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: Mixed (175 reviews)
Release Date: Jul 3, 2014

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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

Windows
Mac OS X
    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
73 of 101 people (72%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 2, 2014
I shouldve known what I was getting into with the quirky name, but thought I would give it a chance for just 4$. The game hides behind a vale of so unique retro design and SO HILARIOUS AND FRESH jokes about bears trying to conceal gameplay that is downright terrible. Comparing this to Streets of Rage is an injustice. Unless you find EXTREMLY repetitive gameplay fun dont get this game.
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54 of 73 people (74%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 3, 2014
+ Retro graphics aren't the best graphics out there, but get the job done (a little bit more detail would've been great)
+ Silly humor
+ Regenerating health system works very well

- Upgrades didn't seem to have any effect, or not enough to be really noticeable
- Getting stuck between 2 attacking enemies can get you killed because the game doesn't let you react quickly enough
- Not enough variety in enemy design and attacks, feels like a chore halfway through the game when enemies have bigger healthbars
- Way too short
- Bossfights can't be called bossfights, they're just larger enemies with more health

[Rating: 59/100]
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32 of 44 people (73%) found this review helpful
6.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 3, 2014
I received a coupon for 50% and decided to give it a try. At first glance the game is pretty well built ( By this I mean it runs with absolutely no problems and have not experienced any lag issues at all ). I also was entertained by the game play for about 5-10 minutes and then grew bored of the combat system. The game seems kind of empty to me as there are very few enemy variations ( even different color pallettes could help with this ). The shortness of the game is not an issue to me because a beat-em-up shouldnt take longer than 1:30 to complete from start to finish. All in all I really wouldn't recommend buying this game even for $4 unless some improvements were made to the game.

Possible things to improve (Each of these things should be done if possible)
- More than one playable character for story mode (Unlocks after completing easy mode first)
-Change the health regeneration system so theres actual health pick-ups (This helps to make the game feel less empty)
-Breakable items that may or may not contain weapons and health pick-ups
-Enemy Variation
-Movesets of playable characters

The moveset of Tim Burr is pretty basic which caused me to become bored of the gameplay pretty quickly. If I had more than a few ways to deal with single and multiple enemies I wouldnt mind the amount of repetition you get in this game.

Lastly, comparing this game to streets of rage is truthfully an injustice...
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18 of 23 people (78%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 9, 2014
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 ♥♥♥♥♥♥, ♥♥♥♥♥♥ 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
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23 of 33 people (70%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 4, 2014
While not being a juggernaut graphically, Fist of Awesome provides a thought provoking experience that asks the question: What if humans were on the other side of the food chain? The action is swift, yet raw, and the gameplay is just about as simple as it could ever get. Everything works well here and is more memorable than you would expect given the graphical presentation. The story may or may not stick with you, but it will certainly stick with me. I thought I saw futuristic human fish walking on two legs yowhza!
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17 of 25 people (68%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 5, 2014
It's not the worst game I've played, but I've definitely played better. I appreciate the blending of Atari-ish graphics with some newer style effects. However, I think retro graphics are more the rule than the exception at this point and they don't necessarily fit the style of game. The same goes for the jokes; They're something I like, especially the puns, but the "fighting bears = manliness" line of joking is just beating a dead horse (or bear) nowadays. The mechanics are simple and functional, this isn't bad. What I don't like about the mechanics is the lack of combos and special moves. I'm willing to give that a pass given that this is a port of a mobile game.

In summary, I don't recommend the game at it's current retail price of $7.99. If you end up with a coupon like I did, you genuinely enjoy the beat-em up genre and you want a fun little diversion get it.
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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 5, 2014
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.
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8 of 11 people (73%) found this review helpful
7.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 2, 2014
So here's my short review. Can you punch bears in this game? Yes, a lot.
And here's a longer one. The reason I got the game in the first place is that I had a discount for it. And to be honest probably wouldn't have bought it if I didn't, however it won me over with its promise of flannel shirts, manly beards and a peculiar self-aware sense of humor. And that it delivered. The game has character. It has an appealing visual design, a great soudtrack to keep you motivated during the bear punching and a story probably written by H.G.Wells himself (probably not true).
Now the 'punching' itself is not one of the game's strongest atributes. The problem lies in the lack of variety in combat, especially in the boss battles. You end up finding a single strategy that works for you and then using it for the entire game. That is partially mended by the Arena game mode, which has tons of challanges that force you to change and improve your play style.
Final vedict. I am probably in the minority here, by saying it's good. Not great, but good. True, the story mode is not all that challanging and is a bit too short, however if you ever wanted to punch a bear in the mouth, have € 6 to spend and a free afternoon, i say give this one a shot.
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8 of 11 people (73%) found this review helpful
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 25, 2014
I have seen bad reviews of this game. But I think those people just don't get it. Fist of Awesome has a special brand of stupid, sometimes sarcastic, humor that I really love. This is one of my all-time favorite games. It only takes a few hours to complete, but there are many characters you can play in arena mode, adding to the replay value. However, I am quite easily entertained. So take this review with a grain of salt.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 15
I picked this game up in the humble bundle. Did not expect to loose two hours playing it and enjoying every minute. While I image that combat can get stale for some, the humor is great. A good game to play after work when you want to relex and not think too much.
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 16
Picked this game up as part of a humble bundle, had never heard of it before that.
Good: The humor is the best feature. There's plenty of pop culture references, without being meme-spouting. The arena mode is a nice addition/change of pace.
Bad: I beat the story mode by just spamming the main attack and an occasional jump+main attack, even all the bosses. None of the enemies drop anything, nor are you allowed to bash open any inanimate objects. Would be nice if they dropped coin that could be used to buy something or temp. weapons as many ohter beat em ups do.
Ugly: the level designs, I get that its the retro/pixel style art, but most of the bgs are cheese.

4/10.
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7 of 10 people (70%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 23, 2014
For an indie game from one man and one beard, this is very well done, great music and graphics. I know the pixel art wont appeal to everyone, but here it is presented very nicely. Good action and storyline, fun jokes some of which are in-jokes that people might not get. Difficulty ramps up but never gets overwhelming, leaves you wanting to keep going which is great as replaying allows you to improve your character even more.
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9 of 14 people (64%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 15
GAME OF THE DECADE !! BETTER LOOKING THEN SKYRIM!! MY PC AND MY MIND WAS BLOWN AWAY !!

Ok now to the serious review :P Ok i like Fist of Awesome !! Its nothing flashy or big here but its a decent and funny old school brawler ! The controls are fine but better with a controller ;) The gfx are nice old old old old school pixel art :P I say give this one a go and go and kick a bear in the nards !!
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 16
Incredibly short (under 2 hours) so only get it dirt cheap. Even if it wasn't short, still get it cheap because it basically shares the same game engine as space inavders for atari. Everything about it is hilariously bad. For one thing, the sound effects are laughably awful. The music is good though and the controls work fine (I used a 360 controler). The game has charm though so if you can get it for a dollar then it's worth it for a playthrough.

Kicking bears in the nuts then comboing them ftw.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 15
A tounge in cheek Double Dragon style game that does not take itself to seriously. It seems bears have taken over the timestream and changed the world, much like the apes did in planet of the apes. It's open season on your family and you in this zany adventure.

Pros:
- Funny characters
- Decent game mechanics
Cons:
- Another pixel game (♥♥♥♥ I am tired of these, cant anybody find a style anymore)
- No replay value

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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 15, 2014
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
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 18
This is a pixel beat 'em up.
Bit copied from the era of the 90 games.
Personally very big fan of.

Story is that you travel through time dimension.
And you come in the most crazy places nearby.
In short, funny story for something different.

Game controls are easy to learn and pick up again.
Pretty simple with a 4 action buttons and some funny moves.

Sound effects are sometimes very poorly done.
Background music sound pretty good overall a cool 8 bit beat

Unfortunately only story mode and arena mode.
No offline and online co-op mode, find this very unfortunate.

It costs only 3.99 but find it not worth it.
Buy it for 0.99 or less which I think is worth it,.
It is fun entertainment for awhile.

I can appreciate game for what really it is.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 23
Annoying dears.
A**wipe wolfs.
Comic relief bears!?
Received such stimulating feeling
Its such a weird kind of pleasure.
Punch and Kick them in the stomach!!
With your talking left hand that most male use to fap.

Where the f**k did i get this game.

10/10 Will torture annoying a** animals again

GET IT ON SALES!
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 17
this game is ♥♥♥♥ing perfect best game ive bought for under five bucks.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 13, 2014
fist of awsome is awsome. i like the retro art style, the sound they are simple but funny,the fighting is alright and easy. 10 outa 10 IGN. THEY SHOULD ADD A CAMPAIN REPLAY AS ANY CHARACTAR MODE
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