With a well acclaimed series that lasts for over 20 years and after fans waiting for almost 4 years for a new and proper instalment, it’s up to NeverRealm Studios and High Voltage Software with the courtesy Warner Bros. Studios to resurrect and bring forth the 10th game of the series, Mortal Kombat X. In order for everyone to know and Sub-Zero and the gang are ready for combat, this latest instalment has set for the first time foot on the mobile gaming universe has they made the game available quite recently in the Play Store. But has it done well and have the developers grasp the concept of the game and port it correctly to our mobile devices? Continue on reading to find out.
Mortal Kombat X for mobile tries to offer almost the same experience as console players have even though it doesn’t have a complete or proper story mode to follow, in fact, it’s almost as it compacted well enough just to contain the part that everyone wants to do and try, fighting! So be prepared to find a gruesome and quite explicit experience in which you’re able to create a team (or more) of three players and fight against hordes of enemies in the most creative and deadly way possible. Personally I think it was a great decision to “simplify” the game in that way towards the mobile paradigm in which the developers have guaranteed that you are able to have the most fun out of it while playing.
The controls have been also redesigned for the mobile universe, in a way that we are quite accustomed to, in which a simple tap will perform an attack (a kick ou a punch) and if you tap successively, it will trigger a combo attack (as usual in fighting games). Be aware also as in the lower left corner you also have access to special attacks (regarding each character) in which may have to perform special actions (for instance a swipe or rotating a circle pad in order to obtain the perfect combo). But be prepared as your foes are also quite aggressive so you are able to block your opponent’s attack by double tapping the screen. It may seem that this control set may cause an easiness in the gameplay, but rest assured that as you progress throughout the game, it can become difficult to coordinate all these moves.
You are also able to develop your characters (just like a RPG game) in order to leverage the difficulty of the game in which you can improve your attacks, install equipment (special armour, weapons and accessories) and overall levelling up so it can increase certain specs such as attack power or defence.
Mortal Kombat X for mobile is quite long, a surprising factor to encounter in console game flagship, since we are able to experience quite a large amount of content. In Battle Mode, the main one, you have 6 chapters with 7 levels (in average) each and each level has about 5 events, so be prepared for hours and hours of gameplay, giving you the opportunity to unlock new features, characters and some other items. Recently, the Faction Wars Mode has been made available in which your team of characters will choose a faction (for instance Assassin) and your able to face other players around the world with your team. That’s right, you have access to a multiplayer online mode.
And if it wasn’t enough, every so often special challenges will come up (so pay attention to updates) in which you have to complete certain objectives in order to obtain special prizes. In sum, if you are a fighting fan, MKX will keep you entertained for hours to come.
Battery and Performance
Alas, when bringing the best in gaming to a mobile device, there is bound to be some setbacks which are quite noticeable regarding battery (it will consume quite quickly, so expect some “drops”) and performance as well, where slow loading times and some lags are still dominant in the game, although I believe is due to the fact that the developers are still structuring the game since during this review several aspects have changed (for the better, don’t be afraid).
Graphics and Sound
Mentioning Fatalities and X-Ray Vision Attacks in this category may seem odd but it is what define the beauty of the graphics aspect of MKX. In fact, the difference between the high detail of such events in both platforms (home and mobile gaming) is quite slim, so prepared to very detailed and high quality (and overall gruesome I must say) hack and slash KO’s that leave little to none to your imagination.
Sadly the soundtrack does not provide the same impact, as you only have access to some ambience fighting music during the matches and in fact at some point it becomes unnoticeable. However the voice acting and sound effects (specially during Fatalities) do not disappoint and are a really neat feature during the experience.
Ads and In-App Purchases
As in any game in the Play Store, MKX has two (if not three) types of currency. You obtain gold coins throughout the game which you can use them to purchase various items and even characters, but also you can obtain souls in which you can use to obtain special items (both of them are purchasable). The “third” currency is the silver coin, obtainable throughout the game and it’s usable for obtaining certain items and access special features or events.
As for ads, MKX has been saved of such nuisance so you will have an ad-free experience throughout the entire game.
Video of the Game
Mortal Kombat X for mobile could have been just as easily a medium value port just to make players to purchase the console game, but luckily that isn’t the case. It is noticeable the time that the developers took to make this mobile experience something worthwhile by simplifying certain gameplay aspects providing a quite joyfull and fun game. With interesting and explicit graphics and sound effects, be prepared for an addicting experience that is Mortal Kombat, a reference-to-be in the Fighting genre in the Play Store.
Note: This game was tested/reviewed using a LG G3 device.