Bruce Lee Dragon Warrior [rating: 4.5/5]
I often found that with fighting games many people who find their favourite version stick with it. If you liked Mortal Kombat you didn’t like Street Fighter and if you liked either of those you wouldn’t like Tekken. I think this was more due to the control systems on each game that varied slightly and once you were used to one it was difficult to move to the other.
The fighting genre has never been hugely successful on the iPhone yet, partly due to the touch screen controls or the less than perfect graphics but now there is a serious challenger in the form of Bruce Lee Dragon Warrior from game developers Indiagames Ltd.
Bruce Lee Dragon Warrior is a 3D fighting game which leans on the martial arts side of fighting which is no surprise given the martial arts star who lends his name to the title.
The first thing you’ll notice about Bruce Lee Dragon Warrior are the beautiful graphics. From the motion captured characters including Bruce Lee himself to the multiple gorgeous locations that ooze quality and while the environments cannot be directly interacted with they are animated which add extra depth to the graphics.
Just as in life a game needs more than looks to be successful, Bruce Lee Dragon Warrior does not disappoint here either. The controls are simple enough, a virtual d-pad along with two action buttons to kick and punch are all you need and combinations for these buttons over a large variety of moves.
Not all moves and combos are available from the start but as you progress through the game additional moves become unlocked and enable you to grow your character the more you play.
While the controls are easy to pick up they will take a while to master especially some of the special and end moves that took me a while to accomplish. This is not all bad though as it keeps the challenge going and always provides you with a target.
There are multiple ways to play the game too. First, there is the story mode which is how you unlock most of the additional characters, moves and artwork! This mode combines a variety of challenges, from one on one fights, survival matches, where you have to fight multiple opponents in a row with only limited energy gains between matches, and tournament.
Completing these challenges help you progress through the game and earn you XP enabling you to level up and unlock the previously mentioned items.
After unlocking the moves you can assign them to your character so that you can customize him to your own preferences, this degree of control is nice and enables you to have some control over the style of your character.
All of the game-types that you get to play through the story mode are also available to play individually as well which adds additional value to the game. That’s before you even consider the 30+ achievements detailed statistics and artwork that includes stills from Bruce Lee’s movies.
The only thing missing for me from this game is a local multi-player which would enable you to fight your friends not to mention an online multi-player which would make your very own dojo!
Bruce Lee Dragon Warrior is a very accessible fighting game that pushes the iPhone and shows what is possible when a developer puts time, effort and energy into a game. If you want a great looking fighting game that will keep you occupied for a decent amount of time get yourself over to the App Store and spend three dollars on this great game.
- 10 perfectly motion captured characters
- Beautiful environments
- Multiple ways to play
- Lots to unlock
- Controls take practice
- Steep learning curve
- No multi-player
Reviewed on an iPhone 4
Price: $2.99 (App Store)
Released:May 20, 2010
Size: 84.7 MB
© Bruce Lee Enterprises, LLC 2010. All Rights Reserved
Requirements:Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iPhone OS 3.0 or later.