Category Archives: Fighting

For a media form so ripe for it, there's been very little decent video game parody until recently. Thanks to the rise of independent developers who were born and raised on games, we're seeing more and more games that tweak the nose of gaming's history, some more affectionately than others. Blackmoor [$0.99] is a side-scrolling melee action game that is absolutely drenched in love for classic Japanese games, sending up or homaging works from Capcom, Konami, Technos, Nintendo, and more. Anyone can toss in Firebrand or a Dragon Punch and call it a day, though, so that's not especially noteworthy. Blackmoor goes a little beyond the superficial trappings, which it admittedly revels in, and shows not just a fondness for characters and attacks, but also for the depth in mechanics of the action games that came out of those great companies...

When we found out earlier this week that Injustice: Gods Among Us [Free] was getting an online multiplayer of some sort, I was ecstatic. This is easily amongst my favorite iOS games and adding in online functionality would be a great way to keep me playing even more than I already do. Well, it came much quicker than I'd imagined, but the Injustice version 2.0 update is out right now, and not only does it include online multiplayer but it's an entire refresh of the game and includes a whole bunch of awesome new features...

I talked fairly recently about my unexpected obsession with Injustice: Gods Among Us [Free] on mobile, and the game has proven incredibly popular ever since its launch just over a year ago. NetherRealm Studios has been wonderful about updating Injustice with new features and characters, but ever since its release fans have been clamoring for one major new feature: multiplayer. Well, today it was announced that multiplayer is indeed coming to Injustice on mobile, along with a ton of new characters. You can see the very first look of Injustice multiplayer in this DC All Access video recorded during WonderCon. The relevant Injustice stuff starts at about 30 seconds in...

Captain America is one of those Avengers that used to have a support role, but lately he has become a headliner thanks to his original movie getting a recently released sequel. That might not be a perfect spot for this rather stiff character that has to rely on his personal history to become interesting, and relevant. Compared to the Hulk, or Wolverine who are characters with an ongoing internal struggle...

Here's something you might not know about me: I'm obsessed with the mobile version of Injustice: Gods Among Us [Free]. It's funny too, because, when the game first launched in April of last year, I really liked it upon first impression. However, as with many free to play games (and I'm sure I'm not the only one who does this), I did sort of a value/time assessment with the game, and although I liked the core gameplay quite a bit, I considered the time investment of grinding, timers, and other free to play-isms and ultimately decided it's just not worth it. I've got too many other games to play, you know?..

If you're anxious to dive into this week's new iOS releases there's at least one game which has jumped the gun and is now available earlier than expected. That game is Appsolute's Fright Fight [Free], an arena fighting game in a similar vein to Nintendo's Super Smash Bros. series. The theme for Fright Fight is classic horror characters, and the initial release of the game features four playable characters: Werewolf, Vampire, Grim Reaper and Yeti. You can get a pretty good idea of Fright Fight by checking out the launch trailer...

'Only One' Review - Here We Are, Born To Be Kings

If you like hacking away at something using a sharpened piece of metal with a handle, you are probably a very happy camper with your mobile device. Perhaps you even think you have all the slice 'n' dice games a person could ever want. I'd like to humbly offer at least one more example for all the up and coming sword-fighters out there, however. Only One [Free] is a pretty fresh take on a genre almost as old as the medium, and it does so without any fancy motion controls or specular lighting. Pick up your sword and get ready for a serious test of your skills, because you are the Only One who can survive. Well, you and, I guess, all the other people who play the game and get good enough at it to win. Probably the Only One Thousand?..

Finally available worldwide after a soft launch in Canada, Fightback [Free] is something of a unfortunate tale. Ninja Theory is a fairly major developer known for decently-playing action games with excellent production values. They're perhaps most famous for the controversial DmC, where they ended up taking the brunt of the anger of fans over choices that were largely directed by the publisher. It's odd that they've shown up on iOS with such little fanfare, but perhaps it's for the best, because Fightback is an exhasperating combination of great gameplay and fatal F2P mechanics...

Hey, here's just a quick heads up that the massive Infinity Blade III [$6.99] update that we detailed last week is now alive and kicking in the App Store. And that's not all, as for the first time since its release in September, Infinity Blade III is currently on sale for just $2.99. The new update, called Ausar Rising, adds tons of new quests, items, a new Infinity weapon, and just so, so much more. It also adds two brand new modes, one of which is called the Deathless Mode and is detailed by Donald Mustard in this new video...

Chair Entertainment's first ClashMob Special Event for Infinity Blade III [$6.99] kicks off this Friday December 13th, and ties into the upcoming film 47 Ronin from Universal Pictures. ClashMob participants will need to collaborate to take down the massive Samurai Brute, and if they're successful, will unlock the Brute's sword in their inventory for use in the rest of the game. According to Chair, this will be the only opportunity for players to obtain the Samurai Brute's sword. You can catch a glimpse of the Samurai Brute as well as a glimpse of the 47 Ronin movie in the following trailer...

If you were a fan of the Infinity Blade series' seasonal helms, then you'll be happy to know that the first such helm is now available in the latest entry in the series Infinity Blade III [$6.99]. Being that Thanksgiving is tomorrow and that's a pretty darn major holiday, the themed helm is none other than a Turkey Helm which looks pretty similar to the ones from the previous game. You can nab the helm for both Siris and Isa, and reenact the warm turkey-headed embrace seen in this screenshot from Infinity Blade's website which announced the news...

'Fist of Awesome' Review - Simply Awesome

My favorite beat 'em ups have character and personality, tight combat and hit-boxes, and responsive controls that allow for tactical decision making. If they also have referential humor, a great art direction, a kick ass soundtrack, and a bad ass bear-punching, beard-having protagonist - like in Fist of Awesome [$3.99] - that's even better...

As if yesterday's onslaught of new releases wasn't enough, SNK Playmore quietly snuck in a new iOS port of their 1997 Neo Geo fighting game The King of Fighters '97 [$0.99] to the App Store. KOF '97 is the fourth entry in SNK's The King of Fighters series, which features a mashup of characters from previous SNK games battling it out in teams of three. ..

'Football Heroes' Review - The Awesome Gridiron Mayhem

Football Heroes [Free] by Run Games is a sports lover’s wet dream come true. Combining crazy gameplay elements from past satirical sports franchises (Mutant League Football, Blitz, and Tecmo Bowl) with simplistic and strategic play-calling, Football Heroes is without question the best American sports portrayal on the app store. FB leaves out all seriousness and infuses an abundance of fun that overflows through its presentation, wit, and perfect controls. It has very minor technical glitches that I can completely overlook as it has easily become my most used app. For its advancement of a genre, controls, and presentation, it is an absolute no-brainer to download, play, and keep...

If you read my review, you know I had mixed feelings about Batman: Arkham Origins [Free], the latest from NetherRealm and Warner Bros. While I enjoyed the gameplay, I felt the monetization aspects ended up killing the game, particularly the poorly-implemented stamina meter. That said, it's a free game, and it's Batman, so I know a lot of you are playing it anyway. With that in mind, I thought I'd put together a little guide to help you make your way through the game without whipping out your Bat-Credit Card. Unless, that is, you want the Batman Beyond suit, in which case, I hope you have $50 to spare...

Well I thought it was both surprising and awesome when Viewtiful Joe and Lester Knight were added as playable characters in the Game Bakers' fantastic touchscreen brawler Combo Crew [$1.99], but today's update really takes the cake. Four new fighters have risen to the occasion and again the Game Bakers have partnered up with Capcom to bring them into Combo Crew. Ryu, Ken, Chun-Li and Blanka from Street Fighter II all make their Combo Crew debut in this latest update. Like Viewtiful Joe, each of these new characters will cost 99¢ to download and unlock before you can play with them. Or, if you prefer, you could buy the "Capcom Crew" IAP for $3.99 which unlocks all four new characters and Viewtiful Joe, plus will include any future new characters for free...

To know how well you're going to like Warner Brothers and NetherRealm's latest superhero action game, Batman: Arkham Origins [Free], you need to ask yourself a few questions. Was the combat in Batman Arkham City Lockdown [$5.99] too complicated for you? Did you find Injustice [Free] had too many characters who weren't Batman? Do you love badly implemented stamina meters? If you answered yes to all of these questions, please smack yourself in the back of the head, and then head to the App Store to download this game, because friend, is this one for you!..

Earlier this week, we posted about a mobile version of Batman: Arkham Origins [Free] coming around the same time as its console big brother sometime around the 25th of this month. Well, apparently, that means tonight. It's a free to play brawler that I'm thinking is going to be pretty similar to Injustice: Gods Among Us [Free], as it also will hook up to the console version of the game for some exclusive crossover unlockables...

The pixel art powered beat 'em up Fist of Awesome [$3.99] hit the App Store last night for free. Funded by a Kickstarter, Fist of Awesome is also punching its way to the PC, Mac, and even OUYA if anyone is still into that. Take a look at the trailer:..

Revolutionary Concepts has given their lovingly-crafted iOS port of the classic fighting game Karate Champ [$2.99] a new update which adds support for Retina Display graphics, 4-inch wide screens, and iOS 7. The original Karate Champ launched in arcades back in 1984, and was one of the forefathers to the fighting game genre. It's not your typical fighting game though, with health bars and crazy special moves. Rather, it's a much more tactical affair more akin to an actual karate competition. The iOS version was recreated with an incredible attention to detail back in 2010, and we really enjoyed being able to carry around this classic in our pocket. The game has been stagnant since then though, so it's refreshing to see it still getting some love after all this time. Here's a couple comparison screens so you can see Karate Champ in its previous blurry form and its new high resolution, widescreen updated form...

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