Street Fighter IV
By Mark Raby,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Fantastical, over-the-top cartoon fighting, but no blood.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Ease of Play
The learning curve in this game is typical for the fighting genre. That is, it is easy to pick up and play, since basic punching and kicking moves require simple button presses. However, mastering the more difficult combos is a feat that players can work on indefinitely. Computer opponents gradually increase in difficulty, and for most players it is possible to run through the single-player mode with only a modest amount of work and skill.
Violence & Scariness
As a fighting game, the content in this title is almost exclusively violent. Players engage in one-on-one battles against the familiar collection of characters from the Street Fighter video game franchise. They punch and kick, use magic, and do combo moves. Additionally, some of the combo attacks are presented in slow motion with close-up camera effects. These are fantastical and over-the-top, but do glorify the combat. Because the graphical fidelity of the iPhone is less than video game
consoles, the impact is lessened somewhat in this version. And it's easier to divorce what happens here with violence in real life thanks to the onslaught of colorful effects, cartoon-style visuals, and special superhuman attacks.
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Products & Purchases
In addition to the standard app price, players are encouraged to download additional content for an extra fee. There is a menu within the game to access and purchase this in-app content.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Street Figher IV is a fantastical fighting game focused on one-on-one skirmishes. Players can compete against computer opponents or against other people in the same area over a Bluetooth connection. While the fighters are humans, many of them have inhuman characteristics, and all are able to perform magical, colorful attacks that prevent any sort of gritty appearance. Because the game focuses on combo attacks and skill, it ends up feeling more like a competition of strategy and reflexes than a rampage of senseless violence. That said, however, the game is comprised of nothing but beating up people. Users can share high scores via the Game Center social network, but participation is strictly optional.
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Is It Any Good?
STREET FIGHTER IV falls short of its console counterparts because of the lack of physical buttons. Fighting games rely on series of complex button sequences and combo attacks to captivate the players, but that becomes increasingly difficult when there is no real joystick or game pad. All of the controls are mapped on the screen, which is manageable but at times uncomfortable. Players who just want to punch and kick relentlessly will find the controls acceptable, but hardcore gamers may be better off relying on other versions of the game.
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
- Release date: March 23, 2011
- Category: Arcade Games
- Publisher: CAPCOM
- Version: 1.00.07
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 3.0 or later
- Last updated: August 22, 2016
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