Tuesday, July 26, 2011

King of Fighters-i (iPhone edition review)

King of Fighters-i



Genre: Fighting game

Platform: iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad

Release date: July 07, 2011

Price: $7.99

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Various fighters from around the world come together in 3 on 3 teams to find out who is the true King of Fighters!

In King of Fighters (also known as KOF-i) you can choose from the following 4 game modes when playing in ARCADE MODE:
“TEAM BATTLE” for classic KOF 3-on-3 battles,
“SINGLE BATTLE” for 1-on-1 gameplay,
“ENDLESS” to defeat as many opponents as possible with just one character (life).
“TRAINING” to get accustomed to the Virtual Pad-based controls and practice your combos.
"BLUETOOTH" is for local versus matches as well as trading cards in the Trading Card mini-game.
"TRADING CARD" you can buy with Battle points various cards and sometimes you might get more than one so you can go to the KOF shop (in the game menu) and sell your extra cards to get more points to buy other cards.


I say that these are some of the best graphics I've seen for a fighting game on the iOS platform to date. They captured the exact look and feel of the upcoming King of Fighters XIII, and I do mean captured! Unlike the visually stunning but disappointing KOF12 (console version) this brings the classic "good fighting game" KOF engine right into the palm of your hands. I love that you can do not only all of the specials and supers but you can do all the combos that they show you online for the upcoming KOF13! The gameplay and sound feels just like I'm playing the arcade version of the game. You can hear the vocals clearly and everything! This game lets me know how awesome KOF13 will be when it comes to console. The controls are solid, you just have to get used to touchscreen pad controls. Once you do that it'll feel completely natural.


No endings. Understandably it is a mobile phone game. You can't expect to have EVERYTHING that's in a arcade or console to be in an iPhone game. There is the fact that it doesn't allow you to play opponents online, but after seeing how well that works (or doesn't) in other games, I'm not sure if that fits as a con.


With hours of replay value especially just to see what each individual fighter says to one another, and free character DLC in October, I couldn't understand why this wouldn't be in your list of apps.

4 out of 5

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