‘Final Fight’ for iPhone

For those gamers who remember a time when Arnie wasn’t a politician, this app is unmissable. During the glory days of the video arcade – when taking your spare change down to Timezone gave you access to the games, graphics and awesomeness that your home console could never hope to emulate – ‘Final Fight’ was indisputably one of the longest lasting, most popular machines.

Now available for the iPhone is a perfect representation of the classic. All three characters are available, all the levels are recreated and all the bad guys are all represented – down to the infamous transvestite (when censors freaked at the idea of hitting a woman, Capcom claimed Poison was actually a man) and the Andre the Giant lookalike. Graphics, sound and gameplay are just as you old-timers remember. The only downside to this pocket pouch of nostalgia is the one-screen controls. Although you can move the joystick and buttons around to suit you, eventually you’re going to wind up with your character stuck behind the joystick while you struggle to get back into view.

For those born too late, ‘Final Fight’ is a side-scrolling beat-em-up building on the foundation of ‘Double Dragon’, a style recently celebrated with ‘Castle Crashers’ and ‘Scott Pilgrim vs The World’. At the time Capcom (now known for Street Fighter, Resident Evil and Devil May Cry franchises) were the undisputed masters of this genre. Mayor of Metro City, Mike Haggar, is fighting against crime. Local gangs respond by kidnapping his daughter, leaving Haggar to do the one thing any mayor would: rip off his shirt and hit the streets with his mad wrestling moves to get her back. Also playable is ninjitsu master Guy – the high speed fighter – and kickboxer Cody, hitting a balance between speed and strength.

Worth well downloading for a cheap, but by no means short, blast from the past.