A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Ease of Play
Matches are tap-based, with luck and timing being a player's two best friends. Timing is also involved when trying to kick out of pinning predicaments, with frantic tapping being less effective than a steady pace. Difficulty comes later as players wind up pitted against others with more experienced and powerful team rosters.
Violence & Scariness
The game is a recreation of pro wrestling sports entertainment, with characters fighting in the ring with different attacks that include punching, kicking, throwing, and jumping onto opponents. The violence is constant and part of the story, but it's never bloody or gory.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Many WWE stars perform in tight fitting and revealing outfits, with men fighting in essentially spandex underwear and boots; women occasionally have slightly revealing outfits of their own.
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Products & Purchases
The free-to-play model pushes players constantly to spend money on special offers in the shop or to participate in special partner offers, earning "free" in-game currency for watching ads, downloading other apps, and/or participating in other actions, all of which potentially add more expense. The game is also based on WWE programming and, as such, serves as a constant ad for WWE shows and stars.
Parents Need to Know
Is It Any Good?
One part soap opera, one part stunt show, the WWE has been the pinnacle of the sports entertainment genre for decades. WWE Universe attempts to bring the action and the showmanship of the WWE to mobile devices in a free-to-play gaming format. The gameplay is basic to the extreme, with players choosing between Light, Medium, and Heavy basic attacks, in a back and forth battle. The latter two of these moves do more damage but run the risk of getting blocked and countered, depending on the luck and level of your opponent. Basic movies build up momentum needed to attempt a Signature or Finishing move. Dishing out damage with these special moves or defending against them is a simple matter of timing and trying to stop a swinging meter in a sweet spot to have the best result.
It's monotonous, repetitive, and surprisingly bland. In fact, despite being labeled with all kinds of different names, all of the basic attacks have the exact same animations. It's head-scratchingly silly to have Roddy Piper go for a "Low Blow," only to see him punch an opponent in the head instead. It's even more disappointing considering it actually has a pretty good look overall and a huge roster of unique characters to work with. Adding to the disappointment is the insanely heavy push for in-game purchases. Opening a case earned in gameplay requires first scrolling though scores of special offers, and pop-up ads show up so frequently and at such odd times, you'll often find yourself having to back up and back out of potential accidental purchases. WWE Universe has the potential to be entertaining but unfortunately winds up down for the count, pinned to the mat under the weight of its shortcomings.
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