The KING OF FIGHTERS-i

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The KING OF FIGHTERS-i

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Release Date: Jul 7, 2011

Buy it! 56 % - Rent it! 22 % - Flush it! 22 %

From art direction to gameplay, THE KING OF FIGHTERS-i brings the complete KOF experience to the iOS platform. The gorgeous graphics of the world-famous fighting series have been faithfully recreated, taking full advantage of the latest Apple hardware. The use of the Virtual Pad/Joystick perfectly reproduces KOF's controls, creating asimple, user-friendly play-style to easily perform special moves and combinations.

Four modes of gameplay! Compatible with Game Center!
"KOF-i" features four game modes: "Team Battle" for classic KOF 3-on-3 battles, "Single Battle" for 1-on-1 fights, "Endless" mode for an endurance challenge with just one life, and "Training" mode where players can  practice the Virtual Pad-based controls and learn combos. In addition, "KOF-i" is compatible with Game Center, allowing players to share and compare their game completion level, rankings and achievements with friends and players from around the world.

14 legendary fighters battle for glory!
The formidable roster of "KOF-i" features 14 classic characters, including Kyo Kusanagi, K' and Ash Crimson. "KOF-i" also sees the return of Billy Kane, who enters the tournament for the first time since "KOF 2003"!

Challenge friends and trade your data anytime, anywhere!
Players can do battle with friends in local wireless play via Bluetooth. Players can also exchange trading cards, view another player's "My Card" (gamer profile cards), and send and receive versus battle replay data for even more interaction!

Unlock trading cards, illustrations and other bonus content!
Various bonus content can be unlocked during gameplay and viewed within the game's "Gallery" mode. Here players will find premium trading cards based on original SNK PLAYMORE illustrations, various art and rough sketches of KOF characters, KOF Team novel stories from the upcoming THE KING OF FIGHTERS XIII and many more hidden treasures that fans can't afford to miss! Bonus content can also be traded at any time via thein-game marketplace.

Free additional content coming in October 2011! Up to 20 characters!
Extra characters and exclusive background stages will be available to download in the near future for even more intense battles!


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Official Video - http://www.youtube.com/user/snkplaymoreGame

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The King of Fighter-i

Available through iTunes $7.99

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KOF-i is the iPhone version of the popular fighting franchise. How do the controls hold up on the touch screen?

Let me start off by saying that KOF-i looks great on the small screen, and the personality of it's big brother definitely carries over. The characters all talk to each other before each round (via skippable text dialog boxes) and talk shit, like making fun of Mai's outfit. That's good news for fans of the series. What's not so good news, is that playing a stick and button fighter on the touch-screen iPhone is not a pleasant experience. There are two major problems with playing this way. First, your fingers obscure part of the screen. Admittedly, I've got pretty giant hands so this may be a bigger problem for me than most, but it's still a bit of bummer. Second, since the stick is virtual, there's no feel for when you get to the end of its motion, and if your thumb strays too far outside of the joystick area of the screen, the stick snaps back to a neutral position.

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I would have loved to see some innovation in this aspect of the game, perhaps detecting that your finger was still on the screen above or to the side of the stick would keep it locked to that side, or some vibration when you hit the edge, anything really. What we get instead is a prompt to "perform 3 jumps" or 3 rolls or a 3 hit combo. WooHoo!

There are a few game modes, a one-on-one arcade mode and a three-on-three arcade mode, plus a bluetooth vs mode if you have a buddy with the game too. This doesn't work as well as a DS or PSP which use wifi, as bluetooth has a very limited range (they'd have to be right next to you basically) so there's little hope at finding a random match even at a fighting games convention such as EVO (I tried).

KOF-i team order

You can perform specials the old fashioned way, or you can just hold a direction on the stick and press the virtual "S" button. Supers are performed by tapping the super-meter bar at the top of the screen, this causes you to move your fingers from the virtual buttons and with no tactile feedback, can be hit-or miss. Similarly, to perform the level 3 moves you tap your characters face next to the life bar. Trying to mix these into a combo or perform a max cancel is therefore, not that easy.

KOF-i is available on the iTunes App Store for $7.99. It's a fun diversion, and if you're a huge KOF fan with an iPhone, you probably already have it. For everyone else, there are better games priced at 99 cents for the iPhone, so I can't recommend a buy on this. If it every goes on sale for 99 cents, you might want to pick it up, or better yet, wait for KOF XIII on the consoles.

Verdict: Rent It

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The King of Fighters-i Coming to iPhone!

By: blazemanx Jul 6, 2011 | 3 Comments

KOF is headed to the iphone!

Today, SNK Playmore revealed The King of Fighters-i for the iPhone. The game has at least 14 characters from KOF XIII, including console exclusive, Billy Kane. Other features include Bluetooth for local wireless play, trading card mode, several iPhone exclusive stages, 3 on 3 team battle, 1 on 1 single battle, endless survival mode, and training mode.

Now i don't own a iphone and never even seen one in person so i don't know what its capable of. That being said im very impressed that it can put out the slick kof 13 style graphics and can handle plenty of modes and stuff like that. If i had a iphone this would be a must buy seeing as how i love kof. Any iphone owners out there? What do you guys think? Let us know and don't be a jimmy.

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