When EA released Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 [99¢/HD] last December, it struck me as kind of a strange release. It wasn’t a direct port of the original arcade game, though it did retain the original music and sound effects. Instead it was a brand new version of that game completely redone with 3D graphics, and it also came with a healthy cut in the roster and number of arenas. The move to 3D visuals was puzzling as it somewhat alienated the fans of the original game, but at the same time they looked pretty sweet. The character models were kind of blocky, but the new 3D backgrounds looked absolutely fantastic, especially at high resolution on the Retina Display.

So looking past the dramatic visual change, whether you loved it or hated it, Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 was actually a competent little fighter on the iPhone, and I wound up liking it quite a bit in our review. The virtual buttons worked about as well as you could expect them to in a fighting game, despite some instances of inconsistent responsiveness. An iPad version was released a couple of months later, and came with an interesting (but not very practical) same-device multiplayer mode and more detailed graphics. Personally, I also found the game easier to play on the iPad with the larger screen.

The major issue I had with Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 on iOS was that for some reason the developers only included roughly half of the original fighters, and only 10 of the arenas. I can deal with new graphics and less than ideal controls, but at least give me the complete experience when I’m trying to get my Mortal Kombat nostalgia fix while waiting for the bus. Thankfully, today EA has released a major update to Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 that does just that. You can now choose from the full roster of more than 20 characters from the original game, and the 6 arena backgrounds that were missing in the initial release are included too. I’m also happy to report that the weird occasional control lag that I mentioned in the review of Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 seems to have disappeared as well, though there’s no mention of this in the update description.

Check out the paltry selection of fighters in the pre-update screen on the left, compared to the full roster of the arcade game post-update on the right:

With my two major complaints now taken care of, the lack of characters and the wonky controls, I’m now having even more fun with Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 on iOS. It’s not perfect, and it's not quite up to par with Street Fighter IV [$1.99] as far as touch screen fighters go, but as a huge fan of the series I love having a version to carry around in my pocket at all times. If you’re also a Mortal Kombat fan then you should easily get a dollar’s worth of enjoyment out of the game. The iPad version is slightly superior in my opinion, but it also comes in at five times the price. Update: iPad version has now dropped to 99¢.

Even though it took a while, I’m glad EA came through with an update for Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 that completes the game, and I would really love to see other entries in the series brought to iOS in similar fashion.

  • Jimmö

    Really hate the controls in this game. Ruined it all for me......

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michal-Kubiak/100001561404953 Michał Kubiak

    OUTSTANDING! :)

    1st version felt quite poor, but now rain, noob, get over here!

    • http://twitter.com/JaredTA Jared Nelson

      Actually Rain was exclusive to the MK Trilogy games, he wasn't in the arcade game. Would be cool if they just turned this into a port of Trilogy though! Also I'm not sure how to play as Noob or Human Smoke, even though I know they are in the game. Gotta figure that one out.

      • BHG :)

        press and hold smoke for a few seconds.... you'll become human smoke ;)

      • BHG :)

        press and hold smoke for a few seconds.... you'll become human smoke ;)

      • BHG :)

        press and hold smoke for a few seconds.... you'll become human smoke ;)

      • Ljiokiojy

         u can play as human smoke by holding down robot smoke until the announcer says smoke again. noob i don't know

  • Mrsmartiepants

    I bet this is Boss with the iCabinet!

    In other news, this is a major fucking ripoff money grab on iPad users. FOUR MORE DOLLARS? Really EA, really?

  • http://www.facebook.com/PixelShock Stephen Harrell

    This game.....is SO bad. And I'm a huge fan. Loving the new one for the consoles. But seriously, don't fall for this. It's unplayable. You would be better off digging up MK2 for your super nintendo.

    • http://twitter.com/JaredTA Jared Nelson

      I wouldn't call it unplayable by a long shot. If you're expecting this to be your definitive version of MK then yeah it falls way short. But if you're looking to slice someone's head off while waiting for your burrito at Chipotle then this game comes through. Can't exactly do that with the Super Nintendo version.

  • Evan

    I own both iPhone and iPad versions and really enjoy having MK on my iDevices. The iPad version will probably go on sale again for 99 cents if you can wait.

  • http://twitter.com/TeamRenegadeHQ TeamRenegade

    Why would they even make it 3D? UMK3 was a good looking game in 2d

    • Anonymous

      Using digitized actors is what gave MK it's character. Going 3D with the iOS version was dumb IMO.

  • Nardo, from the Fifth Moon

    Very cool that they put this out and finally put the full roster on there. With that said, I wish they kept the digitized versions of the people instead of the 3d crap. (probably didnt' want to pay the actors royalties, if applicable)

    However, my favorite in the series was MKII. So i hope, but doubt, that they will bring that out as well. Need my Raiden Fix. 

    ;

  • Nardo, from the Fifth Moon

    Very cool that they put this out and finally put the full roster on there. With that said, I wish they kept the digitized versions of the people instead of the 3d crap. (probably didnt' want to pay the actors royalties, if applicable)

    However, my favorite in the series was MKII. So i hope, but doubt, that they will bring that out as well. Need my Raiden Fix. 

    ;

  • Nardo, from the Fifth Moon

    Very cool that they put this out and finally put the full roster on there. With that said, I wish they kept the digitized versions of the people instead of the 3d crap. (probably didnt' want to pay the actors royalties, if applicable)

    However, my favorite in the series was MKII. So i hope, but doubt, that they will bring that out as well. Need my Raiden Fix. 

    ;

  • Anonymous

    I just wish that they'd make the screen go dark and have the music change when you perform a Fatality. Hell, that's really my only grip with the game now. :)

  • Yemiinc

    For 99 cents I feel this is a complete steal. I wish it did cost $9.99 , because then all the special effects , animations, and suprises would be included. Totally satisfied and feel a little guilty at 99 cents.

  • http://blog.ademagnaye.com Ade

    FINALLY! An update!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michal-Kubiak/100001561404953 Michał Kubiak

    It turns out there is no rain in UMK, @@Boardumb:disqus rain was present in genesis/mega drive and snes UMK3, it's lame they skipped him again (hes not present in MK9 neither but hes promised in DLC thou)

  • fhgjg

    888Tiger1:

        North Face UK

  • http://thenewyawker.darkbb.com/ Congslop

    Its a great little game, something different :)