Ever wanted to punch a bear IN THE MOUTH? FIST OF AWESOME asks the eternal question "what would happen if bears took over the world?" and answers it with the epic tale of a lumberjack travelling through time punching bears in the face to save humanity.
User reviews: Mostly Positive (96 reviews)
Release Date: Jul 3, 2014

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July 13

Update Released - Go Faster Stripes

Hi everybody!

Thanks to everyone that's bought FIST OF AWESOME so far! You're all wonderful, lovely people.

I've pushed a new update which increases the minimum speed of Tim by 12(ish)%. This is in response to feedback that he feels a bit slow when starting out so you can get into the action all the faster! It also fixes a small text bug in one of the later levels.

In the next fortnight or so, thanks to some lovely community members, I'll be pushing out a version with full Russian translation. If it gets received well I'll release more language updates over the following weeks and months.

Lots of love,

Nicoll x

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About This Game

Ever wanted to punch a bear IN THE MOUTH?

FIST OF AWESOME asks the eternal question "what would happen if bears took over the world?" and answers it with the epic tale of a lumberjack travelling through time punching bears in the face to save humanity.

If you like bear puns then you're in for a treat. If you also like games like Streets of Rage, Double Dragon and Final Fight then sit down, pour a scotch, and get ready for the greatest time-travelling-lumberjack-em-up of all time.

Key Features:
  • A lumberjack who travels through time punching bears in the face to save humanity
  • Develop Award Nominated soundtrack by Brendan Ratliff aka Echolevel
  • Okay-ish pixel graphics
  • An impawsible number of bear-themed puns
  • USB & Bluetooth controller support
  • Like Streets of Rage, but with more bears

System Requirements

PC
Mac
    Minimum:
    • OS: Vista or later
    • Processor: 1.8 GHz Processor
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 2.0 compliant video card
    • Hard Drive: 60 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Mac OS 10.6+
    • Processor: 1.8 GHz Processor
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 2.0 compliant video card
    • Hard Drive: 60 MB available space
Helpful customer reviews
3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.2 hrs on record
This game made me physically mad.
It looked cool. It looked like a fun arcade fighter. But in reality its nothing but a pack of lies.

Let's start with the enemies first.
The devs found it a great idea to create only two real enemy types: Bears, which are the level's boss enemies, and, also bears? I can't tell if the second enemy type are bears since the bosses are clearly defined as bears but the common enemy looks more akin to a human-bear-squirrel freak of nature. And while there are several variations of this Humabearrel each one does the EXACT. SAME. ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥. THING. It feels as though I'm playing the same level over, and over, and over again. It goes like this: fight squirbearmen, fight actual bear, go to next level. The silly gimmicks of traveling through time don't change the enemies at all except for amount of health, which, while im on that little part, IS ♥♥♥♥ING RIDICULOUS. You start off with the "bear"(don't get me started on how much they used this ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ pun) minimum of damage that youre able to cause and each enemy has health into the hundreds. Endlessly doing single digit damage on an enemy that you know will take forever to defeat is tedious as all hell and gets boring after all of ten seconds. And the enemies never end either. You all must know about how in a normal arcade beat 'em up how you fight maybe one or two enemies already waiting for you and then three or so more jump out and attack, correct? Well in this game I constantly found myself against hordes of freaky squirrelbear ♥♥♥♥♥, wondering when, oh when, will I be able to move on? Combine that with their massive healthbars ad you see why it took me 2.2 hours to finish what should have been a mayyyyyybe 45 minute game. ♥♥♥♥ing A, did i hate those endless, boring, tedious parts. Not to mention the bears send you flying on every hit and the manbearpig♥♥♥♥ers stand over your napping body to wail on you every time you get up. And by wail, I MEAN WAIL. Every hit from them stops you from moving and if you're trapped between them well gg no re to you cause you're ♥♥♥♥ed.

And now they storyline. This has spoilers, so if you plan on buying this game (protip: ♥♥♥♥ing don't its horrible) avoid this
area.
So the story is youre Tim Mc♥♥♥♥face, some random ♥♥♥ lumberjack guy (had to interpret this from his clothing) who ALL OF A SUDDEN gains a talking fist named, you certainly guessed it, Fist of Awesome. This fist's entire purpose is that it guides you in your quest, and even that wasn't explained all too well. In reality all it really does is help make ♥♥♥♥ty, ♥♥♥♥ty jokes and un-BEAR-able puns. Tim here and his mighty jerk-it hand suddenly arrive in an alternate reality where bears rule. So what's the first reasonable action you ask?
They punch deers.
I don't know about you but this is flawless. 10/10. roll end credits.
But seriously, ♥♥♥♥'s bad man.
So anyway you realize bears are the true enemy and go on a long ♥♥♥ adventure where you learn that somehow the bears have a time transport train that brings them back in time to breed with past bears and create new super bears and repeat. I could not be making this up. That is how it goes.
So you beat the time machine to explosive death and save your world, right?
Of course not it's never that easy, because the bears have fixed the machine and made everything worse. Bow Bear-ba Fetts fight you as you make youre way to Bear-hatten and into a strip club called "Bare Bears" where you find OH HEY ITS FOA'S BROTHER WHO AS IT TURNS OUT STARTED ALL OF THIS ♥♥♥♥ AND KILLED HIS BROTHER WHO IS NOW YOUR HAND MAKES SENSE AMIRITE GUIYS????????????
So this ♥♥♥♥er then transforms into a massive bear thing and you kick the crap out of him and you win. Fist of Awesome somehow stops possessing your hand and it turns out its now your wedding day. You then talk to some people and accidently walk into a guy who calls you lover and gives you a big sloppy kiss cause it turns out thats the gay ending. Literally.

All in all, 0/10 worst game ever.
Much bad.
Do not buy for any amount of money.
Don't even buy it for free.
It's that level of complete ♥♥♥♥.
0/10 game that runs on the 0/10 engine with 0/10 graphics 0/10 storyline and a 0/10 soul.
♥♥♥♥
THIS
GAME
Posted: October 9
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Very pixelated graphics. Sounds made in acapella. An retro music.
Game is awesome! A very classic Beat 'em up. Might not be the best, but sure is very good!
Posted: October 10
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Terrible game, bought it just so i can say i have "Fist of awesome" in my steam library.
Posted: October 12
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
I can't really add anything that hasn't been said in greater depth by earlier reviewers so I'll sum this up briefly:

Quirky humour barely sustains interest over the repetitive and tedious mechanics, a lack of any pickups, combos or meaningful level ups makes the game feel like a chore after the first few levels and kills replayablity. Would not buy at full price though the now reduced cost maybe worth your time if you found Final Fight or Streets of Rage too long or hard.
Posted: October 5
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
No. Definitely not. Just sooooooo boring. If the fighting were better, the movement not so slow, and the battles more substantial then maybe this game could be alright. Unfortunately this game is just boring and repetitive. Yes, I do realize as you level up you get faster and deal more damage, but holy crap is that a grind. Not a great hook for your game.
Posted: October 11
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.9 hrs on record
Let me answer the question of "Would I recommend this?" with a simple ♥♥♥♥ NO!!!

Sure, a world where bears take the human's place and the humans take the bear's place is a good idea, but they take it too far. Like seriously, a bear stripper club?! WTF WERE YOU THINKING!? Sure, they add a "Warning, Bear Nudity" window when you open the game, but I don't think anyone would link bear nudity to what they linked it too. It is just gross!!

Besides that, the game gets super repeditive with simple...TOO simple combat, boring story, and a confusing ending that doesn't make sense at all.

Overall, don't get this game. It is not worth your time or frustration or your money.
Posted: October 16
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
3.1 hrs on record
Fist of Awesome has its fine features as well as its drawbacks. What you should know going in though is you should be getting it for about 70% story and 30% actual gameplay. Yes it's a side-scrolling beat-em-up, and yes we desperately need more good games along those lines. Fist of Awesome doesn't quite live up in my opinion.

Well why the hell am I recommending it? Because for the price to entertainment value the game is totally worth it. It's funny, and it has a challenge mode that's actually kinda challenging. In general the fighting is pretty clunky, and it's not terribly hard to abuse the setup to win pretty much any fight if you're patient about it. Enemies will all fall for the same dumb tricks. If you're like me and as impatient as all get-out, then the game's challenge goes up a bit and it feels a little more rewarding to clear a stage. The graphics are that retro-throwback nostalgia-style that's so dominant in indie titles these days, but it's done well, and the writing is at the right level where sitting down with a beer, hooking up the gamepad, and playing through can make for a pleasant couple of hours.

The biggest drawbacks are the few I've mentioned: clunky fighting and not really challenging. The other big drawback is a lack of multiplayer. Even if it was just local co-op, I'd be happy. Side-scrollers are the kind of thing you want to get together with friends to grind your way through, laugh, and chew the fat over. While I can enjoy this kind of game on my own, I like the option of having a friend or two along for the ride. Comedies are always funnier when there's someone else in the room to laugh with.
Posted: September 29
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Bear Fisting Simulator 2014
Posted: October 6
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
If you love all of those classic beat em ups such as Double Dragon, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Arcade Game and River City Ransom on the original Nintendo..You should enjoy this title. Although the gameplay is pretty basic, the music and retro graphics make up for it. It's obvious that the developer put in some extra care to make it a little more deep by gaining experience points for upgrades such as speed, strength, etc. You can't expect too much gameplay complexity in this genre anyways. I didn't go in expecting much but was overall satisfied with what I got.

Bottom line: It's a good beat em up "quick fix" to kill some time while listening to great music. I give it a 3/5 being a pretty solid title.
Posted: October 6
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
A game where you go around beating up animals that wear clothes with a talking fist named the FIST OF AWESOME
GOTY 10/10
In all seriousness (however you spell it) is the game bad, No, is it dissapointing, Yes
Posted: October 7
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
It's a short game (can be beat in about an hour or so) and gets repetative rather fast. However, it has a quirky story and is WELL worth the sale price of a buck currently. I think if the game were a bit shorter (fewer sequences of 'kill all these bears before you can go to the next screen) it would be perfect; just a nice quick little beat em up.
Posted: October 7
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Punch:

Bears
Foxes
Dogs
Wolves
Posted: October 8
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Like skyrim, but with beards!!! - 11/10 IGN
Posted: October 10
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
1.9 hrs on record
Ever wondered what it'd be like to punch a bear? Me neither, but this game answers that unasked question and after completing it I've come to a conclusion; I ♥♥♥♥ing hate bears
Posted: October 12
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0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
If you like mindlessly murdering furries, then this game is for you.

FIST OF AWESOME is a game about a man called Tim Burr, who is on a quest to free humanity from the evil clutches of animal kind by altering the space time continuum.

It is cheap, incredibly fun and the sound effects have been produced with only the finest bears and lumberjacks.
For 70p, you are essentially buying a small lump of gold.

Should you buy this game? Yes!

Now, if you'll excuse me, I have some unfinished business with a certain bear with an afro...
Posted: October 13
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4.6 hrs on record
Overall I had a great time with Fist Of Awesome. I laughed and tapped my foot through every level, and immediately started my second play through on a higher difficulty after finishing the game. This game has the perfect blend of great art and music style, humor and fluid game play, and one of the best credit theme songs of all time. Fist Of Awesome is priced perfectly and left me with a smile on my face and nostalgia in my heart. This is a great indie title and has earned 7.5 out of 10 from me.

STORY
The story of Fist Of Awesome is a timeless tale about a lumberjack called Tim Burr, who must fight his way to the truth, and set right the timeline that has seen his home destroyed and his family taken from him. Tim is empowered with the mighty Fist Of Awesome, a talking hand that guides his travels through the damaged timelines searching for the cause of the temporal disturbance. Along his journey Tim must face off against super advanced bears, deer and buffalo who due to the timeline alterations have risen to be the dominant power on Earth.

Fist Of Awesome's story is silly, but that is what I fight Bears was aiming for, and each funny one liner, pop culture reference or throw back to old school gaming is so perfectly delivered that the player will have a great time and laugh right through to the end. The fist play through of the story will take the average gamer no more than an hour to complete but with this in mind I was not disappointed by the playtime, and instead finished the game feeling that I had a great bit of fun getting there.

GAMEPLAY
Fist Of Awesome's controls will be instantly familiar to anyone who has spent some time playing side scrolling fighting games and are easy to get the hang of. The combat is basic in concept but as enemies become more resilient in the higher levels a degree of strategy is required to progress. Each time zone Tim progresses through culminates in a boss fight which is started off with some funny dialogue and are a decent challenge to the player.
Tim gains points and levels up throughout the stages depending on the combos the player can land, and is able to allocate one point to life, strength, speed or special per level. I had a great time with the general game play and leveling system, with the only let down being that enemy types were a bit too samey, and didn’t use their type specific attacks often enough.

VISUALS & MUSIC
The 8-bit art and music style of Fist Of Awesome is brilliant, and further enhances the comedy of the game. I found each level to be entertaining and beautiful in its own way, and enjoyed the well paced soundtrack throughout this crazy adventure.

For my full review and heaps of other delicious content see Glitch
Posted: October 15
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0.7 hrs on record
You fight bears...what is there not to love...
Posted: October 15
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0.7 hrs on record
Nice Game but I recommend you to wait for a sale because I think the normal price is too high
Posted: October 7
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2.5 hrs on record
I thought this game would honestly suck, but I got to punch a Bear stripper in the face. The game is short, and funny as heck. Gets kind of repetitive towards the middle, but if you stick it out, it is worth the money. So many laughs.
Posted: October 12
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5.1 hrs on record
Got this game one sale for a buck. best dollar i ever spent
Posted: October 13
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