At first glance, there seems to be a lot in common with the Amazing Spider-Man game recently released and this one. Both are superhero games released by Gameloft and based on a movie. They’re even the same price. However, the Dark Knight Rises seems to take its mood and theme from another famous gaming series: the Batman games Arkham Asylum and Arkham City. The result is just a little bit superior.
Where to begin? The graphics and gaming for this particular app are superb. It’s the sort of app that makes me wish I had an iPad with retina display. The use of celebrity likenesses like Anne Hathaway are near-perfect. The game does follow a lot of the plot of the movie so don’t play it until you’ve seen Dark Knight Rises in the theater or risk spoilers.
In fact, this is the game that tempts one to ditch the PS3 or XBox. It’s proof that pretty soon we’ll be holding our video game library in the palm of our hand. Granted, it’s not as impressive as the Arkham games on said consoles, but the fact that Gameloft got even a “lite” version of said games to work on iOS is a minor miracle and can only get better over time.
The only negative I’m not fond of is that you have to use real money to purchase further game points to get neat devices. I never liked that aspect of iOS games although I know that in-app purchases allow for it. Still, it’s a minor complaint.
For those wanting a sample version of the Batman Arkham games on their iOS, look no further. The single purchase works on both iPhone and iPad. Despite the relatively high price for an iOS game, it’s a bargain.