I recently discovered a great free iOS app, Injustice: Gods Among Us, a fighting game from the creators of Mortal Kombat featuring characters from DC Comics. Set in an alternate universe, the game sees the Joker kill Lois Lane and destroy Metropolises, pushing Superman over the edge. He kills the Joker and takes over the world, forcing Batman to start a revolution, with the aid of his friends and a few villains, and save the world from Superman’s tyranny.
The gameplay takes place as 3-on-3 tag-team battles using a wide variety of DC heroes and villains. The battles are broken up into around 10 fights, allowing you to play in short bursts, perfect for playing on the go. I’ve played several combat based apps in the past and have found them quite infuriating, the controls were either too simple or way too overcomplicated, not finding a way to make use of the touch-based controls. Injustice somehow finds the perfect balance, the controls are simple but work well, with special moves thrown in to keep the combat exciting.
There are three tiers to the characters: bronze, silver and gold. You begin with bronze characters and have to use in-game currency to buy the higher levels. While there is an option to buy game credits, in the freenium model, it isn’t too hard to earn them through playing through the story and I found no need to buy credits at all. One thing I would advise is getting the booster packs rather than buying characters outright, as they are far cheaper and there is a chance to get even the best of characters. Particularly the daily special gold booster pack that is offered at a discount is a great deal, far cheaper than any of the gold characters.
Challenges occur regularly, offering exclusive gold characters which can’t usually be bought. You have to play through five stages featuring characters of differing levels, before facing the character you’re aiming to win. It’s a great way to get strong gold characters without having to pay out credits. Additionally, the fact that they are only available for a limited time makes the desire to get them even more addictive.
The story mode is unfortunately a bit lacking, featuring no real story of any kind. You build up through the stronger characters, eventually taking on Superman but without some background reading I wouldn’t have known what was going on. The app seems to act more as a companion to the main Xbox 360/PS3 game in this regard, which does feature a full story mode. Additionally playing on both the app and game gives bonuses, such as exclusive characters and more credits. I have to admit I do feel compelled to get the main game to see what’s going on, which I imagine is the creator’s intention.
Injustice: Gods Among Us is a great game, a fun way to pass the time while riding the train or killing a few minutes at home. It would have been nice to see some more depth to the game, allowing for it to become more than just a distraction. As it is, it makes a great game for now but will only hold my interest for a short period of time, probably around the time that I discover a new fun free app to play.