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Indie Game ‘Punch Club’ Pays Homage to TMNT

The first rule of Punch Club is apparently to spread the word about this amazing game. After its release on Steam last week, the title quickly gained popularity for its retro look and feel. Part beat ’em up, part simulation, this 8-bit styled indie game makes reference to several pop culture phenomenons – including a certain group of mutant turtles. Okay, so they aren’t actually turtles in this game, but the reference is clear as all four characters live in the sewer and wear colored bandannas. To be fair, if the likeness was too similar, the developers probably would have had to pay a fee in order to make the reference.

Instead of turtles, you will find a group of four mutant crocodiles. Their names have been changed to protect their anonymity. It’d be cool if you could play as these characters, but unfortunately they are only opponents to be beaten. When you defeat all four crocs, a mutant raccoon that looks suspiciously similar to Splinter will teach you a new fighting move. Alternatively, you could also gain access to the underground base used by the gators. Imagine if our heroes in a half shell were actually a family of Leatherhead clones, and you’ll get a good idea of what to expect.


Despite the limitations of copyright law, developers at Lazy Bear Games have managed to craft an interesting addition to Punch Club. It’s nice to know that while we’re waiting for Platinum Games to officially announce the existence of Mutants in Manhattan, we can enjoy a hilarious homage to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in this awesome independent title. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that this game is also a lot of fun. If you’ve ever wanted to play a game like Punch-Out that gave you more control over your skill development, Punch Club is sure to put a smile on your face. At a price of only $9.99, you’ll get quite a few hours of enjoyment out of this game.

What do you think? Is this strange homage to the TMNT worth checking out, or are you just going to wait until the next official TMNT game gets released? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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Justin W

Justin W

My name is Justin Wren and I love to write about the TMNT! I've been a big Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fan since the late 80's. Back then, I would watch the original animated series and play with the Playmates toys all the time. I have been following the boys ever since I was a kid, and I'm very happy to see them back in the limelight after all these years. Needless to say, I'm proud to be a member of the team on this awesome TMNT Fan Site!

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