Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 iOS Review


The Mortal Kombat series is one of the most infamous series in the history of video games. Known obviously for its graphic violence, hefty amount of blood, and gruesome fatalities, Mortal Kombat was in part responsible for the founding of the ESRB. Nevertheless, the series has sold handsomely since its beginnings in the 1990s and now brings its staple blood and violence to the iOS. And while the whole gang is here, it seems that some of it didn’t translate quite right to the iOS.

The Mortal Kombat series first spawned in 1992 by a team of four : Ed Boon, John Tobias, John Vogel, and Dan Forden. It was one of the few games that had each character having the same basic moves save for their special moves that made each character unique. More importantly, it was known for its amount of violence and gore from both in-game fighting and the notorious “Fatalities” that followed. The game was a huge commercial hit that spawned an abundance of media including TV series, movies, comic books, toys, apparel, and so forth.  Like all good things unfortunately, the game hit a screeching end once the developer (Midway) was forced to file for bankruptcy. Like a phoenix however, it rose from its ashes and returned to its former glory in the 2011 edition of Mortal Kombat.

The Mortal Kombat for iOS, however, is based upon the works of Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3, the upgrade to the original Mortal Kombat 3 released in 1995. This version includes 9 of the beloved characters from UMK3 (like Scorpion and Kitana) and 2 unlockable characters. There are two different control options: the standard iOS version that offers an easier way to perform kombos (yes misspelled on purpose) and an arcade stick layout for fans of the original layout. It is nice for them to have included these two options for both new and veteran players who both want to experience the game to the best of their ability. The stages have also had a graphic overhaul and the music is kept intact from the original version.

However, the problems with this game are plentiful and noticeable even to the naked eye. The graphics, while nice to have them overhauled, are not groundbreaking or note-worthy in any way. The technology associated with the iPods and iPhones are too high-profiled and well-rounded for the graphics to be that low quality (they seriously look like typical PS2 graphics). The glitches associated with outputs are shown, such as when one is performing certain combos (such as Scorpion’s 4 hit combo that ends with a roundhouse kick). The amount of characters are also disappointing, including the choices, but this may have been held back in order for the game to run properly. And of course, there is Mortal Kombat’s notorious AI that happens to know how to counter ever single input.

With all of this in mind, you are probably asking yourself “Should I avoid this game?” If you are a Mortal Kombat fan or can deal with all of these flaws, then surely download it. However, if you are not one of these people, then I suggest you stay away from this Mortal Kombat. The blood must have splattered across the screen during the development time and no one bothered to clean it up.

GGC Score: 6 out of 10

About Kameron Smart

A normal gamer with a last name that's awesome.

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