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Godfire: Rise of Prometheus is one gorgeous-looking action/adventure game that’s just about ready to storm the App Store.

You’ll be guiding Prometheus through seven different acts and three possible difficulties, hacking up bad guys the whole way. He’ll also be collecting lots of gear, which is all upgradable and usually includes some sort of special ability such as causing poison damage. It’s not exactly a new idea, but I did think it as pretty cool how the armor sets will actually start to look different as you upgrade them.

I’m also curious to see how players take to the leaderboards. Normally I’m not much of a high score buff, but the leaderboards for Godfire are actually split across all versions of the game (iOS, Vita, etc). So it’ll be interesting to see how the competition pans out – and will no doubt spark more physical vs. virtual control debates. To which I say “Bring it on!”

Godfire: Rise of Prometheus should be releasing on the App Store in the second Quarter of this year, and it’ll be a premium title.

Fightback Review

Fightback Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Despite an over-reliance on in-app purchases, Fightback is easily one of the coolest and most intense side-scrolling fighters on iOS.

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The King of Fighters ’97 Review

The King of Fighters ’97 Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
The King of Fighters '97 is an excellent port of a classic entry in the Neo Geo fighting game series.

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Iron Dragon Review

Iron Dragon Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Iron Dragon lacks the variety, multiplayer support and therefore the replay value of the the old-school beat-em-ups it takes influence from.

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FIST OF AWESOME Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
A totalitarian society of bears is only the tip of the iceberg in this throwback brawler.

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Double Dragon Review

Double Dragon Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
This faithful and worthwhile update of the original Double Dragon is an excellent blast from the past.

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Dragon Finga Review

Dragon Finga Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
It might be weird and wacky one-touch kung fu, but it all works surprisingly well.

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Cool Clash Review

Cool Clash Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
More 'Cool' than 'Clash', this is a stylish beat-em-up that is too light on content to make it worth the asking price.

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KungFu Jumpu Review

KungFu Jumpu Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Kungfu Jumpu is an innovative fighting game that uses slingshot mechanics rather than awkward on-screen buttons, and it works extremely well.

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KungFu Quest – The Jade Tower Review

KungFu Quest – The Jade Tower Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
KungFu Quest - The Jade Tower brings some new ideas to the side-scrolling-fighter table, but not enough to stop the gameplay from becoming repetitive pretty quickly.

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Samurai Shodown II Review

Samurai Shodown II Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
The classic beat-em-up comes to iOS for the first time, but is hampered by control and difficulty issues.

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Sci-Fighters Review

Sci-Fighters Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Nifty sci-fi humor and creative power-ups keep this fight good, but not great.

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Kung-Fu Clash Review

Kung-Fu Clash Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
A Kung-Fu fighter that is more style than substance.

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Karateka Classic Review

Karateka Classic Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Karateka Classic is a port of a classic fighting game that holds up rather well today.

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Phone Fight Review

Phone Fight Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
It was only a matter of time before our phones became self-aware.

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Tribe Survival Review

Tribe Survival Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Tribe Survival has lots of stats and systems but no gameplay to make them meaningful.

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Injustice: Gods Among Us Review

Injustice: Gods Among Us Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
This mobile version of NetherRealms' upcoming fighting game does a great job at simplifying a console fighting game for mobile, while still having the necessary strategy to make it compelling.

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Castle Champions Review

Castle Champions Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Be the King of your own castle with this tower building/RPG hybrid.

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Little Warrior Review

Little Warrior Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
In an attempt at being a massively multiplayer online fighting game, Little Warrior falls short due to passive gameplay and a lackluster experience.

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Wanderer: War Song Review

Wanderer: War Song Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Pretty and as enticing though Wanderer might be, it's still got a long way to go on the inside.

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Blade Lords Review

Blade Lords Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Blade Lords is an honest-to-goodness fighting game, albeit simplified for mobile, featuring RPG-style character building with quests and missions to undertake.

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KnightScape Review

KnightScape Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Dodge, duck, dip, dive, and dodge in this mad dash to rescue (and even fight for) a captured princess.

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puzzlePunch! Review

puzzlePunch! Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
This little novelty is either a really smart fighter or the most action-packed puzzle game ever.

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Asura Cross Review

Asura Cross Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Asura Cross isn't the most polished game out there, and the bizarre cross-over of adventure and fighting game might not interest everyone, but it can be quite fantastic if given the chance.

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I unfortunately missed out on the chance to play Rage of the Gladiator when it was originally released on the Wii, despite my legitimate interest. Luckily I’ve gotten a second chance because Gamelion is porting it over to iOS devices as a fully re-mastered and arguably definitive version.

The basic story is that Gracius, the main character and gladiator extraordinaire, is fighting for his freedom and for revenge against those who’ve slain his father. How? By cutting a swathe through a horde of inhuman bosses. Anyone who’s played Infinity Blade will be familiar with the adapted control scheme (tap arrows to dodge left/right, tap buttons to block, swipe to attack), but combat in Rage of the Gladiator feels decidedly more arcade-like than Epic’s, well, epic. Attack and response time is a bit faster, fights are broken up into three “rounds” much like a boxing match, and there are a number of weapons and skills to unlock and purchase as you progress.

Again, while Rage of the Gladiator is indeed similar to that other popular swipe fighter it’s not exactly a carbon copy. There’s a noticeable emphasis on giving each combatant their own personality, and with the addition of a jump button and some rather complex combo attacks it can be quite the ordeal to make it through a fight in decent shape. It‘s definitely a challenge but every pattern can be learned eventually and it can be exceedingly satisfying to knock a particularly bothersome foe in the jaw with a warhammer in slow motion.

Anyone interested in a first-person arcade-esque gladiatorial beat down should keep an eye on the App Store. There’s no official word on a price but Rage of the Gladiator is set to release sometime in November.


Punch Quest Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Punch Quest is a game about punching everything. And oh is it glorious.

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The Backstory
It’s tough to really pin down the goings-on in fighting games. Story isn’t a particularly big focus most of the time and can lead to all kinds of weird stuff. An evil dictator bent on world domination creating a female clone of himself is just one example. Suffice it to say, so long as there’s a reason for wacky folks to fight the hows and whys don’t matter so much. As is the case with Street Fighter. Ignoring the nitty gritty the important thing to understand here is that Ryu, Ken, Chun Li, and the rest have gathered once again to beat the snot out of each other for their own personal reasons. And our amusement, of course.

The Gameplay
Street Fighter IV Volt (and by extension the original iOS release) had one major hurdle to overcome: controls. Virtual sticks and buttons just don’t compare to physical ones no matter how much someone might love their touch screen. Thankfully Capcom pulled them off quite well. While the overall action is a tad slower than most console offerings the fights are still frantic and movement is pretty tight. Whether it’s learning the ropes in Training, tackling the campaign, or taking on other players from across the globe in online matches there’s something for every kind of fighting aficionado. Having a roster of 22 playable characters is nice, too.

How does it Compare?
With practically an equivalent amount of content to its console counterpart and controls that aren’t a hindrance, Street Fighter IV Volt is as good as it gets on iOS. Aside from the concessions for controls and visuals (characters are no longer 3D, which affects the presentation and story segments) it’s pretty much the same game. It’s even got online multiplayer, which is something not even earlier Street Fighter console releases have sported until recently.

It’s not exactly 1:1, but Street Fighter IV Volt does a downright admirable job of giving iOS users a comparable experience to their console bretheren. It’s got the roster, the moves, the modes, and the multiplayer. What more could a fighting game lover on-the-go wish for?

*NOTE: “Console-quality” refers to the quality of the experience, not just the graphics. This is about the depth of gameplay, content, and in some cases how accurately it portrays the ideals of its console counterpart.*

$4.99
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2011-06-30 :: Category: Games

$4.99
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2010-03-10 :: Category: Games

Stay Dead

Stay Dead

iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Can Full Motion Video capture the true spirit of fighting games?

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Roblade Review

Roblade Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
The potential is there, but this arena brawler with robust robot customization needs some streamlining.

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The Heroes of the Three Kingdoms Review

The Heroes of the Three Kingdoms Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
A number of variables keep this action romp from being very enjoyable.

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