Category Archives: Fighting

'Real Boxing' Review – Packs Some Serious Punch

Boxing is all about endurance. A truly great fight is a demonstration of that endurance; the fighters’ stamina, the punches they take, getting up from the mat, and their ability to still deliver a hit when they’re so exhausted that even their earlobes ache...

When developers Madgarden and Rocketcat Games teamed up to create an iOS game, it seemed like a match made in heaven. Mashing together their collective skills in pixel art, humor, game design, and randomly generated levels resulted in Punch Quest [Free], one of the silliest and most satisfying action games to grace our touch screens...

One of the most high-profile and popular games on the entire App Store is Epic and Chair Entertainment's Infinity Blade II [$6.99], the sequel to 2010's gorgeous gesture-based sword fighting RPG. Unsurprisingly, Infinity Blade II was even more gorgeous than the original, and fleshed-out most of the mechanics from the first game to make for an even bigger and better experience. ..

Just over a month ago, Avengers Initiative [$1.99] from Marvel and Wideload Games made a surprise debut on the App Store. We were initially quite intrigued by the shiny comic book characters, but after taking the game for a test drive in a TA Plays video, we came to find out that Avengers Initiative was essentially Infinity Blade with a Marvel Universe re-skin and The Hulk as the main playable character. Not necessarily a bad idea on paper, actually, but the extent of the similarities to Infinity Blade made Avengers Initiative feel extremely hollow and uninspired, and kind of boring as evidenced in our review...

'Punch Quest' Hitting This Month

Punching stuff is fun. Endless runners? Pretty fun, too. That's why we're so stoked for Rocketcat Games and Madgarden's upcoming endless puncher, Punch Quest. We've had our eyes all over the thing since its initial announcement. And soon, we'll be able to get our hands on it, too. Punch Quest has been submitted to Apple and should see a release later this month on October 25. Neat!..

Capcom delights in updating each Street Fighter at least three times before hunkering down to create a new version. Diehard fans rationalize the updates, touting new special moves and under-the-hood improvements. The rest of us shake our heads and hold out for the inevitable next version, or open our wallets and migrate with the rest of the herd. Street Fighter X Tekken [$2.99] marks the third Street Fighter to land on mobile devices, but unlike the previous and most excellent second release, Street Fighter IV Volt [$4.99], this one's not so easy to recommend...

So earlier this morning, a sleepy Jared and an especially sleepy Brad sat down with a new fighting game with politicians in it. This one is called Fightocracy 2012 [$0.99]. Unlike Chair Entertainment's Vote, this election season game doesn't seem to be too concerned with signing up potential voters or, really, even the whole satire angle. Instead, it's just a traditional 2D brawler that has you beating up past presidents as either Barack Obama or Mitt Romney. Because, politics. Or something...

This morning, Jared and I checked out Street Fighter X Tekken Mobile [$2.99], the latest Street Fighter iPhone and iPad title from the series' developer, Capcom. If you've been playing these mobile versions of Street Fighter for a while, you'll feel at home with this one, as it rocks similar controls and some familiar faces and game modes...

Something strange is afoot on the App Store. First Rayman Jungle Run hits at a strange time yesterday, now Capcom's Street Fighter X Tekken [$2.99] appears out of the blue, breaking traditional weekly international release store cycles. Normally, these games would be appearing in New Zealand later this morning. ...Not available in the US now...

Once upon a time, in a land far far away, there was a game called Infinity Blade [$5.99] about slicing people up with a sword, and another game called Temple Run [Free], about looting and running. After a hard day's work hacking and sliding, they went out for drinks together and one thing let to another. Nine months later, a stork dropped dead out of the sky, and there, crushing the stork's carcass beneath a heavy boot, was Infinite Warrior [$2.99]...

Despite one's personal feelings on the Marvel universe (or comic books in general) you cannot deny the sheer rejuvenation in popularity for the series, culminating in the recently released Avengers film. Marvel (via Wideload Games) has decided to take advantage of this popularity with its release of Avengers Initiative [$1.99], a new title for iOS. While Initiative looks stunning and models its gameplay after the incredibly successful Infinity Blade series, a distinct lack of innovation coupled with a weary reliance on IAP make it fall disappointingly short...

TA Plays: 'Avengers Initiative' - It's Like 'Infinity Blade,' Except With The Hulk

Avengers Initiative is the first in a series of episodic Avengers games. This one stars the Hulk, and it should hit later tonight as the game sees separate releases around the globe. Eli and I shot some footage of the game in action, and that's available below if you're wondering exactly what this game is all about...

So, Wild Blood is finally coming out. The 3D, character action game should see a release later tonight, as the app slowly worms its way around the world. In our hour or so with it, we've noticed that it doesn't have any shocking mechanics or systems. It's a pretty straight-forward brawler filled with tons of demonic fodder to brutalize, broken cities, and bosses to fight. But, it is an original game -- a notable quality since its creator Gameloft rarely stretches its creative legs. ..

We've been following the strange release of Chair's VOTE!!! [$0.99] since it popped up on international App Stores this morning, and it looks like someone has flipped the switch to make it live everywhere including the US App Store. It's even under 50MB so you can beat up Romney and/or Obama without needing to find WiFi to download it...

So, Chair Entertainment has been making a new brawler. It's called Vote, and it'll be available a little later tonight, as international releases make their way across the world. If you've been playing Infinity Blade over the years, you'll be comfortable with this, as it plops the same gesture-based fighting mechanics into a much slower, goofier, and simple shell...

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