Wrestle Revolution Review: Watching Mobile Gaming History Unfold, One Update at a Time
Mat Dickie’s “Wrestling Revolution” may one day be the coolest iPad app on the planet, but for now it’ll have to suffice as a cool, work in progress. At the same time, it’s an interesting ride as Dickie continues to polish the game and add things with every update.
“Wrestling Revolution” is what you get when you’re a frustrated wrestling fan and have over a decade of programming experience. Featuring a roster of wrestlers from several different eras (changing their names of course), Dickie has created a game that real fans will at least try to appreciate. With cool cartoony graphics, it’s definitely reminiscent of the WWE’s arcade offerings over the years. With a host of different match types and wrestlers, there’s enough options to keep you busy. Even though the animations aren’t perfect yet either, you’ll have no problem telling what move your superstar is doing.
The control is still a definite work in progress however. It’s simple enough to move your character around the screen, but attempting grapple moves, finishers and pins is a bit more difficult than it should be. While there is a tutorial, perhaps some type of in-game instruction option would help those that just want to jump into the action.
As it stands now, the game is simple, straightforward and fun, but with all the options, it’s easy to see that it can and will be so much more.
The fact that this game was even created is cool. The fact that it works reasonably well is even cooler. But until it can be cleaned up, debugged and perfected, it’ll be just that: a nifty little distraction, instead of what it could be, the best handheld/tablet wrestler ever.
The possibility is one within Dickie’s reach and ultimately, it’ll be up to him to see how memorable “Wrestling Revolution” actually is.
Patrick Hickey Jr.
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