Okay, I’ll admit it: I’m a sucker for any mobile game that inspires nostalgia. Mortal Kombat X is one of those titles, having been a gaming staple for one platform or another since the classic arcade days. It concerns me more than a little that I can scarcely remember what I ate for lunch yesterday, but I can hear in-game phrases like “Outstanding!” and “Finish him!” inside my head with resounding clarity. Luckily for those of us who played this fighter game once upon a time (armed with a stack of quarters), Mortal Kombat X will be mobile-ready this April.
Developed by Warner Bros., Mortal Kombat X for mobile will feature all of the classic (and beloved) characters we remember side by side with a few fresh faces –and if you watch the game trailer (linked below) you will see that the “brutal fatalities and x-ray hits” have all been maintained.
It is somewhat difficult to imagine just how this game will translate onto a touch-screen. For those new to the franchise, defeating your opponent back in the day meant delivering a complex (and often somewhat mysterious) series of joystick moves and button presses as each character thrashes around with their signature moves. Chances are good this aspect has been dramatically simplified, but my hope is that the soul of the game successfully carries over.
What passed for brutal and gory in the early days of gaming will seem pretty tame to most anyone now, but those who have played Mortal Kombat standing at a classic arcade machine will tell you it was the kind of game that really engaged you –remember with me just how hard you were pounding on those buttons by the end of any grudge match!
There are no specifics yet regarding price, but other titles by this developer have hit the Play Store with a zero dollar price-tag (though apparently there is also a collectible card game component, so you can bet there will be a host of in-app purchases available for those willing to spend a little cash). Consoles will see Mortal Kombat X on April 14th, so while a specific day hasn’t been announced for mobile, it is safe to assume it will be on or around that date as well.