Smack Boxing is a boxing game by Full Control APS. $0.99
This was an interesting one for me to review as previously played Iron Fist Boxing, it was hard not to compare the two. So I focus on what Smack Boxing is about I will quickly compare the two. Iron Fist is more superior in graphics but I believe the gameplay in Smack Boxing is better. Smack Boxing is a very fun boxing game that uses the touch screen capabilities quite well to convey the game. Recently a major update was released that easily increased how fun this game was, adding things to actually do instead of a quick arcade style fight. It is at the time of review at the sale price of $0.99 and alot of fun for that price.
Graphics wise this is a fine game. It strays away from the realistic feel and brings some cartoon action to the iPhone. There is nothing wrong with the graphics, as the opponents and background look quite good. There is one small area which I would like to see improved, and this is the main character. While all the opponents are detailed and have some theme to them, the main guy you fight with it as basic as it comes and doesn't look good compared to the others. I would like to be able to maybe choose a character to fight with out of ones I have defeated, from a group of 5 or so characters or a editor option. Apart from that it is fine. The controls in the game are fine and use the touch screen very well. You tilt to move and tap to punch, swipe upwards to uppercut and sideways to round arm. Sometimes I found the uppercut and round arm to be a bit slow to respond and didn't use them much, but quite good.
The sound is everything I expected for a boxing game. It has cheering in the background by the crowd and comical hitting sounds when those hits connect with the opponent, or sometimes vice versa. I'm happy with the sound and will quite easily play this game with the sound turned on. I don't get to do that often.
The game got a heap better after the recent 2.0 update. There is now training, which is basically telling you how to play the game, and career mode. Career mode gives you four difficulty levels or fighters with 3 tiers on each level. So many fights must be won in a tier before the next one is unlocked and the last tier unlocks the next level. The matches get alot harder in the upper levels but don't be fooled by that, any person can be played at any time as just a quick match. It was a great way to turn two modes into one. The controls as said before are easier enough to get used to. Tap on the left or right side of the screen to punch with that hand, swipe to do special punches and hold two fingers to block. The objective of every match is to make the opponent lose all their health and either K.O by staying down for the 10 count, or by being knocked out three times. You have a stamina bar that stops you from running away from your opponent all day. Each match is quick and is easy to whip out while waiting for the bus or something similar.
This is a very entertaining game that packs alot of punch. With stats against individual players to try and get a good record and the many levels or competition, this game will last you a while. Great for a quick game session or to see if you can complete the whole game in one go. At the sale price of $0.99 I believe that this is the best boxing game for its price and is worth a look. Download the lite version first to see if it is the right game for you!
I would recommend this game if you enjoyed- Iron Fist Boxing
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