Election Year Knockout Press Release

Election Year Knockout by ExceptioNULL Games launches February 14th

Become president in the hilarious puzzle boxing game inspired by PunchOut

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SPOKANE, Washington: February 14th, 2020 -- Indie game studio ExceptioNULL Games today announced the release of Election Year Knockout. Fight to become president in a ludicrous alternate reality where elections are decided exclusively through boxing.

Immediately apparent is the game’s sense of humor. Witty and playfully-animated cartoon caricatures of famous politicians from both sides of the aisle line up to defend their territories against the player’s new third party. The characters quip and joke in reaction to how well the player is performing. As each region of the United States gets conquered, players add to their increasingly absurd party names. The campaign culminates in a final boss battle against President Donald Thump in the White House.

The player lands a hit on President Donald Thump in a final battle for the White House. The player blocks an attack from Birdie Sanders in the Healthcare Beatdown event.

“We’re a small team with the shared goal of making everyone laugh,” said Ben Ritter, the game’s lead designer. “Things have gotten a little too serious these days. Over the last year and a half, we’ve built something that legitimately brings people together with a smile.”

Election Year Knockout has two modes of play. Casual Mode allows players to experience the game’s jocular story with one-finger controls and easier fights, while Classic Mode recreates the frenetic challenge of the NES and Wii-era PunchOut games without any compromises to playability.

The player lands a haymaker against Cap'n Crenshaw at a cosplay convention in Texas. Player customization options include gender, clothing, and various levels of dye and melanin.

The game revolutionizes the long-dormant puzzle boxing genre with updated mechanics and precise, reactive controls not commonly found in other mobile games. “I do believe we’ve created a control scheme that hasn’t been seen on phones before,” Ritter continued. “It really is the full experience you could only get from a gamepad in the past.”

The game is free to download on Google Play and the App Store, just in time for election season.

TKO News covers each day's events as the player progresses through the campaign. Fun fact: the female newscaster is voiced by a lady playing with her hamster.

Links and Contact Information

Download for Android
Download for iPhone & iPad
Website: electionyearknockout.com
Press Kit: exceptionullgames.com/knockout/presskit
Chat with the developers: discord.gg/VDUbRat
Media Inquiries: support@exceptionullgames.com
Twitter: twitter.com/ElectionYearKO

Election Year Knockout is made in Cocos2d-x and animated with Spine