You start off by hiring your first fighter and then training him. He can be trained in multiple fighting styles such as Jeet Kun Do, Karate, Kickboxing, Boxing, Muay Thai & Street Fighting.
Fight Team Rivals is a free game on iOS and as such it offers in-app purchases to move your training along faster. Everything in-game requires points or money to train, purchase or fight. So every time you train or upgrade, you will have to wait out the timer for your upgrade to be usable. This can range from 3 seconds to many hours. Of course, should you purchase a bundle of diamonds, you can use them to make instant upgrades etc.
I personally don’t like games that offer in-app purchases like this, but I do see how the marketplace has changed and this seems to be the pricing model that brings a happy medium to said marketplace. We get games for “free”, and developers make money by enticing us impatient people to buy.
That said, this is the only flaw I can see in this game. Upgrading your fighter and equipment is quite in-depth, but also simple and straightforward. Everything is self-explanatory in game which makes everything easy to use.
So once you have your fighter, he needs to start earning his keep. You can fight in “career” matches where you move to harder and harder opponents including 2v2 matches. You have Exhibition matches where you can fight random players’ fighters and you also have rivals’ matches. Rivals matches are where you can add a friends’ team to your rivals list and then arrange fights with them. It is a nice addition to game so you are not just constantly grinding up the career ladder.
You are rewarded for wins with money, training points or gems. Different fights earn you different types of rewards. The career fights generally just earn you money and/or gems while the other fights earn you small amounts of money alongside much needed training points.
As you progress, you will be able to higher different managers to give you points or cash boosts for each fight and you will be able to upgrade training facilities which earns you more and more cash and points as time passes by.
Now to the fight. The fighters are pixelated 8-bit sprites with generic movement. But surprisingly in this day and age where graphics seem to be king and gameplay is left behind (see: Infinite Warfare), you don’t even care about the 8-bit sprites. They actually add to the character of the game. Besides, you don’t actually fight, your fighter does all of that himself. You can only hope you have done all you can for him before he enters that ring. And before you do throw him in the ring, you can make you fighter aggressive, defensive or neutral prior to each fight. And believe me, it makes a difference to the outcome of the fight.
Another plus is that when you lose, you aren’t severely penalized. You may lose a couple team points or just need to recover your fighter. It is good to see the developers not getting to greedy here as there would have been opportunity to do so.
Fight Team Rivals is a great time killing game and also quite addictive. You will find yourself coming back to it time and time again. I have to say that spent a few bucks to help push my fighters through training, but I am an impatient bastard. The good thing is, if you have patience, you will have a fun free game.
One last thing, if you come across my team “EffYouUp”, please be nice :)
REVIEW: Fight Team Rivals (iOS)Written by Kurt Frohloff
After seeing Conor Mcgregor decimate Eddie Alvarez over the weekend at UFC 205, you may be thinking MMA isn’t for you. But... Maybe you could manage your MMA team instead? Well Fight Team Rivals allows you to do just that. Fight Team Rivals is an iOS game that puts you in the shoes of an MMA team manager.
- Review Score: 4.5 / 5.0
- Release Date: Out Now
- Platform: iOS
- Developer: Three Towers Games
- Publisher: Three Towers Games
- Genre: Fighting, Sports