May 21st, 2012 | By Richard Glenn
Portable pugilists can now enjoy another round of punching tomato cans square in the face with the iOS release of David Haye’s Knockout 2.0, a significant update of indie developer Grubby Hands’ commercially successful original.
As you’d expect, the game puts the player in the Union Flag-decked trunks of London’s ex-WBA Heavyweight Champion and Undisputed World Cruiserweight Champion David Haye in his latest drive to blaze a trail of glory in boxing’s Heavyweight division. Using the characteristic iOS touch screen controls, players are able to duck, weave and counter-attack in accordance with the basic laws of the so-called sweet science, all whilst Mr. Haye unleashes such eloquent verbal torrents as “Who’s ya daddy?” on his helpless opponents.
Speaking of opponents, David Haye’s Knockout 2.0 goes down the path paved by Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out by assembling a roster of fictional characters, although their real-life likenesses are thinly-veiled, to say the least. Haye’s first opponent is described in the game’s press release as “the unrecognisable and oafish charger D. Boy,” most likely a not-so-subtle reference to his next real-life opponent, Dereck ‘Del Boy’ Chisora, with whom he engaged in a gentlemanly game of “Hit Each Other With Glass Bottles” at a press conference in February. At the end of the championship ladder are Messrs. Big Bro’ and Little Bro’, a dynamic duo presumably modelled on Haye’s bitter heavyweight rivals, the Klitschko brothers. T-shirts depicting severed heads are, of course, conspicuously absent. Well, probably.
David Haye’s Knockout 2.0 features full online leaderboard support for the needs of all the competitive combatants out there, plus there are plenty of Game Center achievements thrown into the equation. The game is available for purchase right now for $0.99/£0.69/€0.79 on the App Store, where more jaw-crunching details can be found.