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  1. Positive: 9 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. NF Magazine
    Sep 5, 2018
    85
    Complete or not, this is one incredibly fun fighting game, and a great value for $10. [Issue #35 – September/October 2018, p. 22]
  2. 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.
  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 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.
  5. 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.
  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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  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. Feb 1, 2019
    8
    For a $10.00 game, this does the job really well. There are quite a few game modes. I really like the "Easy to learn, hard to master" types ofFor a $10.00 game, this does the job really well. There are quite a few game modes. I really like the "Easy to learn, hard to master" types of fighting games, and this is no exception. I really like the presentation, the simple controls are great, and it's just really addicting to duke it out. Overall, it's not as good as something like Super Smash Bros., but for being what it's trying to be, it's really nice. 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. Apr 27, 2019
    6
    Pocket Rumble looks great and really does emulate the style and substance of fighting games from the Neo Geo Pocket. Where it fails is anPocket Rumble looks great and really does emulate the style and substance of fighting games from the Neo Geo Pocket. Where it fails is an absolutely unforgiving difficulty and lack of approachability. There is a training / tutorial mode, but it is poorly implemented and offers stunted, obtuse instruction in even basic techniques. Opponents in Arcade Mode are so ruthless, novices will likely fail to get past even the first opponent. PR is aimed exclusively at top-tier fighting game fans, which is a shame, because with some adjustments to the AI and at least one or two variable difficulty levels, it could be a fighting game for everyone. Expand
  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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