Leveling up system
Two player co-op
Over 100 different pick-up items
OS: Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows 8
Processor: Dual Core at 2Ghz and above
Memory: 2 GB RAM
Graphics: Open GL 2.0 Compatible Card
Hard Drive: 500 MB available space
About 5-6 hours of gameplay
Violence and some blood. The violence is minimal—you might see a few blood drops from one of your enemies. When you get down to your last life heart there will be blood leaking from your body until you get a heart to increase your life bar.
This game is just like the classic arcade games Gauntlet or Robotron. The old-school gameplay forces you to keep going to beat up monsters, to get stronger items, or to upgrade your stats. People who enjoy the grinding feel of leveling up will love this aspect of the game.
The story is pretty minimal. On each floor you battle a giant eyeball boss, and different types of monsters. On the 1st floor (which I certainly had trouble beating) you might face zombies, and as you progress you find worms, or spiders crawling around in different rooms. As you travel through the different rooms, like the graveyard, you can pick up health, or smash jars to get coins before you battle the boss at the end of each floor.
One great thing about this game is that you can spend a lot of time investing in leveling up your character. You can do this by killing monsters, collecting dropped food from enemies, or collecting crystals. At the end of each level your enemy will drop a key, leading you to a different room. Some of these areas may lead to different stages in the game where you can stock up on coins, crystals, or Iron Fist abilities.
Another great feature is the Iron Fist ability in the game to help you out in a pinch. You throw your fist up in the air, and it shows the radius of the Iron Fist blast—knocking down enemies within that distance. It’s great to use if you are trapped in a corner and have no way out. It’s also great since Iron Fisticle let’s you assign your own keys or buttons for different functions (with either a keyboard or a controller). You can assign the super ability to any key.
Each time you level up you get a new pick-up weapon that increases your stats, and your health. Beware though, they only last a limited time, and extra monsters will spawn in if you hang around too long. Also, make sure you’re paying attention to leveling up. At the end of one level there’s a bonus level to help you collect extra coins. The coins allow you to buy hearts (life), or to upgrade your stats before you move onto the floor with the boss. The boss may be a little hard for you if you haven’t leveled up your character. One good thing though is that if you die you return to the same level and stats. You don’t have to rebuild your character, and there is no need to worry about leveling up again from the beginning. You just get to keep leveling up more!
One critique I have is that there aren’t lives—just a health bar. I didn’t like having only one chance to beat the 1st floor. If you die you must repeat the whole floor again, trying not to lose health.
The graphics to the game are actually pretty good. I liked the pixelated nature; it made me want to play even more since they work so well for this style game. The soundtrack is amazing. I really loved the catchy, triumphant tunes as you defeat monsters. It keeps you pumped up, and will get you started right away as you begin the 1st floor.
Iron Fisticle is a very fun, and interesting game. Most people who are into arcade games like Gauntlet will really enjoy playing Iron Fisticle. If you love grinding and leveling up, then this is the game for you!
+ Amazing soundtrack
+ Runs at a solid 60 FPS
+ Arcade feel
- 1 life; no multiple lives
- Health bar