Street Fighter X Tekken Mobile (universal) by Capcom is the mobile version of the long-awaited mash up between two popular console franchises. In many ways, the handheld version is a spiritual sequel to Street Fighter IV Volt, keeping much of the same controls and design, but adding some tweaks, new graphics, and of course, the game’s 2-on-2 fighting style.
Matches in SFXT are wild affairs: players select two fighters each, switching back and forth between the two until the shared life bar runs out. As expected in a Capcom fighting game, timing is everything, and executing even the simplest of combos will take new players some practice to get into – something the training mode helps with quite a bit with, detailing combos and walking players through different combinations. Players can also unlock boosts that will help increase stats temporarily during a match, but these upgrades can be expensive and sometimes don’t come into play while fighting until its too late.
Adding a second fighter does add some strategy to matches: different fighting styles of the game’s 10 characters present a number of strengths and weaknesses, and developing a powerful tandem that can adapt to any player’s approach is key. With only 10 characters to choose from, these strategies are a bit limited, which makes some of the most fun parts of the game – playing with new characters – a short-lived joy, at best.
Unlike the Street Fighter games previously on iOS, SFXT comes Retina ready, with some beautiful new animated background and player models. Unfortunately, these gorgeous new visuals can come at a price to the online gameplay – which frustratingly, is only available as an in-app purchase. Problems of previous titles have been addressed – rage quitters, beware – but the online system does suffer from some slowdown at times, which can make or break a match.
The new tagging system is really cool, but the game’s pay wall and lack of characters might cause some fighting fans to hesitate before they pick up the newest option. It doesn’t have the robust line-up or feature set that King of Fighters -i- 2012 has, but Street Fighter X Tekken is a solid beat ‘em up for hardcore fans looking for a new iOS brawler.