"In the Beast Boxing Leagues of Beasthalla, the strongest monsters fight for fame and fortune."
You are Char, a great fan of Beast Boxing. You dream abotu one day becomming a beast boxer yourself. But there is one problem: you are a human from the slums and humans are not allowed to compete. So you buy a monster costume and trick your way to a qualifying match for the Bush League, the lowest league there is.
And that is where the game starts and you start to jab, cross, hook and uppercut yourself to fame and fortune. And eventually realize that youa re fighting for more than just your dream, but human rights and the place of humanity in a beasty world.
The controls are fairly simple, be it controller or keyboard, requiring only either an analogue stick and two buttons, or the arrow keys and two punching keys. As you progress through the game, you are tought to block, dodge, counter and preserve your stamina through a series of optional tutorial fights.
There are 12 opponents in total to unlock and you can do exhibition matches against any opponent you have defeated. Every fight nets you cash. This you can use to buy better equipment and to train your skills. Sometimes you may need to take a step back and practice with weaker opponents, earn some cash and upgrade your equipment before being able to proceed through harder leagues.
On normal difficulty, the story mode took me just under 3 hours. There is a New Game Plus though where opponents are tougher, faster and hit harder.
And there is an Endless mode, where you can test your boxing skills and see how long you can last.
There can be a bit of frustration when opponents seemingly hover just outside your reach and none of your punches connect. But perseverance will see every beast that gets in your way K.O. on the ground.
Overall a very fun little game that keeps entertaining far beyond a single playthrough.