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 (104 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

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
1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
Warning!!
    This game contains:
  • Gratuitous nudity bears
  • Talking and living hand (only 1)
  • Dinosaur
  • Human Zoo
  • A timber man
  • Cruel murderers
  • Bear stripper club
  • And many more

    If you have a bear, Don't let your bear sees you playing this game. Your bear can get a massive mental breakdown.

    Anyway, it’s a great and fun game. Buy it when it's discount. Not worth it at full price.
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0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 6
It has its moments.

7/10
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0.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 20
This game if fun when you don't have much else to do or just wanna watse some time. It's fun for a laugh but I can't seem to play it for long because it gets pretty repetitive.
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257 of 286 people (90%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 4
Bare Bears, man. Those tassels. 10/10


Fist of Awesome is a fun game but got kinda boring fast for me. It just didn't have much going for it besides the punching bears bit. The game isn't that long, a single playthrough can be done in one sitting. This isn't surprising as the game was originally a mobile (and Ouya) game. It's a very simplified version of a game like Streets of Rage with regenerating health and no pick-up items. You level up as you play and unlock stat points to powerup your Health, Power, Speed and Special. The Arena mode looks to be a survival mode where you get to play as any character in the game that you've faced off against and other special characters. It doesn't add much enjoyment to the game sadly. Overall the game is horribly repetitive and offers little to no "replayability."

You also fight velociraptors and deer alongside bears. I like the final choice, didn't see it coming.

I'd recommend this game as a casual beat-em-up to play when you want a quick game. Although at full price it's not worth it really, but if you can get it at a discount it's a decent buy.

For the regular price of $7.99 or even the current sale price of $6.79 it isn't that good of a deal.
You can find the game cheaper on mobile platforms: $3.99 on iTunes and the Play Store and $1.99 on the android Amazon Store
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42 of 59 people (71%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 2
I shouldve known what I was getting into with the quirky name, but thought I would give it a chance for just 4$. 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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33 of 49 people (67%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 3
+ 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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17 of 22 people (77%) found this review helpful
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 4
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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19 of 29 people (66%) found this review helpful
6.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 3
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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12 of 18 people (67%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 5
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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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 9
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
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 14
I bought it because it was cheap, and because of the name. Unfortunately these were both bad reasons for owning this game.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 5
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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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 10
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!
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 23
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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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 2
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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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 15
It's painful to write a review about this game, mainly because i feel certain level of simpathy from the fact that the developer is actually putting some level of heart to this game, the problem is that the game just has the constant outgoing tendency to fall to his own knees, whether it's because the gameplay itself is just too darn slow, or just because the humor and "story" just feels nonsensical and pointless, i don't know. What i do know it's that i couldn't get out of the tutorial section of the game without feeling a desperate feeling to play something else, anything for that matter, just something that wasn't this game.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 23
Disappointing. Enemies have pretty much the same 2 attack patterns the whole game and just get more health and damage. I think I've found all the combos, and there isn't a lot of depth.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 25
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 7 people (57%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 7
It's way too boring and half of the time you get kicked in the nuts...
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 24
I went into this game not knowing what to expect. I just picked it up because irecieved a coupon for 75% off and said why hte hell not. I couldn't stop laughing, ubt I also couldn't stop playing. It was hilariously captivating and fun to play. Not the greatest game in the world, but if you ever need something to jsut play for hte hell of it and have a laugh, htis is the game to play.
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