Nov 24, 2012
App Review: Beatdown!
Beatdown! puts you in the role of a man that has just been fired. Instead of going home and looking on the internet for a new job, he decides he has no choice but to beat up everyone trying to get in his way as he moves to the company's headquarters.
If you like retro graphics and button-mashing side-scrollers then Beatdown! is the game for you. Taking you through twenty levels including bosses, you'll be punching your way through everybody. You can also pick up weapons that some enemies drop, or find in a barrel to help you on your way. I didn't come across any health pick ups, but I found the game was easy enough to get through that it wasn't necessary. Also, when you've beaten up enough people, your rage meter will become full which will up the strengths of your attacks!
The controls to Beatdown! were pretty good. There's options to change the type of control format you have, meaning you can have an analog stick, D-pad, or just scrolling with your thumb. You can also place these buttons including the punch, and jump button wherever you please, which I'm a big fan of. On the iPad I was able to find the perfect match-up using the analog stick. On the iPhone I had problems with controlling my guy because my thumb would get in my characters way at times, and ended up with me getting killed. There is a syncing between your iPhone, and iPad that will save your progress to both devices (awesome!). I just stuck with my iPad for most of my playthrough.
If twenty levels wasn't enough then head to Endless Mode. It's exactly what it sounds like, and just keeps sending waves of bad guys at you. It's not going to keep you coming back, but it was a nice add-on. I didn't see any leaderboards, which is a bit of a let down. There are achievements you can collect to extend the replay value. It took me around 45 mins-to-an-hour to beat Beatdown! which I think is a fine amount for a game that costs $0.99.
Final Say: It's not the most original game out there, but it was well done. I liked how you could position your controls, have iCloud saves, awesome graphics, and it was universal. It's not for everyone, but if you're looking for an old-school button-masher beat-em-up game then Beatdown! for $0.99 is not a bad deal at all. If that's not your type of thing, then just pass on Beatdown!
You can purchase Beatdown! for $0.99 here.