Fighting games on mobile devices are always trying new things out to make them work. Some go with onscreen buttons and others go with swiping controls. Unfortunately, they mostly forget the basic idea of a fighting game and what makes them fun. The problem these developers don’t understand is the fun that fighting games can provide, have to provide to keep fans coming back. BlazBlue RR thankfully has hit a happy median of fun and controls that work on touch screen devices. Finally.
You could say that BlazBlue is similar to games like Injustice, WWE Immortals, Mortal Kombat X, etc. The thing is, at the same time, it is not. While those games REALLY dumb down the experience to accommodate the lack of hardware controls, BlazBlue does not. If you think about it, the best fighting games have a pretty limited move set. Ryu and Ken from Street Fighter II have a Dragon Punch, Spin kick and the fireball exclusive to them. Add in the regular punches and kicks and it is an impressive, albeit limited, move set. BlazBlue goes with this style but adds in proximity moves when tapping the screen. If you are in the air and just swiped down and start tapping the screen you get maybe a spin kick. On the ground and do the same may result in throwing your opponent away from you after a barrage of punches and kicks.
One of the best fighting games on Android now.
There are only two onscreen buttons in BlazBlue RR- left and right movement. Their use is rather limited actually and that may be for the best. Enemies appear onscreen and you are tasked with dispatching them in a battle that would be a good mix of Final Fight and Street Fighter II. You are on a single plane of fighting but can face multiple enemies- especially during boss battles.
BlazBlue is free to play. That means, there are In App Purchases to watch out for. As with most mobile games, you have a limited amount of stamina. Each fight takes some. You can upgrade your character either by winning battles or by buying the stuff you would win with real money.
BlazBlue by 91Act
Platform: Android (ZTE ZMAX 2 used for review) and iPhone
In App Purchases: Yes
Rated: 10+ on Google Play and 12+ on iTunes
Available now on Google Play and the iTunes App Store