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Whenever I think of X-Men, the first thing that comes to mind is the epic intro sequence for the animated series. (Seriously, go look it up if you've forgotten about it.) The second thing that comes to mind are the endless quarters I spent at the skating rink playing the X-Men arcade game with three of my less athletically-inclined friends. Having known an official X-Men port was in the Market, I finally took the plunge and tried it out.

Diving right into the gameplay, it's just as good as I remember it, sans physical joystick and arcade buttons. The replacements for those are all virtual, as you'd expect, and are prominently displayed on the bottom-left and right corners of the screen. I've heard some people complain the buttons are too close together on the phone version, but I didn't experience that and I definitely didn't see that issue on a tablet.

Performance-wise, the game performs well. Period. It's an old 1992 game, so it should run well, and it does. The cheesy opening video goes quickly, there weren't any force closes, and not one framerate skip or stutter to speak of. Simply put, it's just as good as the arcade version, except this one fits in your pocket (or backpack).

My only complaint is that the virtual joystick isn't quite as responsive as I'd like it to be, which caused me to get straight pwned a couple of times. I only really saw the issue when needing to do a quick 180, but still, when Sentinels are coming down on you from all sides, you need cat-like reflexes to put them in their place.

X-Men does support four-player multiplayer, as long as all the players are on the same Wifi network, so yes, you can relive your glory days all over again.

X-Men is 99 cents in the Android Market. Download links are after the break.


Reader comments

Android Game Review: X-Men


I play this at least once a week! It really does make me remember being a kid, hanging out in the arcade with buddies before seeing a movie and then walking around the mall looking at girls. They replaced it a long time ago with some teenybopper store, but this app keeps those time alive!

Insta buy! My four year old daughter and I just got done watching the whole X-men series on Netflix. This will be a nice little surprise for her when I get home. She loves X-men. Were watching X-men Evolution which is not nearly as good but I'm excited she's away from Barbie movies.

Brings back so many good and bad memories LOL. I can see that the video clip of the game is on a Tablet but when I go to the Market, it's not compatible with the Xoom but okay on the DroidX?!?!

When I downloaded this a few weeks ago I initially noticed the buggy joystick controls. Needs
to be addressed. Cool port. Good memories

Wow, this was one of my favourite games when I was a kid, and now I can play it all over again, having just bought it!

They REALLY need to add support for the physical gaming buttons on the Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY ("PlayStation phone"), however...

Well, crap. I really wanted to like this. I really did. I spent way too many quarters on this game in the arcade. And I spent way too much on it for my Evo 3D. Sadly, it's not worth the $0.99. The controls are horrible-- the direction pad is too small and all the keys are unresponsive. The attack and special power keys are too close-- it's way too easy to accidentally trigger the special power. The game seems laggy, but maybe that's because of the lousy controls.

Other problems: The opening splash screens are way too long. Ok, let's see the 4 or 5 different groups that contributed in some way on first play. We don't need to be forced to see every bloody one of them every time.

Please, save your money. This is a spectacular waste.