“ Manufacturer: Indiagames Ltd / Type: iPhone Game „
Bruce lee dragon warrior is a arcade style fighter , along the lines of tekken.
A very respectable 5 seconds to get into the app, bringing up a brown sandpaper coloured , flickering background with an iconic image of Bruce lee. Not pressing the start button will let you see a short fight before bringing you to the main menu.
Again the old style kung fu music and video plays in the background. The menu consists of Play, profile , settings , credits etc.
Going into play their is several different modes, these range from story and arcade to time attacks and survival, as well as a handy training ground.
3 save slots are given as well as 3 difficulties.
Starting in hong kong , 1958 , a brave Bruce lee takes up a challenge to fight when no one else dares. He then goes on to be taught the way of kung fu by a master. And so follows a bunch of fights leading to not very much except giving you new moves and enemies. This does a goodjob of teaching you how to play but the storyline isn't very thorough.
Select your fighter and conpete angainst all the characters you have unlocked.
Defeat your oppenent as quickly as possible in 60 seconds, this very exciting once your used to the combo's.
Select your fighter , scenery , rounds and time. And try to defeat your opponent , this is your bog standard fighting mode and has everything you could want.
In this mode you must beat as many opponents as possible before your health is finished, the health bar only replenishes slightly after every bout.
Hone your skills and learn kung fu against Shon lo, he doesn't fight back here so a great place to let out some anger.
The graphics are very good for a fighting game, my issue is more with the character design. Bruce lee looks a little like an american zombie when the cut scenes are played and for me this takes a little away. But apart from that the scenery is good.
The gameplay feels a little jumpy and rigid, the pad is only in 4 directions yet tries to do 360 movement and it just doesn't work as well. The buttons are split between punch and kick and their really doesn't feel like theirs the ability to make an impressive combo.
An intresting little drum beat plays through the menus and in the background of the fights. Characters make stereotypical kung fu esque noises as they fight , which adds a little light comedy to the game.
The games available on the appstore for £1.79, this feels a bit much and I think if it was in the 59p zone it may be worth a look.
A good effort but the lack of depth and design lets it down where other fighting games flourish.
"There is no weapon more deadly than the will."
Bruce Lee - a name synonymous with the rise in popularity in the martial arts world, a name so famous, that more than 30 years since his death people are still fascinated by the man, the myth, the legend. To that end it's no surprise that people are still trying to capitalise on his tremendous success and his legendary status that in 2010 people are still wanting more from the late, great Bruce Lee. Infact, Lee is so popular that he has now even been digitalised, in order to capture a new growing market - the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad users.
"A goal is not always meant to be reached, it often serves simply as something to aim at."
That's right, those masterminds at Apple have now made our favourite Chinese movie star accessible to all ages through the magic of the 'i'. The app is currently available from the app store and is priced at £1.79 - a little more than your average app, but I'm here to tell you why it's 100% worth the purchase. The app requires 84.7mb of your memory, which, like the price, is nothing substantial, but more than most apps require. Due to its relatively large memory capacity, you're unable to download this directly on your iPhone or iPod Touch, therefore you'll have to use your computer/laptop.
"I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times."
If you've ever played any sort of games console, well, ever, you'll no doubt have heard of the legendary Street Fighter series, or more recently the Tekken franchise. These fighting games have become the most popular of their kind and the key ingredients are of course simplicity, blended nicely with a dollop of infatuation, conveniently whisked with a smidge of good gameplay, all to create a successful fighting game. Bruce Lee: Dragon Warrior encapsulates all these things, but with one crucial upper hand on its opponents - it's got Bruce Lee in it for crying out loud!
"As you think, so shall you become."
Not only does the legend himself star in the game, of course with some appropriately placed subtitles (it wouldn't be the same without them would it?), this game actually follows a semi-coherent narrative. You begin in 1958, where an 18 year old, promising Kung Fu fighter that goes by the name 'Bruce Lee' has placed a bet on an open challenge that he can defeat the older, more experienced Shen Lo in a one on one, timed battle. Upon defeat and impressed with his skills, Shen Lo refers Lee onto his master for more intense one on one training. The master instantly sees potential in Lee and pushes him hard, entering him in tournaments all to hone the skills of the future legend...
"Knowledge will give you power, but character, respect."
So, there you have it, the premise summed up in one, easy to swallow chunk - well, you weren't expecting some complicated murder mystery were you? The premise is a simple one, but the important thing is, that this game actually has a premise, as the majority of fighting games follow a simple 'you're in my way, I'm going to kick you in the face until you fall down' routine - entertaining for a while, but lacking anything to aim for soon sucks the fun out of things. This game, has somewhat countered that issue. The only problem being, you're not entirely sure what you're supposed to aim for and how long the game will continue and after getting passed level 19, completing the exact same thing over and over the game can start to lose a bit of steam. However, that's not to say that this game isn't an enjoyable one. The narrative (weak as it is) keeps you vaguely interested to continue and the different game modes breath some much needed life into this game.
"If you always put limit on everything you do, physical or anything else. It will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them."
The Arcade mode, gives you a nice bit of variety and escapism from the somewhat tiresome story mode. The only problem is, to gain that variety you need to make your way through the storyline (as much, or as little as you want) in order to unlock certain fighters, otherwise you'll be stuck playing as Lee for the entirety of the game. There are around 20 different fighters to unlock along the way, giving you a much needed respite from all the Bruce Lee action. In the arcade mode you'd expect to be given the freedom to decide who you fight, the venue in which your fight will take place and the difficulty level for which your fight will undertake, however, shamefully the only bit of freedom you're given is the ability to decide who you wish to fight as. This makes the game a tad repetitive as the 'random selection' often seems to be just the opposite and out of all the fighters you unlock you'll always find yourself up against the same three or four which makes the game extremely lacklustre. Fortunately in the Time Attack mode you're given the option to choose who you fight and where you fight. You're also able to play around with the settings of how long you'd like the time attack to go on for, the number of rounds you fight and the difficulty levels. Other modes include Versus, which is basically just Time Attack without the time limit (rather pointless, if you ask me) and Survival Mode, which is a little more interesting. In this mode you select a player and a time limit, before going on to face a number of opponents simultaneously. This mode is the best of the lot if you're not interested in the storyline, as, even if you've only completed a small fraction of the storyline and not unlocked many fighters/locations, you're still able to play as various characters and in various locations, without needing to unlock them first.
"Our grand business is not to see what lies dimly at a distance, but to do what lies clearly at hand."
The training mode is the perfect way for you as Lee to hone your skills. You'll be placed against Shen Lo in the same location everytime and Shen Lo proceeds to stammer around the arena like a drunken football hooligan (this isn't for your benefit, this is his fighting stance!), while you punch and kick the holy hell out of him - a lot of fun, as you can imagine. In this mode Shen Lo doesn't fight back, bringing out your vindictive side, to beat up those defenceless morons around us! In this mode, if you hit the pause button a list of the usual options will appear (exit to menu, continue, blah blah blah), the only option really worth mentioning is the 'techniques' option. This takes you to a screen, in which you're shown which buttons to press to perform special attacks. This is where the game becomes strikingly similar to Tekken in that you need to press an array of directions in order to perform powerful attacks on your opponent. Also, during Story Mode you'll notice that you'll occasionally unlock new fighting moves for Lee to utilise. These are established by entering Training Mode and selecting Style Editor. This takes you through every fighting method you've unlocked and you're able to select the one that suits you best. This is an excellent option that helps you tremendously during Story Mode as the default fighting attacks that Lee is given are really quite pathetic. This, of course is all part of the game in that you're playing as a young Lee who must capitalise on his potential and fight his way through the ranks to become the martial arts master he was.
"Take no thought of who is right or wrong or who is better than. Be not for or against."
In terms of gameplay, Dragon Warrior comes up trumps. You control Lee using the directional pad which is almost invisible to the naked eye. It's situated at the bottom left of the screen and as you navigate it, it illuminates, although not so much to distract you from the gameplay itself. The directional pad is extremely easy to use and the touch screen of the iPhone really comes into its own with this superb game. Infact, gameplay on this game is as good as any console game I've played. You're able to navigate your player (primarily Lee) around each arena, using the gentlest of touches and instead of having to take your finger off one button in order to press another, you're able to slide your finger around the directional pad in one smooth motion. Control wise everything is kept very simple, using the directional pad you're able to perform attacks. You'll notice two buttons toward the right of the screen, one is to perform a punch, the other a kick. What type of punch or kick depends on you. There are four different punches and four different kicks in your arsenal and it's a good idea to integrate a variation into your technique, so not to become predictable to your opponent. Performing an array of punches and kicks is done by using the directional pad (or d-pad for short), pressing the up button on the d-pad and the punch button at the same time will perform a high punch, likewise pressing down will have the opposite affect, whereas the left and right buttons perform random attacks. The same goes for kicks. Blocking, a button that you'll undoubtedly need regardless of what difficultly mode you've chosen is done by pressing the left button on the d-pad and blocks all attacks if timed correctly. Using the 8 different attacks on your opponent is all well and good, however, if you want to add some real variety into your game you'll want to utilise the various techniques. Some of these you have at your disposal from the very start of the game, some become available once you unlock them in the Story Mode. However, either way you're going to want to use these as they're the most fun part of this game. Whilst in the training ground, you'll need to hit the pause button, before selecting 'command list' this will take you to an extensive list of all the different attacks you're able to perform on your opponent, ranging from the very basic to the advanced. They're all done by pressing a variation of directions on the d-pad before pressing your chosen attack (punch or kick). Some need a mere 3 buttons, whereas others require 6 or 7 so using the training ground is a great way of practising them. Of course, in the training ground everything is easy, as, you're basically fighting a punch bag. However, during proper fights these become rather difficult to perform and you'll have to time them just right because, one hit from your opponent will cancel out anything you've pressed and you'll be forced to start all over again. This can become very frustrating at times because it happens even on the easy mode, however, once you've mastered it, it gives you a lot of enjoyment and provides the game with some longevity.
"My will to do springs from the knowledge that I CAN DO. I'm only being natural, for there is no fear or doubt inside my mind."
The graphics let the game down somewhat, although you should be sure to remember that this is just an iPhone app and not a Playstation 3 or an Xbox 360 game, therefore the graphics are going to lack a bit of finesse. From afar the graphics look rather impressive though, with notable backdrops that really stand out throughout this game, infact the scenery is one of the most well thought-out things in the entire game. With stereotypical Chinese backdrops from beautiful wooden bridges, to pink trees and gorgeous buildings. The good thing is, it isn't just one steady backdrop that looks like the characters have just been stuck in front of a green screen, you actually get a 360 degree view of all the backdrops and you'll notice just how much detail has gone into them and it pays off in abundance, resulting in one of the most visually stunning games I've played in a long time. During fighting the characters look great, again, with a lot of detail clearly poured into making them, and the game in general look as realistic as possible. Shadows appear during the daytime backdrops and move fluidly with the character, whereas in the artificial light, shadows remain in close contact with the characters, making this game feel extremely realistic indeed and I was thoroughly impressed with just how much depth this game has gone into, after all, it is only a fighting game. Viewing the characters up close can be a little disheartening, given all the effort and detail you'll notice from afar, it takes you back to the days of the Playstation 2 with the simulated looking people. Fortunately this is a minor discrepancy which doesn't affect your enjoyment of the game in any shape or form. Sound wise, everything is kept rather simple, a Chinese inspired music piece runs continuously in the background, while the usual fighting noises are apparent here. If you've ever seen a Bruce Lee film you'll be aware of all the screeching sounds that he made during a fight and this game follows that trend tremendously, with Lee making his trademark noises, before, during and after fights. There is no dialogue in the game, understandably, so subtitles are used adequately, there is never much to read so if reading isn't your strength you're not going to be bombarded with subtitles. Just a few necessary lines here and there when Lee communicates with his master. The poignant quotes from Bruce Lee himself that appear on each loading screen really give the game some credibility and a touch of class and the Chinese influences shine through throughout this fantastically crafted game.
"Always be yourself. Express yourself. Have faith in yourself."
For a mere iPhone app, this game is simply sublime. Sure, there are a few minor flaws but these can be overlooked in favour of the beautiful backdrops, excellent gameplay and the chance to reminisce about a legend. For a game that surpasses the brilliance of Tekken this really is a must.
"You just wait. I'm going to be the biggest Chinese Star in the world."- Bruce Lee.