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Nintendo Life (Jun 15, 2018)
One Strike is a truly unique, 'pure' video game. For the asking price, you get a rather fresh take on the one-on-one fighting genre and it can quickly become your go-to game when you are in need of a break between other more complex games or just need a quick burst of intensive reflex exercise. Find a group of like-minded players to play it with you and it becomes your current best, most efficient option to ruin friendships on the Switch (at least until Super Mario Party is released). Grab it without fear and then... either strike or die. There are literally no other options.
N-Europe (Aug 04, 2018)
An approachable fighting game with a clever consistency to its theme. It may not keep you occupied for many hours, but it's a good game to dip into now and then and its low price point is a big plus.
The Game Hoard (Sep 16, 2019)
One Strike counts on the player buying into its premise without providing the tools to truly make the one-hit-kill nature of the fighting as intense as it sounds. Single round live-or-die battles are too quick to get invested in and too easy to restart, robbing them of the weight they should have, but at least the five lives option and team duels can get around that somewhat by having their being tangible downsides to not approaching battle carefully. Still, the barebones single-player modes with AI opponents you can’t play mind games with pretty much necessitate that the multiplayer be the true draw for the title, after which the intentionally limited game design makes it hard to get invested in playing for more than a few matches. With perhaps a jump option or another attack for each character it could have the level of variety that would make it much more intense, but One Strike feels too trimmed down to deliver on the intended intensity.