Real Steel World Robot Boxing review: experience the joy of beating robots to death
Hendy Wijaya | On October 23, 2013 at 1:00 pm
If you ever watched Rocky, then you have watched the best and the most famous boxing movie in the world. But have you ever watched Real Steel? In the movie’s universe, boxing has changed a lot, and the ones boxing aren’t humans anymore; they’re robots. Sounds exciting? If it does, then there’s a huge chance that you will enjoy the latest mobile game from Reliance Games: Real Steel World Robot Boxing.
Challenging combats, but not punishing
In Real Steel World Robot Boxing, you will be using various robots to fight against fellow robots in the boxing ring. As of now there are a total of 24 robots divided into 4 tiers. Each tier represents the base strength of each robot;1st tier robots will have no chance against 2nd tier robots even when fully upgraded.
During fights you will be using a virtual controller on the bottom of the screen, with movement buttons and 4 other buttons, which are light attack, heavy attack, block, and special attack. Light and heavy attack buttons can be combined with movement buttons to change their attack, resulting in a total of 8 normal attacks and 1 special attack variation. This system is quite common in mobile fighting games, but the combat in this game is designed beautifully, and is very fluid and challenging.
As you play you will receive Real Money, which is the in-game currency used to purchase, upgrade, and change the color scheme of your robots. Upgrading is a very integral part of the game, as it will strongly improve your chance of winning against opponents. As I said before, the game is very challenging, and fighting robots that have higher stats, or even equal stats to yours, is quite difficult.
Real Steel World Robot Boxing uses the energy system commonly found in free mobile and web games, where every time you fight you will lose one point energy, whether you win or lose, and if you run out you have to stop playing for a while. Every 10 minutes you get back one point, but you only start with five, which means that you have to wait 50 minutes to regain the energy used for just five fights. Obviously there is a way to restore your energy quicker, or even upgrade your energy capacity, but have probably guessed, you will need to get out your credit card to do it.
Robots in Real Steel movie are in the game
Real Steel World Boxing uses a side-scrolling system that will limit your movement to strictly left and right. The 3D models are designed very well, and if you watched the movie, you will be very pleased to see the robots from the movie appearing in the game.
Sadly however the majority of these robots, the ones seen in the movie, must be bought using Real Gold, an in-game currency that can only be obtained by using real money (not to be confused with Real Money, which is the stupidly-named in-game currency), or by leveling up. You only get one gold for every level though, and the epic champion robot Zeus cost 3000 gold coins.
In terms of graphics, the stages during the game are pretty horrible, almost comparable to fighting games on the first Playstation, where the backgrounds are pretty much crowd-shaped colored carton papers with a layer of low-resolution wallpaper as a background.
Excessive In App Purchases
Real Steel World Robot Boxing can be obtained from Google Play for free and you get to play the game offline without any advertising, which is definitely a good thing. However, the in-app purchases in the game are way over the top, at least in my opinion. Eight of the 24 robots available must be bought using Real Gold.
Some of the color schemes for the robots are also only buyable using Real Gold. Consumables that are almost cheat items such as restoring most of your health one time in battle, become invulnerable for few seconds, and other stuff requires Real Gold as well. In fact, you probably can ace and end the game in less than one hour if you’re willing to spend a lot of money.
Real Steel World Robot Boxing is a very good fighting game with a wonderful game design. Although the graphics aren’t too good, especially compared to other good Android games, there still aren’t many fighting games on mobile platforms that are as fluid and challenging as this game. The very disappointing thing in this game was its excessive in-app purchases, which made me feel that I needed to spend quite a lot of money to play unless I wanted to suffer.
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