Category Archives: Fighting

There's nothing a game developer wants more than a dedicated player base (well, that and loads of sales), and it looks like Real Steel's [$0.99] player base is definitely dedicated. Recently, Reliance Games launched a competition that asked players to design the next Robot for Real Steel Premium, and the response was really good, with hundreds of entries from over 15 countries. After sorting through all the entries, Reliance Games decided that the winning robot, the top dog, the real steel is Shinobi, the Samurai wielding Japaneselron Assassin. And as you can see in the teaser below, that robot looks quite cool...

Back in May, developer Rumblecade released a side-scrolling beat 'em up called Rockabilly Beatdown [$0.99] that featured simple button-mashing gameplay and some of the nicest pixel art and animation I'd seen. Despite being a simple game with just a single attack button, there was some hidden depth to Rockabilly Beatdown that slowly unveiled itself the more you played. With the charm and personality of the characters in the game, this was definitely an "endless high-scoring" take on the beat 'em up genre that I could get behind. The biggest problem was that it felt like a one-trick pony and, besides shooting for high scores, there wasn't a ton of meat on the bones in terms of progression and unlocks, things we had issues with in our review. That's something that Rumblecade has attempted to rectify with the first big update for Rockabilly Beatdown...




Taekwondo Game Global Tournament [Free] has been my game of choice whenever I need a quick fighting game fix, but its lack of online multiplayer was always a big shame since the game is so well made. We really liked the game here at TouchArcade when it first came out and even gave it our Game of the Week award. Finally, in a update released today Taekwondo has added online multiplayer, which is great news (although as of this moment I'm still getting server issues). The update has also added new Suits but, more importantly it has brought in an official endorsement by the World Taekwondo Federation, which is great both for the game and for those who enjoy the sport...

You know, even if I didn't love kung fu movies and think of Bruce Lee as an inspiration and a hero, I would still probably love this game. This is the kind of game touch screens were made for. Simple, unique, original, fun gaming on the go. I love games that personify this philosophy. Games like Lonewolf [Free], Redden [$2.99], and Ball King [Free]. Games that may not be perfect or are maybe a bit repetitive, but they just have that addictive magic. The latest game for me in that list is The Counter of Death [Free], and it has nothing to do with mathematics, step counting, or kitchen surfaces...

I'm really glad that fighting games are still alive and well. They're a classic old school genre that has withstood the test of time, and many franchises that were started so long ago in arcades are still with us. Although it's not nearly as old as Street Fighter, Arc System Works' BlazBlue has definitely earned the right to be in the same conversation, following up their storied Guilty Gear series with the same amount of flash and style. That partially translates to the mobile arena with a game that's more beat 'em up than fighter in BlazBlue RR - [Free], but it's muddled by one of the worst IAP schemes I've seen in a while...

Just a few weeks ago we talked about the limited soft-launch of a new mobile fighting game in the BlazBlue series, and although the planned worldwide launch was all set for June 8th, BlazBlue Revolution Reburning [Free] snuck out early around the globe over the weekend. While the initial trailer and info we had on BlazBlue RR led us to believe it was a 3v3 swipe-based fighter similar to Injustice [Free], Marvel Contest of Champions [Free], that's not exactly the case. ..

Well, it's mid-week and there are a ton of new games hitting the App Store as usual, but as far as I can tell there's only one sausage-themed fighting game releasing this week: Sausage Legend [Free]. In fact, I'm pretty sure it's the only sausage-themed fighting game to ever be released on any platform. We are long overdue. Since I'm a massive fighting game fan, and a massive fan of eating sausages, this should be a shoe-in, right? I guess that all depends on what you're looking for from your sausage-themed fighting games. Are you looking for an incredibly deep, tactical experience that rewards fast reactions and pinpoint timing? Or are you looking for a one-touch control scheme that lets you flop sausages of all sizes and flavors against each other until one of them explodes, with disturbingly lifelike sausage-flopping physics? Sausage Legend doesn't offer any of the former, but is absolutely loaded to the brim with the latter...

Remember that wacky, over-the-top short film riff on kung-fu movies called 'Kung Fury' which took the internet by storm back in May? You may also recall that a mobile tie-in game was released alongside it called Kung Fury: Street Rage [Free], and at that time it was little more than an endless, high-score-chasing beat 'em up with left/right combat mechanics similar to something like One Finger Death Punch [Free] or Fatal Fight [Free]. Now, that wasn't exactly a bad thing, as Kung Fury was a lot of fun for a high-scoring game and the production values were totally on-point, nailing the look and feel of an '80s-era arcade game. It's just that it felt like it could have been so much more; a full-fledged brawler like Final Fight or Streets of Rage...

Following in the footsteps of the most recent update to Marvel Future Fight [Free], a Jessica Jones story event has been added to Kabam's mobile brawler Marvel Contest of Champions [Free] just in time for the Netflix original series to kick off tomorrow. Like the game's previous Blood and Venom story event (which expires in less than 24 hours in case you haven't finished it!) there are Beginner, Normal and Heroic difficulty levels of the new Jessica Jones "Contamination" event. The new event also introduces a new character, the Daredevil from the recent Daredevil TV series, which preceded the Jessica Jones series. Here's a quick video showing Daredevil's special moves...

In the console and PC world, NetherRealm Studios announced that Jason Voorhees, the hockey-masked murderer from the Friday the 13th series, would be a playable guest character in Mortal Kombat X. Of course, they made this announcement on Friday the 13th this past March. Over on the mobile side of things, the iOS version of Mortal Kombat X [Free] has finally caught up just in time for Halloween, as Jason Voorhees has been added to the game...

It's been a while since we've heard from our old pal Injustice [Free], the pseudo-fighter that kicked off the pseudo-fighter craze on mobile more than two years ago. Today a brand new update is available for Injustice, and among many other things it adds a mode I've been hoping for for a long, long time: A survival mode! While a simple survival mode where you pitted your best team against an endless string of opponents would have been just fine, Injustice's new mode is quite a bit more complex than that...

'Zombie Deathmatch', a Zombie Vs Zombie Fighting Game, Coming Out Just in Time for Halloween

Fighting games can be loads of fun when done right, with Street Fighter still going strong after what feels like a hundred years. More recently, Injustice: Gods Among Us and Marvel Contest of Champions have been doing quite well on mobile, even though they aren't the most complex fighting games ever created. Now, Reliance Games is getting ready to join the fray with its upcoming Zombie Deathmatch, a zombie on zombie fighting game with "the widest assortment of one and two-gesture moves to learn and master," which I hope means there's more than just two kicks and two punches. You'll play as an "immune," a human who cannot turn into a zombie, also known as the best person to be if you have to live through a zombie apocalypse...

Let's start with the essential information: the gorgeous and classic Infinity Blade III [$6.99] is free for the first time ever, and you should definitely get it. Why? Let me explain the game's history a bit. When the original Infinity Blade [$5.99] came out on iOS, it really surprised everyone with how good it looked; not many thought that companies could bring the Unreal Engine to the iPhone. The game soon became the go-to game for showing off your mobile device's capabilities to wide-eyed friends. In addition to its fantastic visuals, Infinity Blade introduced swiping combat to mobile devices, a system that's been used in so many games ever since and had some players enjoying it and some players complaining about its relative simplicity...

TEKKEN Card Tournament [Free] was Bandai Namco's attempt to rethink the TEKKEN fighting games by turning the action fighting games into a card fighting game. Although not too many people talk about the game currently, it actually has great reviews on the App Store, so Bandai Namco's attempt was apparently well-executed. By making the game F2P with IAPs, Bandai Namco was probably hoping that TEKKEN Card Tournament would benefit from the popularity of its sister fighting game and become a strong source of revenue. Alas, as a VentureBeat article points out, that was not to be. TEKKEN Card Tournament, which went live in 2013, has broken into the 1000 highest-grossing iPhone apps only in eight countries, none of them countries with big spenders. Therefore, Bandai Namco decided to reach over into the physical world to summon some help for its card battler...

'Engines of Vengeance' Review - Heavy Metal

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August 11th, 2015 4:14 PM EDT by Nathan Reinauer in $0.99, 3.5 stars, Fighting, Games, Reviews, Universal
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I’m not sure what it is about iOS games and metal bands, but they seem to go together well. Take Hail to the King: Deathbat [$4.99], for example. The hack ‘n’ slash gameplay paired pretty perfectly with the music (and personality) of the band Avenged Sevenfold, and we even gave it a pretty favorable review at the time. Another example is… um. Okay, I could only think of one. But there’s just something about the gritty, messy nature of rock & roll that seems to translate well to tiny little taped-together indie games. Wait! Here’s another example: Engines of Vengeance [$0.99] by Serdar Balli. (And just in the nick of time. This review was going nowhere.)..

Old genres rarely die, they just often end up evolving into something a bit different. That's certainly the case with beat-em-ups, a genre which reached its height in the 16-bit era only to almost completely vanish in the following generation. That happened for many reasons, including market saturation, the popularity of one-on-one fighters eating the genre's lunch, an overall lack of innovation, and the 3D nature of the gameplay meaning it got precious little boost from the shift into polygons the way other genres did. A few attempts were made to keep the genre going on PlayStation and its contemporaries, but they met with limited success at best. It wouldn't be until the release of the PlayStation 2 that the beat-em-up would find its new footing, thanks to Koei's Dynasty Warriors series. That series spawned many sequels, spin-offs, and imitators, and even today serves as a general template for the genre...

SNK has had a large presence on the App Store for a number of years now, mostly thanks to the many excellent touchscreen ports of their legendary fighting games. However, they've put out some original stuff too, like Metal Slug Defense [Free] which takes the Metal Slug characters and puts them into a castle defense game. Or Beast Busters [Free / $2.99], which crosses over the on-rails gallery shooter arcade game of the same name with King of Fighters characters. Another of SNK's original mobile titles is The Rhythm of Fighters [Free], a game that tasks you with keeping the rhythm during classic SNK tunes while a massive cast of fighters duke it out based on your performance. The Rhythm of Fighters was a really novel idea for a game, and it's only barely a year old, but unfortunately SNK is yanking it off the App Store next week...

'The Executive' Review - Like a Boss

Riverman Media's latest game The Executive [$4.99] is a masterpiece. The new game from the creators of Pizza vs. Skeletons [$4.99 / Free] is brilliantly absurd and absurdly brilliant. Riverman has combined a touchscreen-friendly brawler with an idle clicker, all set in an absurd universe full of things like wolves wearing Guy Fieri shirts, and featuring a distinctive art and animation style. It's an amazing game, and you need to play it...

Back in April, during the G.I. Joe-themed convention called GIJoeCon (yes that's a real thing!), Backflip Studios announced that they were releasing a new mobile game utilizing the G.I. Joe IP, which is owned by Backflip's parent company Hasbro. Corporate synergy! Anyway that game, titled G.I. Joe Strike [Free], has just released in the App Store. It's actually a pretty awesome premise. You play as all-around bad ass ninja Snake Eyes in gameplay that's extremely similar to One Finger Death Punch [Free] or Fatal Fight [Free]. Basically, close-quarters twitch combat...

Back in late February, EA soft-launched a new UFC mixed martial arts game called simply EA Sports UFC [Free], and as of this morning it looks like that soft-launch period is over and the game is now widely available. Now, if you've been around a while you may recall that EA released a mobile game called MMA by EA Sports way back in October of 2010, and it was actually quite good. This new UFC game is cut from the same cloth, but streamlined and improved in several ways. ..

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