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  1. Positive: 8 out of 10
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  1. 80
    All in all, Pocket Rumble’s goal of being a fighting game for everyone was accomplished. This is great for newcomers and veterans of retro fighters as this one is easy to learn and hard to master. Just keep in mind, if you’re looking for anything to collect or any sort of progression besides just ranking yourself up, you won’t find it here. The authentic retro style and addicting gameplay, however, is still worth your time– especially if you want something that you can pick up and play in quick and insanely fun bursts.
  2. Jul 26, 2018
    80
    Pocket Rumble is a delightful fighting game boasting tight gameplay and lovely visuals. Its brutal difficulty is a bit at odds with the simplified control scheme, but as with anything, perseverance breeds excellence.
  3. Jul 6, 2018
    80
    Working well with any controller, the game is good fun and perfectly suited for quick bursts of play, whether that be in online battles or pla ying tabletop against friends. Admittedly the Switch is not short of decent fighting games, but Pocket Rumble still provides great entertainment.
  4. Jul 17, 2018
    80
    Pocket Rumble is a fun fighting game that has easy to learn controls, but can be hard to master for someone not familiar with fighting games. The visuals are top notch with a fun roster and as a whole, feels like it's straight from a retro console, yet made for current gen.
  5. Jul 18, 2018
    80
    Pocket Rumble is a lovely bite sized fighter with great accessible gameplay, 2 player versus with single Joy-Con support on the same Switch, and a nice retro aesthetic.
  6. Jul 17, 2018
    78
    Pocket Rumble is a fighting game suitable for the whole family, with many game modes and a delightful and recognizable artistic style.
  7. Jul 12, 2018
    50
    After a year of delays, the Switch version of Pocket Rumble unfortunately disappoints on multiple levels. While it has a distinct art style and some great multiplayer options, the overall lack of content and limited moveset hinder the game’s true potential.

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  1. Jul 5, 2018
    9
    For this price this is a great introduction to fighting games, simple inputs for new players but a lot of depth too. A few UX issues in termsFor this price this is a great introduction to fighting games, simple inputs for new players but a lot of depth too. A few UX issues in terms of menus, but nothing major. Expand
  2. Jul 5, 2018
    9
    It's a simplified fighter with impressive depth, GGPO netcode, effective tutorials and more. It even has frame data and hitboxes in trainingIt's a simplified fighter with impressive depth, GGPO netcode, effective tutorials and more. It even has frame data and hitboxes in training mode. The style is unique and clean, with plenty of homages to classic fighting game characters. You can turn off the scanlines entirely if you don't like them. This is perfect for the Switch in particular thanks to the simple controls, great for jumping into for a couple rounds. For the price, I can't see any fighting game fan not liking this Expand
  3. Jul 6, 2018
    8
    Excellent re-imagining of a classic. Consider this the fighting game for those tired of getting out-skilled in larger titles like StreetExcellent re-imagining of a classic. Consider this the fighting game for those tired of getting out-skilled in larger titles like Street Fighter. The focus is on mastery of 3-4 skills and kick-punch combo's/range. So just like a fighting tutorial the whole objective is mastery of the hit box.

    A great pick up and play title - but pro's should be wary of meat-on-the-bone here. Its a light fighter, competitive play is going to be riddled with inconsistency. This means everybody has a better chance of winning, but also that skill won't take you as far.

    8/10 - well worth the price tag.
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  4. Jul 7, 2018
    8
    A well crafted little fighting game, with some degree of depth. Commands are easy, but you will have a good time understanding how to beat CPUA well crafted little fighting game, with some degree of depth. Commands are easy, but you will have a good time understanding how to beat CPU on Arcade Mode. Online Ranked works almost flawlessly. Great value for such a small price. Expand
  5. Aug 5, 2018
    7
    An amazing game with great pixel art and graphics - so it definitely will win the heart of most people. On the other hand, there is no varietyAn amazing game with great pixel art and graphics - so it definitely will win the heart of most people. On the other hand, there is no variety with that pixel art. Basically, with only 8 characters, the game gets boring fast. If you're with a friend - great! it'll be fun for 5 rounds and you'll be sick after trying every character. If you wish to master a character it does take some time and garners some replayability.
    I do have to tip my hat to the gameplay. It is ridiculously satisfying and fun the first times once you know what you're doing and the person you're playing with is on your level.
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  6. Jul 7, 2018
    6
    Marketing as a " simplified fighter" couldn't be any further from the truth. 10 hours of playtime equated to zero wins against the cpu, andMarketing as a " simplified fighter" couldn't be any further from the truth. 10 hours of playtime equated to zero wins against the cpu, and zero clears of arcade mode. I'm no stranger to fighting games, but this is NOT a game you can jump into without serious hours of practice.

    The cpu is EXTREMELY difficult. The game reads your inputs so it always counters your attacks, blocks, and buffers. You get little to no recovery time so once you're down in a corner, you can be combo'd from full to 0 just trying to stand up.

    CPU aside the game COULD be very fun, but the AI in this game ruined the fun for me. No difficulty setting except in 'vs' mode but even on "easy" the game's cpu is slightly more difficult than max difficulty in street fighter.

    Nice graphics, mediocre soundtrack (many amazing chiptune artists out there could have done better), very small roster, no difficulty setting, all harm the enjoyment. I really wanted to love this game, but it leaves a bad taste in my mouth after each round.
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  7. Jul 5, 2018
    6
    Today I bought pocket rumble for the switch after playing it. it was one of the most unfair fighting games I have play. but they are somethingToday I bought pocket rumble for the switch after playing it. it was one of the most unfair fighting games I have play. but they are something in the game that I'll like. the games art style has a chance to it with the spite of the characters and the backgrounds of the stage. and I did play pocket rumble multiplayer at a game convention in London a couple of months ago and I thought it was fun. but game CPU will always spam the same attack and an even if you chose the easiest difficulty and it would act like you chose the hardest difficulty and the music can be forgettable.
    after that, I feel like they are much better fighting games out there than this or if you still think the pocket rumble look interesting just wait until the game is on sale.
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