Return to the glory days of sidescrolling beat-em-ups, courtesy of developers Team2Bit and Adult Swim Games. The sinister Milkman holds the city of San Cruces in his nasty criminal grip, and it’s up to legendary black belt neurosurgeon Dr. Karate and the rest of the Fist Puncher team to deliver old-school justice to the lawless streets.
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Release Date: Jun 21, 2013

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October 24

Fist Puncher Halloween Free Update is live!

Put down your trick-or-treat bag, forget about carving that jack-o-lantern, and pick up a controller. The classic brawler Fist Puncher is back with three new playable Halloween-inspired characters who are ready to kick, punch, and stomp through the violent streets of San Cruces and deliver a frightening dose of justice. Play as the maniacal Murdering Clown, the brain-eating Bath Salt Zombie, or the pumpkin-headed Samhain.

All three new Halloween characters are fully unlocked in the PC version of Fist Puncher. We're hoping to eventually bring these characters to the Mac/Linux versions of Fist Puncher as well, but that will have to wait for a future update (thanks for your patience).

Happy Halloween!
- Team2Bit (the Lewandowski Brothers)

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“A welcome and extended return to the heyday of brawlers.”
- Gamespot

“A game where you punch a great many things and will have a lot of fun doing so.”
- Hardcore Gamer

“A really fun game that is sure to be a hit among the indie gaming crowd.”
- BioGamer Girl

About This Game

Return to the glory days of sidescrolling beat-em-ups, courtesy of developers Team2Bit and Adult Swim Games.

The sinister Milkman holds the city of San Cruces in his nasty criminal grip, and it’s up to legendary black belt neurosurgeon Dr. Karate and the rest of the Fist Puncher team to deliver old-school justice to the lawless streets.

Key Features

  • 19 playable characters, including the all-new Farooq and Omar the Red
  • New super challenging "They Live" mode
  • Assign “RPG-lite” skill points to level up your crew as you play
  • Each fighter has a unique set of moves and perks to unlock
  • 50 levels of mayhem
  • Packed with collectibles, Easter Eggs, and secrets
  • 99 achievement trading cards to find, plus Steam Trading Cards support
  • 2-4 players simultaneous local co-op action

System Requirements

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • OS:Windows XP (SP2)
    • Memory:2 GB RAM
    • Graphics:Direct X 9
    • DirectX®:9.0
    • Hard Drive:500 MB HD space
    • Additional:Xbox Controller Recommended
    • Memory:4 GB RAM
    • DirectX®:10
    • Hard Drive:500 MB HD space
    • Additional:Xbox Controller Recommended
    • OS:Snow Leopard 10.6.8, 32/64-bit
    • Memory:2 GB RAM
    • Graphics:OpenGL 3.0+ support (2.1 with ARB extensions acceptable)
    • Hard Drive:500 MB HD space
    • Additional:Xbox Controller Recommended
    • Memory:4 GB RAM
    • Hard Drive:500 MB HD space
    • Additional:Xbox Controller Recommended
    • OS:glibc 2.15+, 32/64-bit. S3TC support is NOT required.
    • Memory:2 GB RAM
    • Graphics:OpenGL 3.0+ support (2.1 with ARB extensions acceptable)
    • Hard Drive:500 MB HD space
    • Additional:Xbox Controller Recommended
    • Memory:4 GB RAM
    • Hard Drive:500 MB HD space
    • Additional:Xbox Controller Recommended
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44 of 47 people (94%) found this review helpful
15.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 10, 2014
This game really is a very mixed bag.

There are some awesome ideas and characters there, but the game as a whole feels halfhearted and gets very repetetive very fast.

Let's start with some basic stuff:
The game is supposed to be a throwback to the classical 8&16 bit era of sidescrolling beat'em'ups in the vein of Double Dragon, Final Fight, Bare Knuckle/Streets of Rage and River City Ransom.
It has a lot of references to games such as these, and quiet a few parodistic moments.

You have eventually up to 20 playable characters, as mentioned some of them are hilarious. Just to name Dr. Karate and the Beekeper, two of the starting characters. But as funny as they are, there is not much more to them: Gameplay-wise, there is not that much difference after a while: Almost every character learns a projectile and a dash attack, can autoheal and lift enemies. The main difference is their starting statistics, how soon they learn which skill and if it is better to spam the one special attack or the other.

It is similar with the stages: Their are fights in the subway, on a nude beach, on top of a truck, but again, besides scenery, it is all rather similar.
The same with the opponents: You fight thugs, guys in suits, nurses, zombies and many more quirky or absurd opponents, but with a very few exceptions, they behave all the same - except later, when they start to have guns.
And again, so do the bosses: Most do the same.
They are further grotesquely large in comparison to the other characters, and while that is funny at the beginning, if you fight similar bosses for the uptenth time, the joke gets old.

Later bosses can kill you with two hits. So basically, if you do not stick with one of the characters, which were unlocked at the beginning, you need to grind some time before you stand a chance.
That goes for the game in general, it gets very unforgiving pretty soon. You can always grind, but the combination of artificially heightened difficulty and repetetion was more frustrating than encouraging in my opionion.

I know I am repeating myself, but I find no other description for the story: It starts out kind of promising, like a parody of the classic "save damsel in distress"-trope, then it more or less disappears while you have pointless and uninspired conversations with the bosses, just to end in a Twist with a cliffhanger.

To be fair, the game is cheap, so you will get your money's worth.
I can imagine, having up to three friends over, and playing the game with its funny characters for a short while (preferebly while drinking) you can have great fun - as long as you stop before it gets repetitive or frustrating.
Still, it feels largely like a chance, which remained unused. Like they used all their great ideas, than just stretched the game by repeating everything 5 times with increasing difficulty. Here's to hoping for a sequel which will be finished.
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37 of 41 people (90%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 7, 2014
Solid beat em up that unlocks the power of your hands and feet to damage the evil in this world.

That's proper usage of our four appendages by jove!
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61 of 91 people (67%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
19.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 18, 2014
The Little Brawler That Could (but probably shouldn't have)

My girlfriend and I liked this game at first: there were unlocks, some of the humor worked, and the light rpg elements and combat were functional. We love Double Dragon, River City Ransom, Golden Axe, TMNT, Streets of Rage etc., so this seemed like a sure bet at the time.

After a while we decide we like it, and want to show our friends. But we can't include our friends because that would mean grinding up their characters to our level so we could play (levels are attached to the 4 players, not to the characters themselves). So now we have to leave our friends out and just play by ourselves, but its no big deal. Now combat is starting to get stale and nothing is really jumping out at us. Then we decide we want to be daring and maybe try out one of the many new characters we unlocked, but oh bummer, they start at level 0 and would take hours to grind. Now we are trapped, just the two of us, playing a game where we aren't really free to use the characters we unlock with out going through the monotony of grinding. We went through level after level, unlocking all kinds of cards (achievments), characters, and secret items/areas, but really all we wanted to do was have fun. Packing in all this content doesn't really matter unless the game offers some kind of entertainment.

I could go on about all this, but the bottom line is this: I was grinding so much I was surprised I didn't just unlock the next level in Tony Hawk.

By the time we reached the halfway point of the game, we were definitely not enjoying ourselves. Luckily, we ran into a bunch of difficulty spikes that really won us over.After simmering in our losses on the final level for what felt like hours, we finally beat it. The final joke did make us laugh, but I think the humor really came from how fitting it was that we made a mistake both in real life and in the game just by playing it.

The way this game artificially lengthens itself would make JRPGs blush. I actually feel unclean for putting in 20 hours to get %100, but that's my own fault. This isn't a terrible game, I enjoyed half of it, but I think it just spread itself too thin.
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26 of 34 people (76%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
10.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 5, 2013
If you enjoyed Double Dragon on NES you will like this game. From the side scroller games I have tried on steam so far this one is so far easily the best.

10 / 10
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16 of 17 people (94%) found this review helpful
10.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 18, 2015
I honestly don't know what to say.

On the one hand, the seemingly decent combat system is kinda jacked, and you just end up spamming the same couple of moves 90% of the time, there are very annoying levels and bosses, the graphics is kind of meh (though in motion it looks better than on the screenshots), and for a parody beat'em up it is not very funny.

On the other hand, you can throw dogs, cakes and soda machines at people, as well as shoot bees and hearts, there are lots of fairly diverse playable characters and a level-up system with perks, you will get showered with achievements for the entire course of the game, and almost every level actually has unique sprites for enemies, props, backgrounds, and bosses.

Despite the mixed bag of positives and negatives, however, the constant introduction of new stuff, coupled with character progression, do make you want to keep playing and just "beat one more level", or "save one more lady", or "level up one more time", or "unlock one more achievement", which was enough for me to get suckered in and beat the whole thing in just one sitting.

So I suppose this makes it a tentative "recommend" if you see it dirt cheap in a bargain bin, and are looking for a game where you can turn off half of your brain completely and just smash a few buttons for several hours.

P.S. I could totally see it being much more fun and replayable as a co-op game, but - alas! - the co-op is only local, which, in my opinion, is a big missed opportunity.
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11 of 12 people (92%) found this review helpful
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 29, 2014
Extraordinary Retro game that brings back lots of memories of the old 'Beat 'em up' games in the day.

People believe that it's just plain repitive combat, but you'll be surprised with the amount of humor you come across and no maps repeat, multiple characters to choose from, upgrades and perks on your character to your choice.

Definitely recommend to those that just want a quick 10 minutes of funny fist fighting curb crushers.

Even better, Local Co-Op to share the great experience with a friend, family member or even your cat! :D

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11 of 12 people (92%) found this review helpful
5.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 3, 2014
Since Fist puncher is a no-nonsense name for a game, I'm going to do a no-nonsense review.

The good

-20 playable characters
-Lots of levels with a good bit of variety to them.
-Experience/levelup system that works well enough.
-Dumb entertainment when you just wanna mash buttons and pound people.
-Up to four player co-op
-humorous at times

The bad

-Iffy mechanics (giant boss-guys can be punched in the head even if you're near the top of the screen.
-That's kinda necessary because they hit way too hard to go toe to toe with.
-Cheap deaths
-The straight beatemup stages are pretty shallow.
-Some frustrating levels. Going for 100% will give you a headache
-No online-play (maybe that'll get patched in later???)

As a straight beatemup, Fist puncher is merely serviceable. But if you approach it like any other game, it's quite solid and offers a respectable level of challenge. Fist Puncher can take awhile to really get into, at least that's how it went when I played through the game.

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22 of 33 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
7.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 10, 2014
It's not nearly as entertaining as it looks. A lot of the content is okay to enjoyable, but the structure of the game is deliberately skewed to make single player unreasonably difficult, and they tied the "RPG-lite" system to individual character/controller-slot combinations (as opposed to character or player profiles), so multiplayer is a tedious leveling affair for all players, all the time. You might cruise along fondly for a few levels, but the seams quickly fall apart as you reach the point where you have to have multiple players actually leveled up to proceed. I'd be willing to play to the end, but none of my friends are tolerant enough to get there, and honestly, I don't blame them.

It's a shame, because the framework is there for a great beat-em-up game, but they didn't feel to finish the product by correcting poor design decisions and fleshing out the feature set.

My recommendation, if you really want a good beat 'em up, play Castle Crashers instead. It's got everything present here and a lot more. If you've already done that and want variety, don't bother here. You're going to be overwhelmed with the knowledge that it's not nearly as good.
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13 of 17 people (76%) found this review helpful
8.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 5, 2014
A really fun beat 'em up game.

- I like the touch of rpg with the leveling (point assingment to stats) and perks systems.
- Lots of characters.
- Hidden items to unlock areas on the Crypt
- Funny
- Special levels where you survive not falling from a truck, disable a bomb before time runs out and other modifiers for example.

- No combo animations. When you punch or kick you see the same punch or kick animation. An upper cut to end a punching combo or a roundhous kick to end a kick combo would be cool.
- Would like to see DLC and more characters in the future.
- Needs online co-op.
- Gets a bit repetitive.
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12 of 17 people (71%) found this review helpful
12.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 28, 2013
As a fan of classic side scrolling beat-em-ups, I had to try this game. As the title indicates, this game takes an exaggerated spin on classic side scroller fight genre. It is best played with a group of friends. One major flaw is the lack of online multiplayer. Though I prefer computer master race keyboards, I found that this game plays much better with a controller. Comparing again with River City Ransom, I would say that this was a fun spin. Especially using smart cars as melee weapons. The gameplay and feel are not completely as polished but there is more challenge. The game is not terribly long, but there are a lot of secrets to discover. If you're not a fan of River City Ransom, I think it would be hard to appreciate this games absurdity.
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9.6 hrs
Posted: October 25
i love this game but at some point it gets very hard to finish mission would be a majot impovement if online co-op was added if game devs see this can online co-op be added plz
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8.0 hrs
Posted: August 22
The best thing about this 2D Beat'em up is its cast of characters you can play as, their are over 20 in game and each one of them has their own unique abilities and skills taht makes each one feel a little fresh and not just reskins. The combat is more basic like that of classic 2D brawler games and can get monotonous at times however the character unique skills keep things interesting. Each character levels seperately as well and are also given stat points that you have control over placement of, meaning you have the choice of how you build each one and what abilites are unlocked. The level design is well done and clever and throws homage to other games and pop culture references. Also each level has its own things going on that help keep things interesting and not just a punch grind. The music is very retro and gives you that arcade vibe. Overall the game is a decent 2D beat'em up with cool character design, a quirky story, and great replayability.

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3.4 hrs
Posted: July 30
The combat is too basic and after a few fights the enemies feel like a grind - they have a lot of HP and don't do much.

Good for cards though.
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7.4 hrs
Posted: July 14
nice game really had fun with my brother! graphics and gameplay are awesome <3 really loved this game and it was cheap on sale :D
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The Fonz
9.3 hrs
Posted: June 27
A bad beat em up with dated jokes that drags on way too long. Awful gimmick stages and bad boss design with doing 0 damage at max strength or missing attacks in a beat em up is bad. The power up mode barely last any time even upgraded and it still does pitiful damage.

If you want a good beat em up play something else.
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4.0 hrs
Posted: June 16
Horrible game, bad graphics, no style, ridiculous gameplay, zero fun.
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0.3 hrs
Posted: June 3
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1.9 hrs
Posted: May 23
Yet another painfully mediocre "retro throwback". It doesn't do anything to distinguish itself or make combat fun. It's just trite faux 80s aesthetic and references without any real meat. The only thing that makes it any different from an amateur Newgrounds game is the length, but the filler does nothing to help what a boring, uninspired experience it is.
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baby jesus
0.9 hrs
Posted: April 10
Over-priced at $9.99

This is just a fairly small game with heavy grinding involved. May be worth an hour or so if you have nothing else to do, but it didn't grab me at all.

It might be something to try as a party game, but the grinding aspects of that don't really work either.
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4.3 hrs
Posted: March 9
This games does not work on Windows 10. Too bad, as I've had a lot of fun with it back when I was running Windows 7.
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