Game of the Month, October 2012: Punch Quest

October has come and gone, and it has left a trail of Must Have games in its wake. We played and reviewed a lot of the biggest games to hit the App Store, but one stands above all others. It’s an endless brawler from the makers of Hook Champ and Sword of Fargoal, and it’s a total blast.

Our Game of the Month winner for October is Punch Quest, a game that’s nearly impossible to put down once you start playing. In it, you run along in a side-scrolling world, jabbing and uppercutting every enemy in sight in a joyous, carnage-filled sprint. Perhaps best of all, the game is free to download, so be sure to pick it up if you haven’t yet.

But alas, everything has a price, and the makers of Punch Quest have struggled to monetize the game. We’re not sure how or if they’ll re-balance the rewards system in the future, but we have faith that they’ll keep it fun for everyone. It’s not often we give a free-to-play game our Game of the Month award, but Punch Quest has earned it.

Our runner-up for Game of the Month is the absurd and amazing Devil’s Attorney, from 1337 Game Design. This game puts you in the sleazy shoes of Max McMann as he swindles and tricks his way through court cases. But instead of taking gameplay cues from the likes of Phoenix Wright, Devil’s Attorney plays more like an RPG, a la Final Fantasy. And if you’re still not convinced to give it a shot, watch the trailer above and listen to the incredibly catchy theme song.

Congratulations to Rocketcat, Madgarden, and 1337 Game Design for making our two favorite iOS games to come out in October. But don’t forget to check out these other highly recommended, Must Have new games:

Need for Speed Most Wanted

Penny Arcade’s On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness 3

Girls Like Robots

Sonic Jump

Royal Revolt

Crazy Taxi

Electric Tentacle

Tentacles: Enter the Dolphin

Bank Rush

The Last Express