Each week, Digital Spy rounds up the biggest mobile gaming releases with reviews and trailers. This week's games include DC comic heroes and villains battling it out, a classic fighter-turned-card game and miniature soldiers that pack a big punch.
Injustice: Gods Among Us
Platforms: iPhone, iPad
NetherRealm Studios has gone all out to bring a version of the upcoming DC fighting game to iOS.
It would be unfair to call this a port, since the gameplay has been simplified a great deal to better fit with the touch screen. Taps produce quick attacks, while swipes offer slower but more powerful blows. Holding on the screen with two fingers blocks, while special attacks build up and can be tapped from a meter on the bottom left.
Matches are now tag-team fights, letting you bring three DC icons into battle and switch at will by tapping on their icon. The iOS game is missing a good number of the console version's roster, so Aquaman and Raven fans will be disappointed while most of the heavy hitters are still intact.
One unique aspect is that you can buy card booster packs, which include both new characters and power-ups for certain fighters. Characters also level up as you use them, meaning your favourite characters to use will end up becoming the strongest.
The catch is that because every character uses the same controls and combos, every character plays pretty much the same. Special moves will use different taps and swipes, but whether you're Catwoman or Bane, it's still going to come down to the same three-tap combos.
There is also no multiplayer sadly, though there are plenty of single-player matches to keep you busy for a long time. Injustice does the best it can with the mobile controls, offering a fun, if watered-down, face-off of DC heroes and villains.
> Download 'Injustice: Gods Among Us' from the App Store
Tekken Card Tournament
Platforms: iPhone, iPad, Android
Namco Bandai decided to mix things up for its mobile adaptation of Tekken, opting for a turn-based card game rather than compromise the classic controls.
Battles still take place between two fighters, with each character getting its own deck of cards for their signature attacks.
During each turn players will pick to either focus, strike or block. Focus draws a card, while strike uses all available cards to attack and block prevents damage from the opponent's first two cards that turn.
The system is rather simple, but lends itself to an interesting sort of blind tactical move as you try to predict what your opponent will do. It's combined with a ten-second timer to keep turns quick, and together it actually creates a fairly good approximation of a tense fighting match.
Unfortunately, progress is slow. You choose one character and deck when starting the game, and new cards for random characters are unlocked at a snail's pace. The purchase price for new cards and boosters is unrealistically high to ever afford with in-game funds, so if you want to use multiple characters or experiment with deck building, it's going to cost you.
There are also connection problems with online matches, though admittedly it is nice that you can compete in online matches at all. Tekken Card Tournament can get good if you put the time into it, but it's going to take a lot of your time and money along the way.
> Download 'Tekken Card Tournament' from the App Store
> Download 'Tekken Card Tournament' from the Google Play store
Tiny Troopers 2: Special Ops
Platforms: iPhone, iPad
Price: 69p / $0.99
Tiny Troopers 2 puts you in command of a squad of appropriately diminutive soldiers that harkens back to the days of Cannon Fodder.
You control your soldiers with simple taps, tapping around the environment to move and tapping on enemies to fire. You can also duck and cover with a swipe to avoid explosions.
Troopers level up after each mission, which makes the return of perma-death from the first game all the more devastating if they fall in battle. It is a little more lenient in the sequel though, letting you spend a rare medal to revive any fallen soldiers at the end of a mission.
There is only that one chance, and it makes you carefully think about how valuable a veteran is compared to training a new recruit. Medals also allow you to upgrade weapons or recruit specialist troopers, like medics and soldiers with flamethrowers.
Tiny Troopers 2 is a bigger, and almost better, game than the original. The structure is favoured more toward in-app purchases this time around, which sadly interferes with the difficulty balance more than it needs to.
Even so, fans of Cannon Fodder will get a lot of mileage out of commanding their troops across the cartoony battlefields.
> Download 'Tiny Troopers 2: Special Ops' from the App Store
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