Batman Arkham City Lockdown review (iOS / Universal)

December 9, 2011

“Why so serious?”

10 word description: Swipe controlled beat-em-up. Fight minions and bosses. Upgrades & combos.

The menu page is subtly animated and very nicely presented

10 word review: Fairly repetitive fighting, but kinetic and satisfying. Controls work well.

They never learn, do they?

You will like this if you enjoy: Infinity Blade (which is very similar in terms of gameplay and the one-on-one fights). Games featuring Batman.

Deflecting a blow temporarily stuns your opponent

The good news: Graphically quite impressive, if a bit dark (although I think that’s the whole point). Controls work well (just pay attention during the tutorial). Interface and presentation are attractive and polished. Boss fights are challenging and include additional features beyond the standard fighting moves.

Levelling up earns "WayneTech" points that can be used to buy various upgrades and gadgets

The bad news: The minion fights do start to feel a bit repetitive after a while, particularly when their health levels go up and fights last longer. It’s not as graphically stunning as Infinity Blade, and it plays very similarly.

The first boss fight includes a few Batarang sequences where you control the path of the Batarang using tilt control

Arcadelife verdict: As a Batman game it works very well, although concentrating on the fistfights which won’t appeal to all Batman fans. Would the game be better with an Adam West Batman skin and fights punctuated by BIFF and KAPOW…? Well, possibly, although I think we’re stuck with what we have here as it’s a tie-in to the Arkham City game and the Dark Knight era of The Batman. Overall, it’s enjoyable enough but slightly marred by repetitive minion fights and generally rather dark (as in not bright) graphics.

At the end of each set of fights you get a bunch of statistics

Arcadelife rating: 78/100

Version reviewed by Arcadelife is 1.0
iTunes link

Batman Arkham City website link

Arcadelife played and reviewed this game on:
4th gen iPod Touch (OS 5.0.1)
iPad (OS 5.0.1)

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