Mortal Kombat X: Mobile Review

  • Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive
  • Developer:  NetherRealm Studios
  • MSRP: Free To Play
  • Rated: Mature
  • Release Date:  April 7th, 2015
  • Platforms:  iOS and Android
  • Rating:  ★★☆☆☆

Mortal Kombat X: Mobile Review

With Mortal Kombat X on the horizon, NetherRealm Studios decided to release a mobile version of the famed kombat fighting game. The game boasts the same roster as the console version, minus the characters that come in the Kombat Pack.  It’s a free to play model, but is it worth your on the go time?

The way the game works is actually pretty simple. You’ll get a pack of cards, the cards will be 3 fighters all starting at level one. The starting cards are a Martial Arts card, an Outerworld Card, and a Spec OPS card. Spec OPS is Sargent, Martial Artist is Shirai Ryu, and Outerworld is Osh-Tekk. These cards are your fighters. You can purchase more fighters or packs within the game, which of course the Free to play starts to cost you. The coolest part is that you can purchase the main game roster. Most of the fighters cost around 30,000-35,000 coins with some of the stronger characters being higher. You level the cards up by fighting in an arcade mode like bracket.

You control the 3 fighters and face 3 other fighters per bracket. The first few ladders start with only 6 fights. To fight, you tap on the screen for punches and kicks. There are emblems in the lower left portion of the screen which represent your special moves. Tap one of the icons to start the special move, then follow with either a meter stop mini game, a screen tap mini game, or a screen swipe mini game to see how much damage the attack will do.

The presentation of the game is actually pretty solid. The character models are very detailed and it really sounds like a Mortal Kombat game, but that’s where it ends. The game is currently out for anyone with a device that runs iOS and is coming soon to Android. The only problem is if you have an older device, it’s not optimized for what seems like any device under the iPhone 5. Why is this a problem? Well for starters, the frame rate will drop considerably. What starts out as a fun experience quickly turns frustrating as attacks take forever to pull off and fights drag on longer than normal. Another unique problem is that after a certain while, the game will actually freeze and close.  It’s definitely something that can ruin your fun..when you’re having it.

Mortal Kombat X:  Mobile can be a fun game. It does offer free skins and coins for those who link their WB account to the mobile version, then sign in on the console version with the same account. While it is fun for the moment, the frame rate problems, repetitive game play, and constant freezing hinder this one from being the game it should be.  Sad to say, but this one definitely deserves a Fatality to finish it.

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