Review by Richard Walker
"A good game with some problems"
I am a vivid MK fan. But don't think for one second, this is a biased review just because I love Mortal Kombat. This game is has flaws, big ones at that, but one of the best codes in Mortal Kombat series IMO. Read on to find out.
The Graphics in this game are very choppy, and not well done. The sprites of the kombatants aren't great, but they're at least recognisable... kinda. The projectile splatter looks exactly the same for every character(Which is stupid, in reality if you get hit by a fireball, it doesn't have same effect as a lightning bolt... see how stupid that is). The backgrounds are recognisable, but really, really, really badly done. Especially Goro's Lair, which just looks like a brick wall and sand.
This is a big low in the game. Very few Game Boy games have good music, and Mortal Kombat expresses this. The music will get very, very, very, very, very, very annoying, very quickly. The background music sounds nothing like the arcade, which is very disappointing. The theme music actually does sound like the arcade, which is good, but not good enough to save it. Now we get to SFX, they're also very badly done. If you punch a character, it sounds like you've a block of balsa wood with a sledgehammer or something. Yes, that is bad.
This brings up the games rating! The Gameplay is execellent! There is only 1 mode in the game, but this is a basically good mode. It's a battle tower, you fight your way up. You fight the first five kombantants, the fights getting harder every battle(Natural in fighting games). Then you fight your worst enemy- yourself. It's a mirror match. After that, you play 3 endurances(Matches where you fight 2 people instead of one in one round), all three long and challenging. Then you finally face the fearsome sub boss, Goro! If your good enough to finsh him, then you fight the best- but IMO worst- kombantant in the game. Shang Tsung, who can morph into different characters, but is really easy. After all that, you can do the awesome Goro code- which as you have guessed will let you play as the magnificant Goro. The Game Boy version is the only version which will allow you to play as Goro!
The control of the game is a little worse though, so I'll bring it up. Say you want to perform Scorpion's spear. You'll have to input in at a certain speed to excute it. Once you get the hang of it though, it will become less frustrating.
Of course, you do have the traditional link up battles, where you may battle a friend with another cart. It's a little choppy, but it's better than most other link up fetaures on different games.
This is NOT a bad game. Despite it's many flaws, it is worth playing and getting a feel of the first Mortal Kombat game on Game Boy. The only game mode is one of the most simple yet effective mode on early Game Boy games, and is used in almost every fighting game, even today.
BUY, RENT, OR BURN?
You can't rent Game Boy games anymore, so it is obviously worth buying. That money you were gonna use to buy a large pizza for supper? Buy Mortal Kombat for Game Boy, even though it shouldn't even be worth the price of a pizza today!
Reviewer's Score: 7/10 | Originally Posted: 09/14/03, Updated 11/08/03
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