Review by Jason T. Smith
(Victor Valley)—World Wrestling Entertainment, also known around the world as WWE, is the creator and king of sports entertainment as we know it today. From TV to comic books, video games, and more, the company has expanded its reach to just about every form of media. With WWE Immortals, they delve into the world of handheld games; do they get the 1-2-3 for the win, or is this just another gimmick match?
WWE Immortals is a fighting game available for iOS and Android, and is free to download and play. From Neatherrealm Studios, the people that brought the world Mortal Kombat and Injustice: Gods Among Us, Immortals takes the superstars and divas of the WWE and puts them into multiple fantasy realms, all coming together for the ultimate cell phone Smackdown. When you want to make a fighting game, it makes sense to go to the team behind some of the most successful fighters in recent memory, and it pays off big time for Immortals. We get the cast of the WWE from various time periods and eras, some real, some fantasy, and all are pretty amazing. Take WWE Superstar Roman Reigns, who dons the armor of a gladiator, or the Big Show, who is turned literally into a giant of lore.
The gameplay is really simple, which is to be expected from a game playable on cellphones and tablets. But the simplistic nature of this fighter is addicting. Single taps of the screen can be chained into combos, swipes are strong attacks, and two fingers are to block: those are the main commands you will use. With special moves and finishers available as well, the gameplay looks amazing for such a small sized title. Upgrades, boosters, characters and more are available to purchase with earned currency from the game as well as simply purchasing them outright with various micro transactions.
I am not a huge fan of cell phone games, with Tetris being the exception. But I am fully pulled into the world of WWE Immortals. Its fun, its simple, it has reasons to play more and more, and it looks amazing to boot. I only wish they would take this idea and make a full fledged game on this concept for the home consoles. Download it, you won’t be disappointed.