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.
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Mixed (238 reviews) - 63% of the 238 user reviews for this game are positive.
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

Mac OS X
    • OS: Vista or later
    • Processor: 1.8 GHz Processor
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 2.0 compliant video card
    • Storage: 60 MB available space
    • OS: Mac OS 10.6+
    • Processor: 1.8 GHz Processor
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 2.0 compliant video card
    • Storage: 60 MB available space
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260 of 289 people (90%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 4, 2014
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 $1.99 on the android Amazon Store
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76 of 105 people (72%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 2, 2014
I shouldve known what I was getting into with the quirky name, but thought I would give it a chance for just 4$. 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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55 of 75 people (73%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
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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26 of 31 people (84%) found this review helpful
15 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 7, 2015
Gaming community, I have a dream. I want to make a beat 'em up video game, but with one singular enemy type, and also the singular enemy type is a bear and there are a lot of bear puns. Every line of dialog in this game will be a bear-related pun, there will be two main characters who are both completely devoid of interesting, fun or memorable personality and the gameplay will be the most painfully repetitive thing ever created. There will be one boss in every level, and that will be the same boss but with a different skin every time!!! All I need, gamers, is help... from you.

This project was successfully funded on July 1st, 2014.
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33 of 46 people (72%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
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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34 of 48 people (71%) found this review helpful
16 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
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
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.
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26 of 34 people (76%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
6.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 31, 2015
The gameplay is boring and extremely repetitive.
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27 of 38 people (71%) found this review helpful
3 people 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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18 of 22 people (82%) 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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15 of 18 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 15, 2015
It's hard to get more monotonous than this, but at least the game has something resembling a sense of humor.
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6.8 hrs
Posted: October 21
Despite not being a serious beat-em-up with complex fighting technique this small game has no negatives - I liked this small satirical thing about uneasy relations between humans & animals, betrayal & revenge. It perfectly catches on genre's tropes & follows them with passion, but the fighting got dumbed down just to feel easier & not distract from the comedy, the very fact of gameplay primitiveness gives it a comical effect.

I liked the bulky pixel-art too, it reminds me of 'Loot Hero DX' art style - in static these games look awful, screenshots don't do justice to them, but in motion when you see the picture slightly unfocused it turns out to have much soul & liveliness in it, the characters get their personalities clearly expressed through the talanted animation. And what characters they are - delicious evil bears & their minion friends are unforgettable!
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0.1 hrs
Posted: October 1
Its not a game, its a pile of garbage.
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1.6 hrs
Posted: July 28
A fun premise and wacky visual design doesn't save this game from boring, repetitive gameplay.
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1.4 hrs
Posted: June 12
Its ok for about a dollar or free but dont expect much.

+Chatter between the main character and the Fist is somewhat...bearable.
+The pixel graphics and environments are ok.
+The story is kinda entertaining.

-Enemies act all the same as well as bosses. Not enough variety.
-"upgrades" don't really do much at all.
-The fighting just gets dull and repetitive quickly.
-achievements are nice, except the ones where you have to level up each character to the max of which there are 20. I started a second playthrough and at level 18 out of 40. Im guessing it would take maybe 5 playthroughs per character for 100 playthroughs. NO. BEAR YOU.
-No co-op, not even local. Inexbearable.
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20.4 hrs
Posted: June 8
really fun speedrunning game, figuring out the fastest way to kill the enemies and breaking the game is really nice.

this for example (current build) https://www.twitch.tv/seaking177/v/71401869 is awesome
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0.8 hrs
Posted: June 3
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I can't preTEND ANYmore
0.4 hrs
Posted: May 21
reminds me of my childhood
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5.0 hrs
Posted: May 16
Fist of Awesome is a tribute to the old school days of video games, the graphics are very reminicent of the Atari 2600 era and the gameplay is similar to old school beat em up's, the chiptune music is fantastic and the gameplay is very simple yet enjoyable,the game is short but sweet in lenght. A MUST BUY!
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0.9 hrs
Posted: April 28
More like Fist of Do the same thing on every level until you finally realize you're repeating the same action over and over again and you decide to move on. :-) Fun for about 20 minutes.
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2.9 hrs
Posted: April 9
I had some fun, but it gets old REALLY fast

What did I like?
  • simple art style
  • soundtrack, some really catchy tunes! (looking at you too credits...)
  • arena mode to some extent

Nor good or bad:
  • humour (bear memes and pop-culture references)
  • it's really short (it took me around an hour to beat the story mode)

What did I NOT like?
  • not big variety in combat, very unispired
  • each level feels the same and even though they take only few minutes to complete they really drag on...
  • basically TWO types of enemies (one are obviously bosses)
  • enemies feel and behave the same
  • special/power attacks do not feel like it at all
  • barebones upgrade system
  • controls felt weird on keyboard

Overall it might be fun on mobile device, just to jump in for few minutes and throw some punches, but that's really it... If you do not have high expectations (and you really shouldn't have) then you might make some fun out of it and shortly after just move on. Still, soundtrack really stands out!

If only there was put more thought behind gameplay... game feels like wasted opportunity, too bad :(
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