'Punch Quest' - Best apps of October 2012

Tools

3Punch Quest
(Developed by Rocketcat Games)
Available for: iOS
Price: Free

If your initial response to Punch Quest is something along the lines of "That is an awesome title for a game," then yeah, this old-school, arcade-style platformer is unquestionably for you. Rest assured that the game doesn't skimp on the punching or the questing: Your hero rushes headlong through a monster-packed dungeon, throwing haymakers at everything in sight--ogres, zombies, priceless pottery, whatever. Along the way you can unlock special skills and "supermoves," ride a dinosaur that shoots lasers from its mouth, don stylish hats and destroy a supernatural egg that transforms you into a magical gnome. And if you think that last sentence is over-the-top, just wait until you play the game.

Punch Quest is simple but fundamentally sound: All moves are controlled by tapping the screen with your thumbs, but the mechanics support a wide range of actions and attacks. More important, it's wildly imaginative and delightfully goofy--you gotta love a game that refuses to take itself seriously, even though it's seriously great.