Real Steel

App review by
Chris Morris, Common Sense Media
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Movie tie-in a disappointing, by-the-numbers fighter.

Parents say

age 8+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 3 reviews

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Ease of Play

The game is a basic fighter, meaning button mashing is as good a way to learn the ropes as any other. Controls are sometimes unresponsive, though, which can be frustrating. 


Giant robots fight using a series of punches. When one is nearly disabled, the other can end the fight with a finishing move that can be brutal, such has a giant hammer knocking off an opponent's head. No harm is ever shown to humans, though. 


Occasional use of words like "hell."


The game exists solely as a tie-in to and promotional vehicle for the movie Real Steel. In addition, users can pay for expansion packs featuring other robots (including some seen in the film). 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Real Steel is a movie tie-in property that centers on a film about fighting robots. As in the Mortal Kombat games, the robots bash each other endlessly until one runs out of health and falls. Also like that fighter, the robots also have brutal finishing moves, but there's no blood (naturally). Users can share high scores via Open Feint and Game Center, but participation is optional.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bya_badwy December 24, 2018
Kid, 12 years old August 3, 2013

Worst game EVER

The game is disappointing. It's hard to get used to the controls and to top it off the graphics are not so good. And you start off with 6 robots. Then you... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byOfficial Critic June 5, 2012

Disappointing adaptation of the movie

GAME INFO: An disappointing game adaptation of the movie. The controls are pretty hard to use. Not very addictive as well. VIOLENCE: Low-Medium. Lots of robot f... Continue reading

Is it any good?

In theory, the idea of giant robots whaling on each other is a good one. In practice, though, it falls short -- at least in REAL STEEL. The moves are too similar among the robots and the action is less fluid than you would expect from a game that borrows so liberally from Mortal Kombat. The result is a generic fighting game with a few so-so bells and whistles that fail to cover up its weaknesses. 

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