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Published on March 26th, 2012 | by Chris Ramirez, Editor

In With the Old, Out With the New – Week 8

Here at GAMINGtruth.com, one thing we all love is retro games. Majority of the staff has their own personal collections of games and systems and play them often. We encourage our readers to step away from the new, just for a little bit, and go back to the games that made modern gaming possible. However, the GAMINGtruth staff understands how difficult that could be sometimes. Not everybody saved their older gaming consoles and, unless you score at a yard sale or thrift store, buying older consoles and games could be pricey.

However, developers have been re-releasing some of their classic games. This time, you could play on the go, anytime you want. No, it is not a Nintendo DS or a PlayStation Vita or PSP. Surprisingly, a number of these classic games can be played on iOS devices. Apple’s App Store has a number of retro games available at a cheaper price than you will find for the console version.

Ever week, GAMINGtruth.com will highlight one of these games no retro gamer, iOS device owner should not be without.

This week

Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3

Back in the early 90’s, arcades were filled with fighting game franchises. Whether it was the original Mortal Kombat, Street Fighter, Marvel VS. Capcom Series, or Tekken–the crowds around these arcade machines were filled with intense competition.

Each of these series that were mentioned released multiple titles throughout the 90s; however one title stood out from all the rest. One of the most recognized and popular is Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3.The Mortal Kombat series has always been one of the most popular games in the fighting genre but Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 perfected prior flaws.

The iOS version of Mortal Kombat 3 was far from a perfect port when it was first released on the Apple App Store. The game only had 13 characters, a very limited amount of levels, bad controls, and the live action characters had been replaced by 3D models. However, with some critical updates, EA has made the iOS version of Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 a worthy port.

The iOS version now has all 23 characters and all 16 stages. In addition, controls became smoother and players are now able to customize the button layout. Lastly, EA updated the game to support newer devices Retina display.

Despite taking away the live action character models, the iOS version of Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 is a great arcade port for those who want Fatalities and Babalities on the go. The game feels similar to its arcade’s big brother. Players have the options to have a classic arcade control scheme or simplified controls that make characters unique abilities to a one button push. Both control schemes can be useful. For hardcore fans and players, the classic arcade scheme will come natural. However, for causal gamers or if you want to play some quick fights or just want to pull off some easy Fatalities and Babalities–then the simplified control scheme is a nice addition to have.

Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 is an all-time classic fighter. Despite some drastic revisions to the iOS port of the game, the gameplay still feels similar to the arcade version of the game. EA fixed a broken app to please both causal gamers and hardcore fans of the Mortal Kombat series. Available for just $0.99 through the Apple App Store, UMK3 is a must have in your iOS retro game library.

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HI! I am fanatic of all things gaming from cabinet, cartridge, disc, to digital distribution. I am the Editor with an emphasis on family and indie games. I collect toys, figures, and Pops! and enjoy taking photos of my collection and more. Visit my Instagram @CheckPointChris. Subscribe on my Facebook under Chris Ramirez, follow me on Twitter and Twitch @CheckpointChris.

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