Developer: Glu Games
Price: FREE
Version Reviewed: 1.0.1
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 5

Graphics / Sound Rating: ★★☆☆☆
Gameplay Rating: ★★☆☆☆
Playtime Rating: ★★★☆☆
Replay Value Rating: ★★☆☆☆

Overall Rating: ★★½☆☆

Mech Battle Arena is quite a soulless mech fighter – arguably as soulless as the robots within. It’s a game all about pitting weaponized robot against weaponized robot, ad infinitum. Without any real personality of its own, it’s kind of lackluster.

mechbattle4Two modes are open to players, with a choice of single or multiplayer depending on one’s tastes. Single player is effectively a series of objective-led missions rather than anything story driven, with much of the time spent surviving a set period of time or taking out an exact number of enemies. Multiplayer is where Mech Battle Arena proves slightly more fun, with up to eight players able to compete with one another. A choice of free-for-all or team deathmatch makes things more interesting, although the lack of more variety is unfortunate.

The majority of Mech Battle Arena‘s issues come from its UI and control system. Using virtual buttons, the left-hand side of the screen is used for movement while the right affects weaponry. It’s not as accurate as would be preferred in such a title, leading to easily made mistakes. Lining up shots, especially long range, is often awkward with the ‘spray and pray’ method more likely to work but less satisfying.

mechbattle2It’s possible to buy new mechs, as well as upgrade various weapons and abilities, at a price. While some money can be earned through regularly playing, this is where free-to-play elements become prominent; greatly helping players improve their attributes. Throughout, the menu systems that command such efforts are pretty ugly and cumbersome, proving quite off-putting amongst an already lackluster effort.

Mech Battle Arena could have been an interesting game but lacking a personality of its own and feeling all too by the book in its approach, it’s quickly forgotten.


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