iOS REVIEW: Double Dragon (iPhone/iPod)
As a life long Double Dragon fanboy I have to admit that iOS version had & still has potential to be the BEST definitive version of the game. Sadly it is held back by a few mostly minor issues. That said it is still a VERY good game.
The gameplay and art are like a beefed up version of Double Dragon Advance for the Gameboy Advance. Believe me when I say this is a VERY good thing, as DDA was EASILY one of the best games in the series. This time they added an unlockable characters & experience system to power up Billy & Jimmy. You with the full Double Dragon move set from the start however as you level up you learn new moves and abilities completely new to this game. Also each time you complete the game you unlock the bosses and regular enemies as playable characters. The graphic's have a colorful anime/comic book style to them. The animation is fantastic, fast, & crisp as is the gameplay on my 8gb iPod Touch 4. That said the game has some issues.
The biggest issue/s involve the Virtual Pad controls. For the most part they are responsive and do their job well. However they lack the tactile response/feedback of physical controls ESSENTIAL for a game like this. As a result I often find my fingers "sliding off", pressing the wrong button, or missing them entirely. Another relatively minor issue (for me at least) is the fact that they take up 1/3 of the screen. For the most part this isn't an issue as the play area rarely dips below the lip of the controls & the developers have addressed this by adding a transparancy option for the Virtual Pad. Another problem is that Game Center integration is broken and doesn't work. The last problem is more of a Nitpick really, but could be a turn off for some people. The game's audio is completely mono... even with Headphones.
Despite these issues the game remains very good. It's a solid remake that had the potential to be the best but sadly fell short because of them. I would LOVE to see a PSN or Xbox Live port of as it would fix the root of most of this game's problems, the virtual pad. If you have an iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad and are fan of Double Dragon or Beat em Ups in general you owe it to yourself to give this game a try. It's EASILY worth the $2 price tag.