Similar to games like Streets of Rage and River City Ransom, Fist Puncher is a side-scrolling beat ‘em up. Waves of enemies enter from either side of the screen, and it is your job to lay waste to them. Each character has a small repertoire of attacks they can use – with upgrades available as you level up. Attacks can be chained together to create massive combos, adding points to your special gauge. Special abilities range from ground stomps, back-breakers, and the ability to heal (invest in this skill early to avoid frustration).