One Finger Death Punch 2 brings me back to my younger days when all I would play are flash games online — and that’s not a bad thing. Games like One Finger Death Punch 2 show that sometimes a core simplistic gameplay loop is all you need to ensure an enjoyable game that provides hours of entertainment and joy.
Developed by Silver Dollar Games, One Finger Death Punch 2 is the second game in the series that blends simplistic gameplay with fast action sequences testing your sharp reflexes using only two buttons on your controller.
It’s Always the Simple Things in Life
A big part of One Finger Death Punch 2 is the simplistic gameplay that only uses two buttons on your controller or mouse. Specifically, square and circle on my PS4 controller. For people returning from the first game, I’m sure you already know the gist of the core gameplay loop. As enemies roll up, you hit the appropriate button as the enemies come into range and from there you just rinse and repeat until you die. It’s not that simple though. What I love about this core gameplay loop is the many avenues the game throws at you while still literally using two buttons.
For example, sometimes you will have to hit the appropriate buttons in the style of a Japanese style top-down rhythm game or mash the button fast. It doesn’t just end there, when the enemies are coming at you, the button you need to press changes between the left and the right which really tests your reflex skills.
While only using two buttons, the game still manages to become challenging as time goes on — and that’s something I adore about One Finger Death Punch 2. I love how the game adds more while still being simplistic. The game is challenging enough that it keeps the game fresh. When I would have some time to play or have a little break, I would jump on One Finger Death Punch 2 and just see how long I could survive because the game is just that fun. It doesn’t attempt to cram many things into the game because you just ham away at the buttons and see how long you can survive.
This game isn’t meant for you to sit in front of the TV for hours, but more to play it in short bursts when you get the chance. While it’s nice to have on home consoles, I think this game is more suited for mobile gaming such as the Nintendo Switch or your phone, so if you are thinking of what platform to get this game on — I recommend something mobile.
Once Again, Simple
It’s funny because even though the gameplay is really simple, the art is actually great. Yes, its art style is suped-up stick figures, but in between loading screens, there’s some nice artwork to be seen. It’s sort of ironic for a game like this because it’s so simple but yet detailed. It’s not the main feature of the game, but a nice touch.
The animation for the game is always well-made with awesome effects and nice backgrounds. It really adds a lot of oomph to the button mashing because it gives it that satisfying push when clearing out waves of enemies on screen. The blood and the effects that pop up as you’re fighting enemies adds a nice element to the game. Even if it didn’t have these crazy effects or art, the game would still be good! So I have to give the developers a lot of credit for the amazing work they put into this department. It adds another layer for One Finger Death Punch 2.
If you are looking for a game to play in short bursts on breaks or just to have a little bit of fun, definitely get One Finger Death Punch 2. For a game like this, I would suggest getting it on something mobile as I really think the game will shine more on there. It’s more of a pickup and play game that’s not meant to be taken seriously. If you like games that test your reflex skills, then this is also a game for you.
With the game being so simple by nature, there’s not too much more to be said. It’s simple, but fun. Honestly, I can even say that I even had more fun with it than some other triple-A games on the market because its simple gameplay is just addicting. I had a lot of fun with this game and I think you will too.
ONE FINGER DEATH PUNCH 2 IS A MUST BUY
Editor Note: While the reviewer recommends this game highly, at the time of this review, there have been multiple reports in user reviews of a serious bug affecting progression with the Android version of this game. We at NookGaming have only tested the PC and PlayStation 4 versions and can only advise to look into this further if you decide to buy the game on Android. It does not appear to affect PC or console versions.
Many thanks to Silver Dollar Games for a PlayStation 4 review code for this title.
Support High-Quality And Detailed Coverage
Want to support the cost of us bringing you these articles or just buy us a coffee for a job well done? Click the Ko-fi button below. You can even find some digital goodies in our shop~!
Ryan only has one goal in mind — to spread the joy of video games. He also loves a variety of games, especially those that have major plot twists. Ryan loves rice and can cook a killer scrambled egg.
Follow @ryanjfabian or email him at [email protected]