The Contender: Fight of the Century

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Paul Semel, Common Sense Media
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All-ages arcade boxing game that's so simple it's dull.

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Ease of Play

Game uses simple touch controls, but is neither all that easy nor all that hard.

Violence & Scariness

Players punch other people but there's no blood or gore; it's all rather cartoony.

Sexy Stuff

Ads sometimes run between bouts.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Contender: Fight of the Century is arcade boxing game for iOS devices. Players use simple touch controls to punch opponents, as well as to get back up when knocked down or build up their strength between rounds. But because of the game's old school graphics, this has no blood or gore, or any other objectionable content. But the game does run ads between bouts sometimes. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared, and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.

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What's it about?

In THE CONTENDER: FIGHT OF THE CENTURY, you engage in a series of boxing matches that require you to move left or right and punch with your left and right hand. You also have to tap the screen repeatedly when you get knocked down as well as between rounds to restore your health. There's no story or plot behind the gameplay, it's just to see how quickly you can defeat opponents.

Is it any good?

While it has a certain easy appeal, this arcade boxing game is ultimately so simple that it becomes rather redundant and thus dull. In The Contender: Fight of the Century, you step into the ring as a boxer, even if it's one with freakishly long arms in a world where everyone's limbs allow them to reach across an entire boxing ring. Using two buttons to punch straight ahead, and two others to move left and right, you have to beat up your opponent, be they controlled by the computer or another player online. You also have to tap the screen repeatedly if you get knocked down, as well as between rounds to build up your strength.

The problem is that's all you do. You can't block or dance around or float like a butterfly and sting like a bee. Sure, you can use the left and right buttons to avoid being hit, and to hit your opponent in the face instead of in the glove. it's funny at first how everyone has super long arms like the boxers in the Nintendo game Arms. But even that game had more to it than this does. In fact, every boxing game ever released -- be it on mobile, console, or in an arcade -- gave virtual pugilists more to do. Which is why The Contender: Fight of the Century just leaves players punch drunk.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about violence in video games. Is the impact of the violence in The Contender: Fight of the Century affected by its old school graphics that eliminates blood and gore of any kind from the game? Does its cartoonish presentation affect how much fun you have with the game?

  • The Contender: Fight of the Century runs ads between bouts, but did that annoy you? Does it seem like a fair trade-off tfor a game to make you watch some ads when it's free?

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPad
  • Price: free with ads and microtransactions
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Release date: September 20, 2019
  • Category: Sports Games
  • Topics: Sports and Martial Arts
  • Size: 49.20 MB
  • Publisher: Frosty Pop
  • Version: 1.0.1
  • Minimum software requirements: Requires iOS 8.0 or later
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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