The King of Fighters ’97 Review

The King of Fighters ’97 Review

Jan 8, 2014

Despite minimal sales numbers in modern terms, SNK’s King of Fighters series is one of the most beloved fighting game franchises ever. While not quite reaching the commercial success of other 2D fighters, such as Capcom’s Street Fighter or Midway/WB’s Mortal Kombat, it nonetheless survives primarily in arcades in Asia and on consoles for more serious fighting game junkies, with the most recent iteration appearing in 2010. With a slew of other classic games from the 80’s and 90’s making their way onto the Android OS, from titles like R-Type to Sonic the Hedgehog, it’s no wonder SNK has decided to release many of the various installments of this franchise onto the mobile platform.

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Fighting games haven’t been exactly stellar on phones or tablets. Many of them have tried to incorporate the touch screen in various ways, to make it feel more than just a port with the buttons on the screen. However, trying to re-invent the wheel doesn’t always produce amazing results. Games like Injustice: Gods Among Us on mobile ended up being more of who could swipe the hardest on the screen. Other games that have used the on screen buttons, such as Fighting Tiger – Liberal, also haven’t been all that great, having wonky button controls and not the most concise response to what a player wished for the game to do.

It’s not that The King of Fighters ’97 has a progressively amazing control scheme; in fact it’s quite the opposite. The buttons on screen work well with player’s input, but aren’t phenomenal. Depending on the size of the device you’re using, your giant hands may block you from seeing most of the action on screen. Luckily, this title supports many game controllers, such as the PowerA Moga controllers, which really gives players a console or arcade like experience when playing it.

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The graphics in King of Fighters ’97 look slightly enhanced, but still use the graphics from the original 1997 release. The graphics do not look 17 years old in anyway; just enhanced to work better with the high definition screens of your Android device.

King of Fighters ’97 is probably one of the better fighting games that exist in the Google Play marketplace. While many of the same games in the fighting genre try to do something unique with the touch screen controls, KoF ’97 stays true to its roots and utilizes touch screen buttons in the classic arcade fashion, while also utilizing BlueTooth controllers. Amongst retro games and fighting titles, King of Fighters ’97 on Android is one of the better games among both of those genres.

Look Out Below Review

Look Out Below Review

Oct 25, 2013

More and more mobile games are utilizing physics in unique ways. Ever since the rise of Angry Birds, developers are looking for new ways to bring the force that dictates all things in the real world into the games that appear on phones and tablets. Physics are implemented in a variety of different games, offering unique game play options and interesting ways of using the laws of science within the game. Look Out Below is one of those games that offers an uncommon usage of physics while offering a simple, but testing game play.

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The goal of Look Out Below seems simple enough; drop cargo in order to keep your broken and falling plane in the sky and in one piece. But there is more to this title than just that. In this game, the goal is also to make sure the various cargo one dumps gets a safe landing. The cargo isn’t just random boxes either; players will have to deal with anything from supply crates to livestock to paratroopers in your cargo hold, while assuring you drop them where the given cargo will land the safest. Points are scored for safe landings of the cargo and points are deducted for non safe landings. This, of course, occurring while the player still needs to keep the aircraft in the sky and not crashing to the earth, or any subsequent terrain that is in the way. As one can see, it’s very easy to have a negative score at the end of a level, if a player only concerns themselves with the safety of the plane.

Physics, however, plays a major role in a player’s success or failure in dropping their cargo. Anything thrown from the plane doesn’t simply fall to the ground in a beautiful straight line. Rather, players will have to be concerned with a more realistic freefall of the cargo, more based on weight than anything. Luckily, there isn’t anything extreme such as weather or wind, but timing and accuracy are still the keys for success in Look Out Below.

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Other ancillary things, such as the music and graphics, are also pretty stellar in this title. The graphics in Look Out Below won’t rival the beauty of a game like Sine Mora, but they certainly aren’t to be casted off as nothing either. The graphics may resonate with people who were fans of older console graphics from the original Xbox or PS2 era, which weren’t shabby. For a team comprised of 2 people (plus occasional extras, according to their site), both the graphics and sound are done in such a way that this game looks and feels as great as it is to play.

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Look Out Below may not be the kind of game you know you want to play, but after giving it a chance, you’ll wonder why you never found it before. This simple but challenging indie game sets out to bring the retro arcade experience to mobile devices, and does an all around impressive job at doing so. There’s absolutely nothing that should irk the player of this title, other than the difficulty of the game itself. Look Out Below won’t let you pull a “Miracle on the Hudson”, but it does soar high as a entertaining game for anyone to enjoy.