FIST OF AWESOME is a time-travelling-lumberjack-em-up of epic proportions. It stars Tim Burr as a man out of time, caught up in a needlessly convoluted plot to enslave humanity by populating history with homicidal wild animals. FIST OF AWESOME gleefully conjures up nostalgic memories of the likes of Final Fight, Streets of Rage, and other fondly remembered brawlers from the 1990s golden age of scrolling beat ’em ups.
I first met Nicoll Hunt (who is definitely not a girl – the beard is a dead giveaway) in an upstairs bar at a games industry social do in a London pub last year. He mentioned the little 80s inspired beatemup he’d been working on, and handed phone around for us to have a play. I later tweeted that it was indeed awesome, and hoped I’d get to play a finished version one day.
Not long later, in early November, Nicoll tweeted out of the blue that he was launching a Kickstarter so that he could leave his day job and put some serious effort into getting FIST finished and released. Of course I threw my money at him immediately (in fact I somehow ended up as backer #1.) A month later, he’d achieved 236% of his funding target and all was go.
I’ve been having a good play of the latest test build these last few days and have been having a thoroughly awesome time – the controls feel fluid and perfectly suited to a touchscreen, and the graphics and sound do a great job of harking back to the 80s whilst still feeling like a modern game.
The game is due for release on iOS, Android and Ouya on the 15th of October, and later on PC, which can be preordered at fistofawesome.com
You will also be able to admire Nicoll’s impressive beard first hand in the Indie Game Arcade at the Eurogamer Expo at the end of September.