Featured Game Review: Ultimate Stick Fight
If we’re really honest with ourselves, we all love fighting games. You can say you don’t all you want but, we know you’re lying. Not only do we love fighting games but, we love games that make us laugh, that force us to crack a smile as we play along. There’s power in video games to tell a deep story but, just as often there’s room for a few laughs and some tongue-in-cheek entertainment. All of that and more is exactly what Ultimate Stick Fight hope to bring to Android, read on to see if it can do all that and more.
Description: Ultimate Stick Fight is a side-scrolling beat-’em-up that will remind a lot of you of games of your youth. There are 40 stages and 8 unique environments with 3 levels of difficult and two different heroes to choose from. What’s more fun than playing as a kung-fu fighting stick man? Well, upgrading your abilities as you go through the game by earning coins from fights. Ultimate Stick Fight is an easy to pick-up and play title that will more than likely have you addicted if you’r.e not careful. Take a look at the video below to see if you like the look of the game.
How it Works: To start your adventure through the city streets, you’ll have to head on over to the Play Store and download the game. After that you can select which character you want to play as.
The two characters certainly look different but, there’s more to them than just their looks. Ryan is a more of a kung-fu king while Slash will jazz things up through the use of his sword and even gun attacks. I like to play as Ryan, as I’ve always been a fan of those oldschool kung-fu movies.. Of course, the story has to start somewhere and as is often the case, an evil has come to the city:
When you first start the game, you’ll be given help on how to move throughout the levels, and how to kick ass as well. The controls are simple to learn and intuitive once you get to grips with them:
When playing, you might find it odd that you can only move left to right, but this works extremely well on mobile and the smooth scrolling keeps the animation smooth and fluid. Combos play a big part in Ultimate Stick Fight, from simple combos such as P-P-P-P or P-K-P-K to more advance ones that do far more damage. These combos can be unlocked and upgraded as you progress as well, giving you the chance to mold the character to your liking.
Throughout the game, you’ll come across items that you can throw at groups of enemies:
These drop a lot of coins, coins are needed to upgrade your abilities as you progress through the levels.
In the top left of the display, you’ll see that there is a flame icon, when that fills up, you’ll be able to perform a large attack that will wipe out enemies nearby:
At the end of each level, you can use the coins collected while kicking ass to upgrade both your skills and your stats. It’s this part of the game that will allow you to create a fighter that suits your gameplay style, and really own the game.
Opinion: Ultimate Stick Fight is just a whole lot of fun, you’ll find yourself going through the levels, kicking ass with a grin on your face. It might seem like a basic game, because it is in many ways but, that’s a good thing. There’s nothing to get in your way, the control scheme is as complicated as it needs to be, no more, no less. It’s easy to get grips with and taking up and down movement out of the game is a great idea because it makes the combat far more accessible, and therefore more enjoyable. For me, Ultimate Stick Fight is a little taste of games like Streets of Rage, but with stick men.
- Speed (4/5) – Ultimate Stick Fight ran great on a number of devices, and the pacing is good.
- Features (4/5) – It might seem like there’s little on offer here but, if you delve a little deeper, you’ll be pleasantly surprised at what this has to offer.
- Theme (5/5) - How can you not smile when you’re kicking ass like Bruce Lee as a stick man? The game looks and feels great.
- Overall (4.5/5) – With accessible combat and a cool look, there’s not much stopping you enjoying yourself here. This is definitely a fun game, and well worth the meagre asking price.
- The control system is as complicated as its need to be, no more – and it works really well.
- With just side-to-side movement, the combat flows well.
- Ultimate Stick Fight has its own look and feel.
- Fans of beat-’em-up titles from back in the day are going to love this, so are newcomers.
- Some of the upgrades can be very costly.
- Those that don’t “get” the game might see this as repetitive.
Conclusion: Ultimate Stick Fight is a solid beat-’em-up title and I had a lot of fun playing through the game. There’s so much on offer here, perhaps not in terms of features but, in terms of replay value. For me, I can see myself playing through these levels over and over again, simply because it’s so gratifying to do so. The control system is a great example of doing just enough, there are no extra controls that aren’t going to be needed and being able to move just left and right works wonders for the combat. Speaking of which, the combos work well and the ability to upgrade these abilities adds even more replay value.