Thursday, 23 April 2015

I'm playing: Mortal Kombat X Mobile!

Been playing Mortal Kombat X Mobile for a week now.. Addictive stuff!




For those who have played the Injustice: Gods Among Us Mobile game, you would feel right at home with this game.


Similar to it's spiritual predecessor, my 'team' consists of 3 chosen cards/kards from my deck (kollection).


Sadly, you start off with 3 random goons instead of your favourite kombatants.

You will usually be pitted against 3 other cards, or occasionally 1 Boss Card.


You will then progress through mini-towers, with each tower consisting of several teams.


Like a lot of mobile games, you have a max no. of turns that you can use, which replenishes over time.


Each match earns you XP and koins.. XP earnt levels up your character kard as well as your account level.

In most battles (I don't know why it's most and not all. I think you must be connected to WBID or something like that), you get to choose an ally to help.

Using an ally in a battle earns you Alliance Points.

So.. Koins, Souls & Alliance Points are the different currencies you can earn in the game.

It can get a bit confusing what each of these currencies can purchase.

First let me explain what are the different cards in the game.

Looking at the 4 Tabs below..
Characters, Equipment, Support, Upgrades.

Characters
The different card characters in the game, split into 3 tiers;

Bronze - Only the goons are in this category. They only have 2 Special Moves.

Silver - Your various MK characters, they have 3 Special Moves.

Gold - More of the MK characters, mostly the same characters in different skins. 3rd Special Move is the X-ray move, so these are what you want. 

Equipment

Equipment cards can be worn by any character. There are 3 slots for each character; weapon, armour, ring.

For these 3 gear slots, they are several available cards. You can equip any character with any card, as long as it's for the right gear slot.

The cards aren't permanent so I can remove this Blood Stone Ring from my Scorpion and give it to Kotal Kahn in another battle.

Support

A bit similar to Equipment cards, but not entirely.

I don't need to equip these. They just stay in my collection and my cards reap the benefits.



However, these are specific to a character, so like the above card only affects D'Vorah characters.

Upgrades

There are several types of Upgrade cards..




Some that levels up Special Attack moves and some that levels up a character. 

I would suggest keeping these cards to level up later. The more you upgrade a character's level/special move, the more expensive it gets. So it will definitely be more worth upgrading from lvl 9 to 10 rather than from lvl 1 to 2.

Random Screenshot, I took that I'll use to move on to the next topic, which didn't turn out so random.

So how do you get these cards?

By purchasing packs of course.. I'll cover the ones that you can purchase with in-game currency..

The Koins, Souls & Alliance Points I mentioned before..

Alliance Points - Purchase Alliance Packs.

Alliance Packs give you 1 random card. So far, I remember only getting Upgrade & Low-tier character cards. Maybe with a bit of luck, you can get better cards. 

You will be able to purchase lots of these because every battle that you use an ally nets you 100 Alliance Points. So if you need help with Maths, that's 1 pack/5 fights. Save up those Upgrade cards and give your characters a boost when they are near their max!

Souls - Purchase Kombat Packs

You will love these! Kombat Packs are the best packs that you can purchase, netting you 1 Gold character. 

They are hard to earn however, being randomly given out when you level a character but keep a lookout for the daily missions. They are your best bet at earning extra souls. 

You can also purchase selected single cards for a higher price, if you don't like the randomness of the packs.

And if you are like me, going for the full kollection of cards.. you will need plenty of souls..

Some Kombat Pack Exclusive cards..

Souls are also used to refresh your character's energy bar so you can keep fighting but with how hard they are to earn, I would rather just wait for their energy to replenish.

Koins - Kard Packs & Everything else


Before you can get the Gold Tier cards, you will have to make do with the Silver cards, purchaseable at 30k koins/pack. The 2 random cards also gives a good chance at the Equipment & Support Cards, so don't hate these.


All Silver Tier character cards can also be purchaseable individually with coins. 






Individual Support Cards can also be purchased by Koins. So, we can purchase that elusive Support card missing for Scorpion.. 


No Equipment cards though. 


You can also use Koins to upgrade the various Special Moves. Definitely one of the most important currencies in the game.





Another random pic to break paragraph, which doesn't make sense considering Faction Wars are still not ready yet.

I like the fact that there are different currencies for the different tiers of cards. Gives me less of a headache on whether I should save or spend my koins. I can now safely use koins to upgrade my Gold cards, while not affecting my Souls tally for the Kombat Packs.

And while upgrading my Gold cards, I still have Alliance Points to purchase random cards with the Alliance Packs. It still isn't easy to earn enough for everything but I don't feel like I am back to 0, each time I spend some koins. Keeps me playing as well!

Of course, Of course! Microtransactions!!!



If you need more Koins or Souls..

Alright that I have shown you the cards (and how to spend your savings), let me show you Mortal Kombat!

Mostly 3v3 kombat.. Fighting is simple, you either attack or block..

Tap 3 times for a 3-attack combo.. (No 10 hit combos here) Or hold 2 fingers down to block.

As you fight, your power bar increases so you can use 1 of your special moves. All 3 bars need to be filled to use a Gold card's X-ray move.

Special moves come in different types.. some will require rapid taps to do more damage.. others will require timing to hit the right spot..

It's basic kombat, knowing when to attack and when to block does turn close fights in your favour. But if you are getting thrashed, it doesn't mean you are lousy, it just means you need better cards. Just keep playing to earn more currency and to level up your character. No real skill involved, so don't go thrashing your phone please..

Or you might want to buy some koins?


Some of the special battles allow you to perform fatalities as well..

What's left of Kano..
Shirai Ryu are dead, Scorpion! :O
Every now & then, you have Test Your Might challenges that make you look like a complete fool in public..

You only have 1 chance at this.. if you fail, there is no retry option so ignore the idiots staring and just rapid-tap your phone!

And Test Your Luck missions which is once per day.

Choose 1 and hope for the best!

There are more features coming soon for MKX Mobile..

You can choose your Faction already so don't resist the Brotherhood of Shadow's calling..

You won't have a choice once you're dead anyway.. ;)

Don't forget the cross-platform unlocks!



That's all from me.. think I have covered everything you need to know about MKX Mobile

For those going hardcore into this, here are a few tips you might want to consider.. Especially for the Raiden Challenge and whatever future challenges they throw at us..

- Don't focus only on the best 3 characters. Keep a well-rounded deck with strong cards from all 3 tiers. Look out for 'teams' like Special Forces, Martial Artists, Outworld etc..

If they follow a similar format to the Injustice Challenges, you will need a strong deck, rather than 3 ultimate characters. If you see the daily missions, they require objectives like "Win X fights using a team of at least 2 Outworld cards that you own.", "Win X fights with 2 Bonze Tier cards in your team". 

I'm predicting similar requirements for the Gold Card challenges only that the opponents will be much tougher. You wouldn't want to be caught out with weak cards when the Challenge hits.

- Save your Upgrade cards. As mentioned earlier, the higher your card's level is, the more XP it takes to level up. And the higher a Special Move's rank is, the more Koins it costs to upgrade it. So save the Upgrades for the later levels.

- Save some koins. We wouldn't know what the Challenge requires, so you might need to urgently purchase some extra cards that you are missing, so spare koins in your pouch might come in handy.

-Team Up!

Look at the top of the card, "Deadly Arts: +15% atack for martial artist teammates".

When level-ing up your other cards, team them up together to gain more benefits, making it easier and faster.

That's all I guess... Hope it was informative enough! Heard that the Android version has been just released so check that out Android users!
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