Punch Pong is a fantastic and fun idea, turning the classic Ping Pong into a turn-based fighting game that needs quick-thinking and countering your enemies.
It's turn-based but the Punch Pong battles continue switching between players in real-time as the ball moves directions but you can only engage your move as it comes your way. It's quite ingenious and a has a lot of style to it. As you bounce the ball back, you build up an energy bar allowing you to do special moves and gradually bring down your opponents HP.
Certainly not easy, takes a good amount of practice and I definitely needed more coffee before going in, although if you're a fighting-game buff you will probably feel right at home with the kind of mental games it requires. You can block for less damage, counter moves to prevent HP annihilation and it requires good button-mashing reflexes mixed with some real thinking ahead. Love the idea!
Want to know what else is interesting? The idea was originally made by Nekomatata during a Game Jam, and three years of development later it's here and built with the open source Godot Engine. Super smooth too, works fantastic in my time spent with it.
Punch Pong can be picked up from itch.io right now for a $2 Early Bird special price for a limited amount of copies. The developer mentions regular content updates with new characters, special moves and locations.