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.