Bruce Lee: Enter the Game Review

Bruce Lee: Enter the Game Review

Dec 10, 2014

I’m sure of one thing: there is a Bruce Lee in all of us.

There’s something about the martial arts legend that causes us to want to take on multitudes of unjust enemies, and kick them into oblivion. Watching his movies growing up almost always caused impromptu, slippered hand-to-hand combat fights.


Well, it seems we can relive those days, here and now, on our Android-powered devices, in the manifestation of Bruce Lee: Enter The Game.

The game is a 2D-ish, colorful arcade game with elements of beat-em-up and side-scrolling tossed in. Front and center, an appropriately shirtless Bruce Lee is our controlled protagonist, and right from the get go, with the interestingly set graphics, we can see our man is ready for business.

The gameplay gets straight to it. The first stanza is a tutorial of sorts, and gives an idea of how the controls work: generally, gestures rule the coop, and they guide walking and attacks, as well as counters. Intuitively, the direction of the swipe determines the direction of the hit or counter. Basically, a lot of lifebar-ed hoodlums come from either side of Bruce, looking to crash his awesome party; Bruce’s (the player’s) job is to use aforementioned moves to thwart them and reduce their lifebars to nothingness.


So, at the base level, the idea is to stay alive while accumulating spendable coins by beating up the bad guys. With a little bit of practice, one gets better at taking on the waves of thugs effectively. The gameplay is leveled, with each styled as some sort of missions, and the challenge predictably gets harder as one makes progress.

To deal with the heightening capabilities of the game engine, it becomes necessary to upgrade Bruce. Now, I know what you’re thinking. How does one improve on unparalleled greatness? This game allows us to pretend to, and Bruce’s attributes can be increased with earned coins. The increased attributes (like the ability to withstand initial hits) are invaluable further on in the game. Also, there’s the ability to acquire helpers (boosts) before every round. Each round gets scored on a star system.

The game does allow for in-app purchasing, but, with diligent gameplay, the use of real money can be avoided. Sometimes, it does feel a bit repetitive, but the complexity of the characters, the side challenges and the extra moves help alleviate this.

All in all, it is a fun game that manages to bring the past to life without lulling folks to sleep. As such, I suspect this is the type of game Mr Lee would be proud of.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Review

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Review

Aug 25, 2014

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles features everyone’s favorite mutant abominations beating the heck out of a bunch of thugs and cracking one-liners. What’s not to like? TMNT is loosely based on the rather lukewarmly received movie. Does it fare better than its big screen brethren?

TMNT plays less like a beat ‘em up and more like a kind of strange rhythm game. Swiping at an enemy automatically moves the turtle next to that enemy and from there swipes in different direction results in different attacks. Some attacks are fast, some ignore blocking and others allow the player to dodge easily. New enemies constantly drop in and each stage involves defeating a bunch of them as stylishly as possible. The swipe based system works very well and it is a nice change to not have to deal with a virtual pad.
Enemies about to hit the player glow with lighting and a tap anywhere on the screen will stop their attack and counter attack them instead.

Screenshot_2014-08-15-09-04-43After a bit of combat a sequence can be unleashed where two or more turtles attack together. Some neat mini puzzles have to be completed to trigger the attack correctly and this is good fun and looks really cool.

TMNT’s gameplay is fun stuff. Combat is satisfying, counter attacking is fun and the excellent sound and graphics really help the gameplay along. Between levels there are comic book cutscenes to expose more of the rather silly plot involving thugs taking over pizza restaurants and a proliferation of non-good mutants and these are lots of fun to watch.

Screenshot_2014-08-21-19-13-34Between bouts, players can spend coins earned on upgrades to turtles, such as making them stronger or faster. Gems can be spent on learning new moves as well. Gems are premium currency but are handed out rather often during gameplay. After finishing some levels the player will receive a few gems. Of course the player is never given enough gems to buy everything, but this doesn’t really matter as the game is fun enough without all the moves.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles looks great. A coo cel-shaded style is easy on the eyes. Battles look very smooth and animate well and there is a good variety of enemies and punishing looking movies.

The sound is excellent as well. The game has tons of speech that is well acted and some pumping music and there is always something cool to look at or listen to. TMNT is very highly polished.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has a lot to do. There are plenty of stages and things to unlock and the game is fun so it is worth replaying older stages for more coins.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is a fun game and a great surprise considering the track record of most movie games. While the gem system may be slightly irritating, the game itself is good stuff and very well made. Play it today!