Batman: Arkham City Lockdown - Holy Bruised Knuckle Brawler, Batman!

By Bulent Yusuf on at

Tell your friends. Tell all your friends. The world's most famous pointy-eared psychotic has emerged from the shadows of the App Store, ready to dispense some two-fisted vigilante justice to the criminal underworld of Gotham City. One question, though. Have you ever danced with the devil in the pale moonlight?

How does it play?

Batman: Arkham City Lockdown is a prequel to Batman: Arkham City, one of the most critically and commercially lauded games of 2011. The good news is that Lockdown shares the same universe as its bigger, console-based sibling, so it has the exact same visual style, overarching storyline and characters.

However, technological limitations mean this version of the Dark Knight has been significantly scaled back. There's no detective mode, no swinging from the rooftops, and no silent takedowns. Instead, players get an Infinity Blade style brawler, where Batman moves through a series of one-on-one confrontations with a gallery of comic-book villains.

The fights are structured around three actions – punch, dodge and counter - with sweeping and tapping gestures by way of controls. Bat-gadgets can also be used to weaken enemies and keep you alive for longer. The further you progress, the more experience points you accumulate. When you "Level Up" you're awarded Waynetech points to spiff up your bat-abilities and bat-gadgets even more.

This is the fun part of the game, where you choose from a variety of different upgrades to give you the edge in combat. How about some electric taser gauntlets? Smoke pellets? Bat-swarm summons? All of them come in handy at different stages. In a separate area of the game, you can also make in-app purchases of batsuits that span different eras in Bat-history, like The Animated Series Batman or The Dark Knight Returns Batman.

Why do we like it?

Lockdown looks stunning, built with the same Unreal Engine technology as the other games in the series. It makes a great complement to Batman: Arkham City, filling out some of the background story and offering unlockable goodies like a tie-in comic book series which you can read on your iDevice.

As a gaming experience, however, it's designed to do one thing and one thing only; punch people's lights out. The only thing missing are the "BIFF", "BAM" and "KAPOW" sound effects. If that's all you're looking for in a Bat-game, then this should be plenty satisfying.


Batman Arkham City Lockdown is available now on the App Store, Universal £3.99p