Review by Ali_X_Rexus

"It's all in the fingers"

Little Mac's story is one that instills motivation in any one's heart--a tiny boxer won't take no for an answer and will climb up the ranks until he gets to face the one and only Mike Tyson. Mike Tyson's Punch-Out is a simple yet addictive boxing game from the days of the NES.

Your first match in the game is up against a low-ranked boxer that can be easily taken care of. Simply dodge left/right, block, or duck when your opponent flashes and throws a jab/uppercut at you then follow up by jabbing him in the face/waist depending on where he's guarding. This is very simple in nature, and it's because you're just getting started with the game.

The game doesn't add any more moves as you progress, and the challenge comes in the form of faster enemies with little indication of oncoming attacks besides really fast flashes. You need to be fast on your eyes and fingers to go up the ladders and get to Mike.

Speaking of Mike, he's one tough ****, ranked by magazines in lists of hardest game bosses ever. Mike is so fast that you can barely glimpse him coming at you with his jabs. To be ready, you need to memorize Tyson's patterns and have the aforementioned fast fingers. Though you will lose tons of times to Mike, you'll come back for more until you wipe his ass with the stadium.

The game is primitive in looks, but nothing that detracts from game-play. Mike Tyson looks like Mike, and other characters have certain appeal to them.

In the game, you'll have to aim your strikes right/dodge attacks or you will be punished. Little Mac has 20 hearts at his disposal at the beginning of a match, and these hearts get deducted by one for blocking/enemies blocking your hits and by 3 for taking a hit. When you're out of hearts, Little Mac gets stunned and is only capable of dodging, after which he gets a recharge.

This little addittion as well as a star system add a bit of depth to the simple game. If you counter-attack directly after dodging an attack, you might get a star. A star can be used to perform an uppercut, which is a heavy blow that can down plenty of enemies low on health.

While the game might be simple/short, it has a fun/addictive nature to it, so those looking to have a bit of a short blast from the past, try it out.

Pros

+Fun
+Addictive
+Mike Tyson
+Uppercut

Cons

-simple (more attacks could have been implemented)
-short

Story - 4
Visuals - 7
Audio - 6

Gameplay - 9
-FUN Factor - 9
-Controls - A
-Difficulty - Mike is rock hard

Lifespan - 4

Overall - 8


Reviewer's Score: 8/10 | Originally Posted: 12/04/08

Game Release: Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!! (US, 10/31/87)


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