The world is chaos. Wars are being waged, armies march across the land, and people kill each other as they fight for the last scraps of resources. But now… now it’s time for revenge! Armed with, well, an arm, you take to the streets to beat some sense into the ruffians of the world. A handy skill tree lets you use the experience you earn, and several arm enhancements let you deal some serious damage in seriously creative ways. It’s a sidescrolling brawler from the classic days of video gaming, and Arm of Revenge never fails to deliver on its promise of action! Use our guide to help carve your way through waves of baddies, one punch at a time!
Controlling a game like Arm of Revenge takes some getting used to, as there are plenty of moves you can perform and a unique key for almost all of them. The most important buttons are moving left and right, tied to the A and D keys, jumping with W, and your light and heavy punches which are J and K respectively. For the most part, you can get by with these, but in order to really master the game, you’ll have to pull out some stops and get creative.
Blocking is usually ignored in brawling games, but with one tap of the I key you can protect yourself from a lot of damage. Similarly with the dash (L key) that lets you escape tight spots. You also have a handy berserk skill, unleashed with the spacebar, that lets you temporarily pummel opponents with a flurry of punches. Very useful against groups of enemies or a hearty boss character!
Combos are also important in Arm of Revenge, and you can pull them off simply by alternating heavy and light punches. Tailor your combos to the situation, as once you start the animation you can’t stop, leaving you vulnerable to enemies who come in from behind.
And finally, it wouldn’t be an Arm of Revenge if you didn’t have a nifty arm ability. Use the Q key to switch between arms. You start out with a simple gun arm that fires horizontally as well as up at an angle. Later you can buy upgrades in the shop that provide more interesting (and effective!) weapons.
- Don’t just fly in to each stage with your arms blazing. A careful strategy balanced between offense and defense must be cultivated in order to persevere. You don’t have infinite health!
- Many of your moves require SP to use. Stick to basic attacks as often as you can, and unleash the big guns only when you need it most.
- Enemies tend to follow simple attack patterns. Keep your distance, fire your guns when available, and move in for the kill just after they attack.
- Need health? Break barrels or anything else in your path. The blue shines that fly out refill your hit points a bit.
- Never give up the higher ground. If there’s a barrel, ramp, or other way to stand above your opponents, get there and fight for your space. Standing higher than enemies gives you an advantage, especially since many of your attacks are angled slightly downwards.
- Don’t forget to block! If you aren’t in the middle of a combo, blocking allows you to absorb an attack without getting knocked back, leaving you in prime position to step in and kick some tail.
- Blocking just before you get hit gives you a small health bonus.
- Move to the left or right just as you get up from a knockdown to perform an evasive roll. This will help you get out of crowded areas.
- Always keep your enemies on one side of you. Back attacks are deadly.
- You gain experience for defeating enemies, not for completing stages. Even if you die and have to restart a level, you keep the experience you earned.
- Be sure to check out the Mochi Coins menu in the power-up screen. There’s a free item waiting for you there!
- Evading is another important skill you should master. Block and dash at the same time to perform a roll.
- Free-standing barrels make great projectiles. Hit one and watch it roll down ramps and across the screen, knocking down enemies in its path.
- Stacks of six or more crates can be used to trap enemies. Bust one of the lower boxes so the higher up crate is halfway in the air. Climb on top, move away from the enemies, and they’ll get stuck under the lip. Great for when you need a breather!
Defeating enemies in Arm of Revenge earns you experience points. These points can be used between stages to power-up your character, unlocking new attacks and making old ones even more effective. Here’s a run-down of some of the more important skills you should learn. Later, you can also unlock special abilities that call for support, deal damage while dashing, and even release fireballs!
- Rising Dragon – Look familiar? This handy little move allows you to perform a short rising uppercut, useful for hitting enemies above you and for knocking foes back a bit. There are three levels of rising dragon to unlock.
- Sonic Strike – Punching the air not your style? You can also unleash sonic strikes, a series of quick punches that deal loads of damage to enemies. Three levels are available, each more effective than the last.
- Turn Kick – Sick of being hit in the back? The turn kick allows you to attack behind you, which is extraordinarily useful!
- Combo Enhancement – When fancy moves aren’t your thing, upgrade your combos to increase the number of attacks you pull off with each string of punches.
- Air Kicks – A few air attacks can also be purchased, each allowing you to dive from the air and attack enemies from the sky. Especially useful if you like to keep your distance and conserve health.
- Fury Punch – Great for fighting single enemies or small groups, this attack allows you to hop on fallen foes and pummel them while they’re down.