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Batman always saves the day in the nick of time. So it's a bit out of character for him to come to Android for a mobile tie-in to his latest high-profile PC and console game... a full nine months after the game came out. Which is, incidentally, nine months after the iOS version of the tie-in game was released. At this point, we're probably closer to the release of the next full Arkham game, Arkham Knight, expected early next year. That will be about four years after this kind of shoddy Android timetable was acceptable.


But enough whining about the release timing, let's whine about the gameplay. Despite the identical title, this is not an Android version of the console game that's already been released. No, it's a tap-and-swipe brawler in the vein of Infinity Blade, except it has Batman. (Even the APK name says "batmand.brawler.2013.") While the graphics are quite nice and serious Bat-fans will probably appreciate the various costumes available for the caped crusader, the combat basically boils down to beating up the same handful of thugs in a row before taking on one of the tougher bosses. Winning fights will earn you in-game currency for power upgrades, because apparently billionaire Bruce Wayne needs a monetary incentive to fight crime.

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Arkham Origins is free-to-play on Android, and it indulges in the usual trappings. Batman will lose "stamina" as he fights, forcing you to either sit around and wait while Gotham cries out for justice, or spend some in-game money for a quick shot of energy. (How does that work? Does the Dark Knight pop into Starbucks for a black or sometimes very very dark grey coffee?) Naturally, you can spend some of your money to give Batman some money, which again, just seems kind of odd. You'll need at least 1.6GB of free space to install Arkham Origins. A press release mentions an Amazon Appstore version, but it doesn't seem to be published yet.

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Batman just turned 75 years old. There's a sale on some essential Batman comics in the Play Store and elsewhere. Your time and your money would be much better spent there.

Michael Crider
Michael is a native Texan and a former graphic designer. He's been covering technology in general and Android in particular since 2011. His interests include folk music, football, science fiction, and salsa verde, in no particular order.

  • moehre

    The app description (at least the german one) mentions iOs all over the place. Fail.

  • Anthony Tyson

    Beyond tired of this Sh!t.

  • ProductFRED

    So basically they took Injustice, replaced everyone with Batman characters, and made it pay to win. At this point I don't even need a review. I just look for the IAP screenshots.

    • primalxconvoy

      That's usually what I do. Then I still reading and either post my complaints or just immediately leave the page. Life's too short to worry too much about iap's.

    • tintin.92

      I think they just took Arkham City Lockdown and put new costumes and villians.

  • Brice

    Works without network, a good time waster for the subway.

  • Adrien Baron

    "(How does that work? Does the Dark Knight pop into Starbucks for a black or sometimes very very dark grey coffee?)", loved the Lego Movie reference ;)

    • http://thegumshoe.com/ Michael Crider

      I'm so glad someone caught it.

      • http://eichefam.net/ Paul

        If no one else commented on it, I would have. :D

  • http://kevinmurphy.wordpress.com murph

    ahhh...that explains it. I too thought this was a tie-in for the NEXT Batman game, and was wondering how it flew into the store so under the radar.

  • jj

    a great time killer, a little repetitive but still got a little hooked, you can win WITHOUT payin, I haven't struggled earning any cash for anything, don't be fooled by the 'iap' crap

    • Irinel Loghin

      Great time killer ? Lol ... Didn't you got bored after around 30 mins of playing it ?
      It's exactly the same action On every level ...

  • remister

    I am still waiting for the Batman Origins GOTY edition.

  • http://usamaisawake.wordpress.com usamaisawake

    Actually thanks. Didn't have time to play the console version until last week. Finished it yesterday. This is perfect timing for this Android user.

  • Paarth Desai

    just loved the way the article has been penned down.. great work author...

  • Ghost

    Despite being late the game is actually pretty fun. Beat it without spending any money. You get enough just by playing and using the occasional boost. At first I was worried about IAP too. But you can unlock even the most expensive suits by playing and finding the various parts of the suit.

    • primalxconvoy

      No physical controller support. No interest from me.

      • Ghost

        Swipe fighting games never have controller support. And for this one it makes sense not to. After a play session you feel like you were part of the action. This isn't just simple button presses. They make you work for it.

  • Tony Blaha

    Step 1: Release game on Android nearly a year after it was released on iOS
    Step 2: Use resulting bad sales to justify practice of releasing on iOS first.
    Step 3: Repeat as necessary.

    • http://eichefam.net/ Paul

      Holy self-fulfilling prophecies, Batman!

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  • Suckers

    Good thing I pirated it on my ipad.

    • tintin.92

      is it paid on iOS? Cuz this says Free-to-play...

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  • Richard Markert

    It's not terrible (it is, in fact, quite enjoyable), but I can't understand why this game is 1.6gb. It doesn't look that great, and it doesn't seem to have enough content to justify the size.

  • Yosoyyo Yo

    Looks o some game.

  • A2theC

    So this isn't the Arkham origins blackgate edition?