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  • Summary: Punch Club (ex. VHS Story) is a strategy / tycoon / streetfighter-manager game with 80-90s atmosphere, nostalgia and lots of games/movies references.

    You have to manage your time and money to improve your fighter skills on one side and your training equipment on the other. You will start
    Punch Club (ex. VHS Story) is a strategy / tycoon / streetfighter-manager game with 80-90s atmosphere, nostalgia and lots of games/movies references.

    You have to manage your time and money to improve your fighter skills on one side and your training equipment on the other. You will start as an unknown fighter in the underground club and must work your way to the top and solve the mystery from your past.

    Improve your characteristics, learn new fight moves and unlock new abilities in the skill tree. Make your setup for every fight to suit the particular situation and opponent.

    Choose your way wisely. Every decision matters. You can be a super-hero, a criminal or waste your life watching TV, or even run your own gym.

    The game is a mix of a non-linear storyline, a tycoon-like gameplay, RPG elements and a tactical fight.
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  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. May 24, 2018
    68
    Under a beautiful art, Punch Club it's a life simulator under a sport management sim appearance. You have to manage your time to train, work, buy food, work on your relations, rest... and fight. It's a shame that combats are automatic: if they were playable, probably the game would have been more fun to play.
  2. Jul 14, 2018
    65
    Fights are simulated in this game, fact that makes the title lose strength. With active combats, the game would be improved and it would find itself less drab.
  3. May 24, 2018
    60
    Punch Club is an effective casual management sim with a well-observed 16-bit aesthetic, but its grindy hands-off mechanics soon start to grate. Here on Nintendo's flagship console, it just feels a little too remote and repetitive to be in with a genuine title shout.
  4. 60
    Overall, I think Punch Club is a neat experiment of a game, but it needs a little more story and gameplay variety and a little less repetition. The first rule of Punch Club is obvious (right?), but the second rule is put on some headphones and your favourite podcast. You’re in for the grind of your life.
  5. Aug 13, 2018
    60
    In the long run, it doesn't add anything remarkable, as the game becomes too repetitive and the level of interaction is sub par, which overall ends up harming the game's prospects.
  6. Jun 28, 2018
    60
    Punch Club is one which you need to be committed to in order to get enjoyment out of it. It's slow and plodding and lacking of the desired amount of excitement, but there is satisfaction in figuring out the system and making your way up the ranks.