Mortal Kombat X Mobile Review


If you are of a certain age, you may have grown up hearing “Fatality” as you popped tokens into a box at your local arcade or bowling alley. The Mortal Kombat franchise has appeared on countless devices over the years, and in 2015 it came to mobiles. While we didn’t get a true mobile port of Mortal Kombat X, we did get Mortal Kombat X mobile and we’re going to tell you if it’s worth your time or just another tie-in game.

Mortal Kombat X mobile was something that got fans excited from the jump, and while we knew it was a tie-in to the console game, we’ve seen some great ones over the past couple of years. The mobile version of Mortal Kombat X does come with a full cast of characters, and the graphics are pretty damned slick, but when it comes to the gameplay things take a turn for the worse.


There are scores of mobile fighting games in the app stores, and swiping with one or two digits is common in the genre. That isn’t the case for Mortal Kombat X mobile though as you simply need to tap the screen. There’s no real control or flow to things, just tapping and blocking along with the occasional special attack. It’s extremely simple and very accessible, but so simple that it’s going to irk true Mortal Kombat fans.


While the controls are incredibly watered down, the gore is not. Mortal Kombat X mobile is bloody and has fatalities like the console version, but you’ll have to play frequently to see the fatalities as they don’t come up all that often. Throw in the three character tag-team system found in the rest of WB’s fighting games, and you’ve just met Mortal Kombat X mobile.


Mortal Kombat X mobile is a freemium affair, so you will get hit with some IAP’s, but won’t need to spend money to play unless you choose to do so. The big draw of the game for most folks will be the unlockables, as you can unlock goodies for use in the console game by playing its mobile counterpart. In this area, Mortal Kombat X mobile succeeds as you’ll want to get everything you can for free to use on your console.

Mortal Kombat X mobile is a tricky game, but not due to the gameplay. It’s the type of game you really want to like as it’s “Mortal Kombat” but deep down you know it’s hardly worthy of the name. The concept behind the game is sound and the graphics are top-notch, but it just doesn’t measure up to other mobile fighting games when it comes to the gameplay. If you’re looking to give Mortal Kombat X mobile, you can pick it up for free on the App Store and Google Play.

Adam is a tech aficionado and Android enthusiast. When he's not checking out new tech, you can find him playing poker or binge-watching shows on Netflix.