I thoroughly enjoyed
Mortal Kombat 3 on the iPhone/iPod Touch and when I discovered that
the iPad was getting a HD version of it, I was over the moon. Based
on the arcade game, Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 HD is almost an identical
port from the original game, however the intuitive touch screen of
the iPad has replaced the buttons and the joystick. In turn, virtual
buttons are created for the various attacks as coloured buttons that
you simple just push and presto, it will correspond to one of the
attacks such as a punch or kick.
Control of your
character is then done on the left of the screen as a virtual stick which allows you to
navigate the fighting environment and perform jumps and flying
attacks if need be. With that said, this is not a dumbed down
version as all the attacks are included in this release but the only
tricky bit that I found on the iPad version is that sometimes the
movement controls are a little difficult to navigate. However if you
persist, it does get better. Needless to say, Ultimate Mortal Kombat
3 HD is a button smasher but considering that all the attacks are
there, it's definitely a worthy port for the iPad.
Depending on what
fighter you choose, the difficulty level of the AI rapidly increases
and once you get to the boss, things become quite challenging for
the player. The finishing combinations are brilliant and quite
deadly, provided you have enough coordination to successfully use
them. The game does support multiplayer via Blu-tooth of WiFi and we
tested this via Bluetooth that was actually quite fun as we versed
each other via iPads.
newbie or casual gamers, there is a simplified control system but it
does make things a little too easy as opposed to the original game
mechanics. All in all, Mortal Kombat is a decent fighter on the iPad
with some exceptional 3D type graphics.
This faux 3D for a 2D
fighter looks great on the iPad, especially in HD with some strong
animation and good character models. The backgrounds mimic the
original game and the title has this real retro albeit modern feel to
it. Music is ported straight from the original game as are all the
over the top sound effects like "Outstanding!" or "Fatality!"...
In the end, Ultimate
Mortal Kombat 3 HD is a fun port to the iPad that does not take
anything away from the original game but rather opens it up for a
whole new generation, especially casual gamers. With decent graphics
and a sturdy gaming engine, Mortal Kombat is definitely one of the
better fighters available for this platform and as the fight commentator would say
in this game... OUTSTANDING!