WWE Mayhem Review

The WWE are a phenomenon of their own which produces characters that are larger than life. On TV anyhow. Gaming is another story. Often, WWE games are better than other wrestling games but there have been some mishaps lately, especially in the mobile world. I won’t mention WWE Tap Mania again but it is not exactly what I think of when I think WWE. Now, WWE Mayhem is another story. This is how a WWE game should be on mobile. It is over the top, it is loud, it is painful sometimes to watch. It is just like the weekly shows fans enjoy.

WWE Mayhem doesn’t pull punches. The action is fast and furious and sometimes just a little too wild. The camera pans around quickly, characters react to the taps on the screen fast, and it is almost hurtful to watch when a major move is performed.

What more could you want from a mobile WWE game?

Well, before we get to the good, let’s discuss some of the bad. First, this is basically WWE Immortals set in a ring and using more cartoon based character models. I see nothing wrong with this as the engine powering WWE Immortals, Mortal Kombat X (on mobile), Injustice 1 and 2 is a good engine. It works quite well for mobile gaming. I am not sure that WWE Mayhem is using that engine, but it certainly is using a very similar engine.

Don’t break it if it is working

Like I said, the action is fast and furious in WWE Mayhem. They certainly named this one right. Unlike the previous wrestling game to carry the Mayhem title, WCW Mayhem which was atrocious in case you are wondering, this mobile game is fun.

The engine here is quite deep when you play with it a bit. While the basic tap, swipe, and tap a special move that powered up in the bottom left corner stuff is there, there is a little more to it. You can counter special moves if you time it correctly. You can hit with hard attacks, light attacks, and you can block.

Hit the gym and beef up your superstar

If you are finding that you are losing more than you are winning, which sucks, then hit the gym and upgrade your character with your earnings and items from lootcases (yeah, WWE Mayhem has those).

Beefing up your characters is the key to success because winning matches is the only way to secure the big rewards.

Loading and loading

There is a bit of a loading problem with WWE Mayhem. Even on a speedy device like the Ascend XT2, there is a lot of staring at a loading screen going on. At least there are a couple of assorted designs for the loading screen.

 

Then, Now, Forever

The roster of available superstars is quite high here. Right now, I have a three-man team of Seth Rollins, AJ Styles, and Wolfpack Sting. From the screens I have seen other superstars to be expected in this game include Undertaker, The Rock, the Demon (Finn Balor), and many more.

I wonder if there will be more characters added in updates in the future? I hope so because the roster for WWE is often changing up with superstars being injured, retired, coming up from the indies, etc.

Probably the best wrestling game on mobile

Mobile is a tough platform to make an action game for. While many have tried, few have done it as well as WWE Mayhem has (or the Injustice style fighters). The problem is, they give up a lot of control to do this. You are not in as much control as you would be on, say, consoles. That sucks but it sometimes is a necessary evil. Having a ton of buttons onscreen is not the solution either, even though many games go that route as well.

The engine used here is limited in control, but it is handled so well. I still felt like I was doing something to affect the action in the ring rather than just being a manager watching the match. Now that would be cool, if someone remade those Microleague Wrestling games from the Commodore 64 days as a modern mobile game. I would play that if I could be Bobby Heenan and rebuilding the Heenan Family one member at a time, or play as Paul Heyman and rebuild ECW as a stable and take on all the WWE. Man, the fun that would be. Calling the shots, attempting to block and tip my wrestler off as to what to do next, fighting with them doing their own thing, etc.

Wrestling games can be fun on mobile

WWE Mayhem is fun. That is the bottom line. It doesn’t look as good as WWE Immortals, but it does a lot more regarding bringing players into the ring. There is commentary by Jerry “The King” Lawler that is good and on point unlike older wrestling games. I enjoyed it and will keep this one on my Ascend XT2 for a while to come, unlike WWE Tap Mania which is coming off as soon as I review it.

WWE Mayhem by Reliance Big Entertainment
Platform: Android (Ascend XT2 used for review) and iPhone
Genre: Tap, fighting, wrestling
In App Purchases: Yes, lootcases/loot crates and various others
Rated: E for Everyone on Google Play and 4+ on iTunes
Available now on Google Play and the iTunes App Store

Carl is a portable gamer (mainly PSP and Android) currently getting his butt handed to him in MIniclip’s Beast Quest on Android. Got a cool tip or inquiry about Gaming on Batteries? Contact Carl and he will be in touch ASAP.

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