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The original Mortal Kombat was one of those video games that changed the world 10 More Video Games That Changed The World 10 More Video Games That Changed The World These titles can legitimately be classed as game-changers. Which is a rather apt description given the subject matter. Read More , pioneering the genre of fighting games. The new Mortal Kombat X is the first title to be released across platforms, including mobile. Has developer Netherrealm Studios finally set the standard in how to make a fighting game for the small screen?

The answer is yes and no. No, Mortal Kombat X is not the killer fighting game you are looking for. Yes, Netherrealm Studios did crack how to make a fighting game—with its earlier titles like our favorite WWE Immortals Is WWE Immortals Worth Downloading? Is WWE Immortals Worth Downloading? Read More and Injustice: Gods Among Us.

Tap, Tap, Tap Some More

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Mortal Kombat X follows the same formula as WWE Immortals and Injustice: Gods Among Us, but it has been dumbed down to a point where it is boring. All you do in the game is tap. And tap some more. Then tap again. And keep tapping. Where Immortals had swipes for special moves, where Injustice had tap-and-swipe combos, MKX has nothing more than tapping.

Tap the screen to attack. In case you are getting relentlessly attacked, hold down two fingers on the screen to block. This just reduces the impact of an attack though, you’ll still lose some health. The only time you swipe is to execute a fatality or a special move, and that too is about matching on-screen instructions.

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It gets boring very quickly. Not only is it repetitive, there isn’t significant difference in how players attack, unlike Immortals or Injustice. In fact, some browser-based fighting games are more entertaining 5 Browser-Based Fighting Games That Are Actually Good 5 Browser-Based Fighting Games That Are Actually Good Some of the best fighting games are actually available for free as Flash games in your browser. Read More than MKX on mobile. So whether you are using Reptile or Scorpion, you won’t have to change your strategy. Just keep tapping till the other guy drops, or you do out of sheer ennui.

Same Old, Same Old

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Each round is a three-vs-three battle. You can tag one of your three players in and out at any time. Kill all of the enemy’s players to win the battle and progress. A win gives you coins and souls, which can be used for in-game purchases and items, like players or booster cards.

You can buy fighters for coins and upgrade them by playing matches. You can also buy booster cards, to increase damage, health or other elements of any character. Each has limited stamina, which regenerates after you level up. If you’re out of stamina, you can choose to wait for it to regenerate with time, or trade in three souls for an instant regeneration, so you can play on.

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Fighters are available in bronze, silver and gold categories, and the capabilities are proportional to how much you pay for them.

There’s a power meter, which builds up as you fight. The power meter has three levels, each acting as a special move to inflict extra damage.

Multiplayer Mode and Challenge Mode will give you daily battles and longer tournaments for big rewards.

If this all sounds familiar, that’s because it is exactly like Immortals and Injustice. The only real difference is in the graphics of MKX and the ever-popular gory fatalities.

Gore-geous

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Mortal Kombat has a legacy of being unabashedly gore-filled Six Ultra Violent Video Games That Are Ultra Awesome [MUO Gaming] Six Ultra Violent Video Games That Are Ultra Awesome [MUO Gaming] Video games are an inherently violent art form. Many of the most popular games involve killing hundreds of enemies without so much as a second thought. Call of Duty, the most popular video game ever... Read More , and especially creative with its fatalities. In those aspects, MKX lives up to the expectations.

The fatalities are what you will see in the full console game, so you will be treated to some hilarious ones like Cassie Cage taking a selfie while vanquishing an opponent, or truly blood-curdling ones like a fighter’s face being chopped off and dropping to the ground with his brain still throbbing. Needless to say, this game is not meant for kids. In fact, the Mortal Kombat series is among the most banned video games in the world Top 10 Video Games Banned Somewhere In The World Top 10 Video Games Banned Somewhere In The World Read More .

But more than the fatalities, MKX sets a new standard in mobile video game graphics. The movements of the characters are incredibly smooth, the character and background design is detailed and rich, and the overall slick feel of the game makes it a visual delight.

Free, But Well…

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Yes, Mortal Kombat X is free, but it has in-app purchases. Normally, we advise you to disable in-app purchases to avoid accidental spending What Are In-App Purchases & How Can I Disable Them? [MakeUseOf Explains] What Are In-App Purchases & How Can I Disable Them? [MakeUseOf Explains] "I can’t believe it!" my cousin said to me the other day, "someone’s just bought a $10 in-app purchase on my mother’s phone, and she doesn’t even know what I’m talking about!". Sounds familiar? How... Read More . But in MKX, it seems difficult to go beyond a certain point without these in-app purchases. If that annoys you, try some free mobile games with no hidden costs No Hidden Cost: 7 Free-To-Play Games That Are Actually Free No Hidden Cost: 7 Free-To-Play Games That Are Actually Free Mobile gaming has a problem. You download a game, you start playing, but you hit a paywall. These games don't have that problem at all. Read More .

After progressing quite a bit, you hit a wall which seems insurmountable without spending real money. You can’t keep fighting and earning coins and souls because you don’t earn enough through regular fights. Plus, as already stated, the fights get boring very quickly. It almost seems geared towards frustrating you into swiping your credit card.

Should You Download It?

Graphics aren’t enough to save a game. Mortal Kombat X delivers on style, but lacks in substance. There isn’t enough to keep you hooked to the game.

If you have already played WWE Immortals or Injustice: Gods Among Us, then stick to those. If you haven’t, download those instead of MKX. All you will miss out on are the fatalities, which you can catch on YouTube anyway.

Download: Mortal Kombat X for iPhone and iPad (Free)

Console, PC or Mobile?

Mortal Kombat X will be launching on Android soon too, as well as PC and consoles. Which platform will you be playing it on?

  1. Blighteous
    June 7, 2016 at 5:24 am

    Misleading. In MKX, it is incredibly unnecessary to use real money since the game gives you both Koins and Souls at a slow and steady rate, allowing you to buy the best cards in the game if you are patient enough. There isn't much grinding either. You know which game makes it impossible to obtain the best cards without spending money? Injustice. But I agree about what you say about the combat.

  2. SpyBruh
    May 15, 2016 at 6:15 pm

    I actually disagree. For me MKX has become suprisingly addicting. Plus! 1.8 Is out with some BIG features! And also, now for the rest of the week we get free items daily. There are 2 items that you get in a pattern, 30 Souls and Fujin's Blessing.

  3. Richard
    May 20, 2015 at 9:59 pm

    The whole selling point of the mortal kombat games was the gore and fatalities, in MK-X on iOS yes there is gore but you can't actually perform fatalities with your own characters you've spent ages tapping away to get up to level 20, seriously what's the point of mortal kombat without performing your own fatalities??? Hoping there will be a update to correct this huge mistake otherwise I'm going to have to delete what could be a potentially an amazing game.....TOASTIE

  4. Anonymous
    April 30, 2015 at 9:26 am

    Does it need an Internet connection?

    • Anonymous
      May 3, 2015 at 1:49 am

      The Internet is shit

  5. Damien-Rock
    April 19, 2015 at 12:09 am

    I just played this on my iPad and looks great but glad I bought the PS4 version to make up for this. Boo! And Hgagag? I'll take it if it's legit ????

  6. Hgagag
    April 17, 2015 at 2:31 pm

    I have an maxed fused account with millions of coins if anybody wants its

    • Anonymous
      April 26, 2015 at 11:55 pm

      Ido

  7. Anonymous
    April 17, 2015 at 8:23 am

    No mention on the main point of these mobile versions (like Injustice): synergy unlocks. Do things in-game on mobile or console and unlock bonuses (skins and profile enhancements which grant bonuses) for one and another.

    • Mihir Patkar
      April 17, 2015 at 4:37 pm

      I don't have the console version, so I wasn't aware of that :) Sorry, I meant to look at this purely as a mobile game.

  8. Anonymous
    April 17, 2015 at 1:42 am

    Street Fighter II pioneered fighting games. Mortal Kombat followed, not led.

    • Mihir Patkar
      April 17, 2015 at 4:36 pm

      Fair enough :)

  9. Anonymous
    April 16, 2015 at 10:43 pm

    actually you don't just tap there are some swipes, also this game IS good, you can do cool ally attacks and souls are kinda easy to get

    • Mihir Patkar
      April 17, 2015 at 4:37 pm

      There are no swipe-based combat moves. The only time you have to swipe is when you need to finish a combo or perform a fatality. In that, you are following on-screen swipe instructions, not using it as part of your combat.

  10. Anonymous
    April 15, 2015 at 5:50 pm

    Just downloaded, played for 10 minutes and deleted. I already have Immortals and Injustice... no point.

    • Mihir Patkar
      April 17, 2015 at 4:35 pm

      Totally agreed.

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