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Ease of Play
The game has two types of simple touch controls, as well as support for external controllers. It has three difficulty options: "Easy," "Normal," and "Hard." It's also as deep and complicated as the real sport.
Violence & Scariness
Players use their fists to beat people up, but the game's old school, arcade-like visuals prevent it from being grotesque. For instance, while there's blood splattered when someone's punched in the face, the "blood" is white and looks like small dots.
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Products & Purchases
The Premium Edition of the game, which is $2.99, adds two additional modes, as well as the option to customize the league and have up to 10 boxers in your line-up.
Parents Need to Know
Is It Any Good?
While this may look like an old school arcade boxing game, it actually has the kind of depth and detail you'd find in a modern simulation, and is all the better for it. In Prizefighters 2, you get to be a boxer working his way up the ranks, a manager working with new talent, or a promoter putting running their own boxing tournament. But while the pixelated visuals make this look like an arcade game from the '80s, winning fights requires more than just mashing buttons as fast as you can. Not only do you have to bob, weave, and even do some fancy footwork, you also have to keep your stamina in mind. That's for both your boxers and yourself -- you wouldn't think it, but three rounds of three minutes each can be exhausting.
But the game's depth goes well beyond the ring. Boxers can be customized in a lot of ways, with you deciding if you're better at body blows or head shots, or if you're more about speed or power. You also have to decide how to best train your pugilist between matches, choosing whether they should spend the day bench pressing (which improves their strength and weight), jumping rope (which improves speed and endurance), or doing some other training regimen to improve their skills and stats. Granted, this level of detail won't entertain casual boxing fans, or people looking for the next Super Punch Out!! -- especially when there's three weeks before your next bout and you have to spend all of it at the gym training. But for boxing video game fans looking for Fight Night on their phones and tablets, Prizefighters 2 is a technical knockout.
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