This turn-based deconstruction of the fighting game is blowing minds

A quiet corner of the Fighting games scene is blowing up thanks to the release of Your Only Move Is Hustle. Yomi Hustle, as adherents call it, is an indie that viciously strips the Fighting genre apart and puts it back together in a turn-based format that still has all the hallmarks and features you’d expect.

At its core nothing changes, this is still a game about moves and counter-moves, frame-focused interactions between distinct characters, and mastering movesets. Yomi Hustle, however, makes it turn-based with simultaneous execution. You still have to plan and choose what you want to do, but there’s no memorizing of combos because everything you execute is frame-perfect as you planned it.