Today I sat down with the World's Strongest Game Journalist™ to play a couple rounds of Rage of the Gladiator [$3.99], a brand new Infinity Blade clone that first released in March 2010. Wait, whaaaa? I hear you saying, "But Bearded One, Infinity Blade didn't come out until December 2010, this cannot be!" And you are spot-on my dear reader. You always were the smart one in the family.

Rage of the Gladiator was actually originally a WiiWare title that released about 9 months before Infinity Blade. We see so many Infinity Blade clones come and go around these parts it's sometimes hard to keep it all straight.

Anyway, Rage of the Gladiator originally used the Wii controllers to simulate fighting, and that translates quite well to the touchscreen. It actually feels a lot more like Punch-Out!! than Infinity Blade, and its style reminds me a lot of Beast Boxing 3D that came out on iOS a couple of years ago. It's also a whole lot of fun so far in the hour or two I've put into it, with sky-high production values and an incredible cast of unlockable characters to face.

I want to hurry up and stop typing so I can get back to playing, so check out the video below and if Rage of the Gladiator looks like it might be up your alley, you can get more impressions from members in our forums or just throw caution to the wind and grab it with the link at the bottom of this post.

  • metalcasket

    Everything about this article is just awesome. Jared's enthusiasm in both the writing and the video and just the video in general. Really cool stuff. Considering the game wasn't part of the "Coming Tonight" post, I was assuming that maybe it was considered "just another Infinity Blade clone", but this totally makes up for it. :) Really been enjoying the game and I hope it gets the attention it deserves.

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

      Thanks

  • isblackhawk

    I actually played the wii ware game!!! It's fantastic. It looks like the graphics have been completely redone. The enemy variety is awesome! Pretty sure the original was at least $10. Definitely will be checking this out!

  • Wizard_Mike

    Really a great game. It's even better on iOS than it was on wiiware. The launch sale for a buck can't be missed.

  • grits

    Sounds like everyone who likes punch out should get this. Can't believe it's $.99. Hopefully this will make some money!