King of Fighters
Digital Bridges brings the SNK King of Fighters series to mobile phones everywhere, and we take a gander.
For years now, SNK's been stretching out their King of Fighters fighting line-up across numerous platforms, starting on the Neo-Geo console and eventually working to home platforms and handhelds. Now, SNK has granted Digital Bridges the chance to bring the game to the mobile circuit, and while a bit's been lost in the translation in terms of precise combat controls and character selection, what's here is still an enjoyable beat-em-up.
King of Fighters walks you through a mode that allows you to work your way up a ladder in terms of earning your fighting ranks, eventually getting Terry, Athena, Kyo, and Mai into your fighting line-up. With each character, you're given a bevy of punch and kick attacks, although the special moves have been toned down due to the limitedness of the controls on the phone itself.
But that's not to say the affair isn't without merit. The game still contains enough punch and kick action to remain engaging, feeling just like the original did (sans the complexity). The graphics look pretty good, with sharp enough animation to tell the characters apart and some decent background settings. Sounds are rather minimal, which is a disappointment, but the general presentation isn't bad.
Let's face it, not everyone will want to dive right after this version of King of Fighters. After all, trying to cram a Neo-Geo fighting game into a mobile phone is going to run into its trials and setbacks. But for those who are die-hard fans of the game looking for some action on the go will probably find some entertainment out of this offering. And any game with Mai ain't bad.
What's Hot: Looks good and tries its best despite the platform's control limitations.
What's Not: The sound is fairly lackluster, and it's not as great as the arcade version.