Iron Man 3 is one of the biggest blockbusters of this summer and it’s no surprise there’s a videogame tie in accompanies it as well. This Android and iOS game comes with high expectations, but it unfortunately fails to deliver. Screenshots and videos look rather promising, but don’t be fooled, the actual gameplay is less than satisfactory. Read on for the Iron Man 3 Android Game Review!
The last few efforts from Gameloft in the movie tie in department weren’t affected by the movie tie in game curse. Both, The Amazing Spiderman and The Dark Knight Rises games we pretty good and ran well on all devices. It’s a pity that the Iron Man 3 Android Game doesn’t even come close to both of those games. On paper it sounds like fun, but actual gameplay is far from it. Gameloft’s Iron Man 3 is more of a cash in scheme than anything and comes off as a half baked attempt at a game.
So let’s start with the good stuff. First, it’s free to download, but again, that’s hardly the truth. Iron Man 3 is actually a “freemium” game. Even though there is no cost to download the game, you will eventually find yourself paying by buying in game items to progress. Second, it’s a good looking game. Even though are some framerate drops when the action gets heavy, everything looks quite good.
That’s where the good stuff ends though. Gameloft thought it was a good idea to make a badass tank like hero seem like paper and not use his abilities. Basically, the game is a perpetual flyer, and all you need to do is swipe left or right to dodge obstacles and tap or swipe to shoot. The whole game is just a collection of sequences where you swipe and click, think of it as Temple Run with guns. You don’t even really do both at once, thanks to the clunky controls. Boss fights are mildly entertaining but everything gets old really soon.
Oh another thing, after installation the game crashed a few times on my Nexus 7, not sure if this is an isolated issue or not. Another reason that the game feels rushed is that you’re suddenly dropped into a stage without much explanation or background. Actors from the movie have not provided their voices or likenesses for the game, so Robert Downey, Jr. fans, you’re out of luck.
So why all the hate for this game you ask? It’s because of the horrendous freemium model. Unlike other games where you can pretty much finish the game without spending anything, Iron Man 3 almost forces you to. You are required to constantly repair the suit, upgrade it and whatnot, all of which costs the ingame currency. Here’s the kicker, when you buy an upgrade with your hard earned currency, you’re required to wait 15 minutes in real time to use it. When you repair your suit, you have to go through a real life timer that can only be skipped by spending the currency. Literally everything forces you to wait, and if you don’t want to, you have to pay for it since you don’t have unlimited credits. Bummer.
The Iron Man 3 Android game had a lot of potential but unfortunately turned out to be a dud. You might be able to get an hour or two of fun from it, but eventually it just becomes an exercise in futility. Do let us know what you think of the game!
- Good looking
- Fun for a while
- Buggy and framerate drops
- Clunky controls
- Horrible freemium model
- Repetitive gameplay
- No proper story
- No RDJ!
CoolPCTips Rating – 2/10