Punch Your Boss – Summer, iPhone app by developer Smobile Co., combines the best of mole whacking mayhem with Elf Yourself, creating an interesting arcade pastiche for the iPhone. The game isn’t perfect (there’s a profound lack of content without an in-app monetary investment) but it’s certainly worth a look, especially considering the low initial price of entry – free!
Concept and Gameplay
Our iPhone app review found that the concept hidden beneath Punch Your Boss is quirky at best and downright silly elsewhere: The iPhone app serves as a stress reliever, allowing players to slap mercilessly the faces of their friends, enemies and loved ones. The game mechanic itself is most similar to Whack-a-Mole, that beloved carnival classic. Heads appear from below the water in any number of striped rings. It’s up to the player to punch them straight away before they disappear. Some of the heads also come with a balloon taped to their forehead, yielding extra points when abused. Likewise, stringing together hits returns an extra point bonus as well.
There are two separate game modes, one being the “Time Attack” style offering that gives the player one minute to smack as many heads as possible. This was our favorite mode, especially as the other Survival ruleset must be purchased for a dollar in-app. Unlocking the extra content comes with a number of benefits, however, including increased power-ups unique bonuses, and of course, even more playtime.
Still, we would would have appreciated a bit more gameplay on the free side of things. We don’t mind paying for a bit of fun, but considering there’s very little action to even dip your to into initially, fleshing out the timed mechanic with more power-ups and extra incentives would be a tremendous boon.
Design and Graphics
Thankfully, the game itself looks fantastic on the iPhone’s Retina display. We particularly enjoyed the photographic aspects of the application: Users are free to snap a picture of their friends and then crop their faces to match the in-game heads. This feature works like a charm, and it’s genuinely hilarious to see your friends, lovers, or enemies appearing for a beating. We also thought the addition of Game Center integration was tasteful.
It’s worth noting that the intertextual English is almost indecipherably bad, however. We know we’re sticklers for it, but still: A quick run with a native speaker would solve 90% of Punch Your Boss’ problems.
Considering Punch Your Boss is free in the App Store, there’s nothing to lose by giving it a try. The app is hilarious, inventive, and classically addictive. That being said, the content well dries quick, though the option to purchase more gameplay in-app is worth a shot. If you’re looking for some cheap fun on the iPhone, Punch Your Boss is your new best mate.
Punch Your Boss requires iOS 4.1 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.
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