Old people probably remember Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out!!, a game for the original Nintendo Entertainment System about Little Mac, a tiny boxer rising through the ranks by defeating opponents so much larger that they look like they could swallow Mac whole with very little difficulty.
Category: iOS Games
Works With: iPhone, iPad
It’s an underdog story that owed a lot to films like Rocky and The Karate Kid — movies that helped to create that most honored of sports-story traditions: the training montage.
Endless Boss Fight, a new free-to-play game from developer White Milk Studios, is basically a perpetual game version of those montages.
You play as DD, a plucky little upstart who finds himself squaring off against a much larger opponent that is impossible to defeat. For good, anyway; every time you beat him, he comes back with new weapons and attacks, and you start fighting all over again.
If it sounds like an Infinity Blade-style perpetual grind, that’s because it is. But it’s also more fun than that because you have other ways to get stronger beside just fighting the same enemy over and over — and I don’t mean in-app purchases).
Endless Boss Fight includes a multiplayer mode in which you can create your own customized boss and send it off to fight other players. Meanwhile, you can fight other people’s bosses to earn coins for upgrades and special attacks. And your boss fights in the background whether you’re playing the game or not, so you’ll open it up and find a whole bunch of upgrade coins waiting for you. Which is nice.
You have other ways to get stronger beside just fighting the same enemy over and over
The biggest problem here, however, is the controls. You have three choices: a virtual joystick, a virtual directional pad, and directing DD by dragging on the screen. In all three, a quick swipe to the right or left makes DD dash in that direction, and tapping the right side of the screen makes him punch.
Those two things work just fine, but none of the three movement systems worked for me. DD wouldn’t move fast enough, or he’d go the wrong direction, or I’d just run out of space on the screen and get hit before I could reset my thumb. In a game like this, your failure should be due to your character not being strong enough and not clumsy controls.
It’s still a pretty cute game, though.
| Game Name: : Endless Boss Fight|
The Good: Cute graphics, mostly pain-free grinding, and a fun multiplayer mode.
The Bad: The controls want you to fail. That’s the only way to explain it.
The Verdict: It’s a grind-a-thon that actually cares if you’re having fun. Too bad the controls hate you.
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