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First started in late 2007, Kasey's Mobile Game Review (then just a regular feature of Kasey's Korner) started as a simul-post between here and IGN. Later I realized there's no reason to post it twice, when I can use the traffic on my own site. so, here we are, in 2010, and the mobile game industry has grown a bit. What do you think?

Mobile Game Review of "The Dark Knight Movie Game"

The Dark Knight grossed the largest revenue ever for superhero movie, as Batman battles Joker for Gotham city. Is the game any good? It's okay, but not much more.

Basicaly, you are following the movie's general plot... Batman is chasing down Liu, the moneyman for the mob, mainly by moving around this 2D level, punching and kicking goons (and blocking), often ambushing, and basically removing goons until you arrive at end of stage or the specified location. You can glide with your batwing, climb using your skyhook, and swing with your skyhook. And that's about it. Really.

The "coolest" move in the game is revealed about midgame. You can use the Batarang to blow out the light over the door, then you can move to the door and hide in the door. If a goon comes to the door, you'll come out and do an insta-kill.

Different goons are armed differently. Some are good in defense and you have to let them hit you (but you blocked), then they go into "fear" stance, then you can beat them up. Others can be taken down straight, yet others require yet other combinations. Still, the best way is to come up BEHIND the goon, then you get to perform insta-kill again. You can do this by going to higher level and glide in behind them, or approach from below, then skyhook up behind them.

The levels are fun, but not well 'guided' as you aren't always sure which way to go. Esp. on the levels where you must find the bombs or gas canisters. One of the levels had me exploring left and right and up and down, and only found the exit by accident.

Joker is pretty much the only "boss", and you get to fight him TWICE... at least not one right after the other.

The graphics are decent, but nothing outstanding. The extra screen real-estate on the LG VX9900 enV was well used, as the levels look okay in general. It's combat that can wear you down as you try different combinations of attacks and blocks that will actually damage your opponent.

All in all, the game is okay, competent, but not much more. It feels Batman-ish, but not enough, and you don't get to play with any of the Batman's famous vehicles such as the Batcycle and Batmobile. Argh!

Rating: 7.0 out of 10
Pros: Game feels Batman-ish, follows movie
Cons: Not enough Bat-toys to play with, feels more "Gotham Street of Rage" than Batman

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