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(SNAPP Reviews aren’t really a full fledged game review as much as they are just a way for us to give you a quick “heads-up” on whether a certain game is good or not. It usually means that we haven’t finished the game yet, but have played a good enough chunk to know whether it’s worth your time/money or not.)

With all the games that have released this week, it’s easy to look over a game or seven. One game that should not be missed is Prizefighters by Justin Mai of Koality Games. I was lucky enough to get an early build of the game, so I’ve been playing Prizefighters for quite awhile now.

For those of you who didn’t read my “On The Radar” preview, Prizefighters is an arcade boxing game that pays homage to the late great Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out (It was later called simply, Punch-Out after Tyson started getting in trouble with the law.)

You play as an up-and-coming boxer just starting off his career in the ring. After a brief character creation, you start off your first fight with the number 30 slot, Smooth Hiroto. Controls are adjustable and fairly simple, but does have a brief learning curve. Especially when you have someone beating your face in while you’re figuring things out. It took me a couple fights to get the rhythm down.

You have a 4-corner punching control system. Left/bottom corner punches low, left/upper corner punches high. Same goes for the right side. Dodging is as simple as swiping left or right to get out of the was of haymakers. Blocking was the only thing that hung me up in the beginning. It’s swipe up to block high, and swipe down to block low. So basically, your swipes are your blocks and taps are your punches. There is also a “power punch” that you can use by pressing and holding in one of the 4 corners.

Now, that the controls are out of the way. How about the rest of the game??

This is where I really was impressed with Prizefighters……

You face off against 29 other opponents throughout your career. While you’re scheduling events and climbing up the ranks, you’re able to train your fighter’s strength, speed, stamina, endurance, cut, and chin with your winnings from each fight. You’re also earning EXP for each fight. Leveling up your character grants you new skills that you chose from a skill tree.

Opponents are randomly generated, so that no two careers are the same. On top of that, there’s also different outfits and equipment to purchase for your character and even an Arcade Mode to help earn some extra cash.

Prizefighters is honestly one of the best arcade boxing games I’ve played on iOS. If you’re a fan of boxing games or just action games in general, Prizefighters is a definite knockout. Download this game now!

Prizefighters
Price: Free+

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