Putting a bit more action than is typical into the puzzle action genre, making for a more hectic experience
For the most part when you think of puzzle action games the likes of Tetris and Puyo Puyo come to mind, with you moving your pieces and manipulating them in some way before putting them into place. There’s no question these games can get quite intense as the speed increases and your space to work with begins to shrink, and that can make for some challenging fun. The Punchuin has decided to take that frantic nature and complicate things a bit by putting you far more directly in the action. You’ll control your boxing glove-wielding penguin and in order to get your pieces in place or remove obstacles you’ll need to punch your way to success. There’s definitely a learning curve here as you begin to get better at strategizing how best to handle the variety of challenges you’ll face, between how best to deal with frozen blocks, managing multiple colors effectively, and how best to utilize your power-up blocks that will show up periodically. Put it all together and you have a pretty cool take on a style of play that is familiar but has now been shaken up a bit, perhaps from being a bit punch drunk.
Justin Nation, Score:
Nindie Choice! [8.0]