Super KO Boxing 2 Review: Boxing Made Fun Again

Glu Mobile has brought some great games to the app store, and Super KO Boxing 2 is no exception.  Super KO Boxing 2 is full of personality, humor, and is just plain fun.  I can say without a doubt that it is the first boxing game I have really enjoyed playing on my iPod.  While other games such as Touch KO, Smack Boxing, Iron Fist Boxing, and Fists of Fury have tried to provide truly fun and unique boxing experience, they have not come close to the uniqueness found in and fun to be had with Super KO Boxing 2.  This is why we reviewed Touch KO as a Buy and Super KO Boxing 2 as a Must Have game!  By the way, I own and have played each of the games listed above, and Super KO Boxing 2 is by far my favorite.  If you are at all inclined to buy a boxing game for your iPhone or iPod Touch, then Super KO Boxing 2 is for you.


Art: Usually I list this like as ‘graphics,’ but with Super KO Boxing 2, it is more art than anything else.  Each of the characters, environments, and effects is so well designed and just…well, artistic that you can’t help but enjoy watching the game.  Super KO Boxing 2 is a good looking game all the way around.  Even the menus are well done!

Controls: I personally like the default controls, but the developers give you options between a few different control schemes.  Each control scheme is intuitive and works very well.  I couldn’t ask for a better control scheme than what is provided.  Even with a case added to my iPod, the hotspots are big enough for my thumbs to hit.  I find many games have hotspots that are just too small.  Not so with Super KO Boxing 2.

Personality: Super KO Boxing 2 is loaded with personality.  Each character is so different and fun that it keeps the game new and fresh all the time.  At times I found myself laughing out loud because a character was such a ridiculous stereotype (for example, 15 cent).  The moves also seem to match each characters style.  In addition, the background music for each fight matches the character perfectly.


Difficulty Balancing: Super KO Boxing 2 starts out ridiculously easy and then becomes something between hard and ridiculously hard.  I beat the first three matches without even knowing how to play.  Then I faced 15 cent who I almost beat the first time.  The first time that I actually got stuck was on the Chief.  It seems to me that the difficulty between the third, fourth, and fifth fights is very unbalanced.  I would like to see some of the harder fights made just a little easier and some of the easier fights made a little harder to make the game feel much more balanced.  Right now I am stuck on the Bigger Gip.  I am sure I can eventually get past him, but he is much more difficult for me to beat than any of the other characters thus far.

More Help Please: I wish there was more included in the help section.  Super KO Boxing 2 fails to tell the player everything.  For example, if you hit the opponents knockout number while they are recovering, it seems that you are more likely to get a knock out.  It tells you that this (hitting the number) helps you recover, but it never mentions it one way or the other for the opponent.  You will see what I mean when you play and have questions of your own.

Super KO Boxing 2 is the best boxing experience you can have on the app store.  The only reason I can find to pick one of the other boxing games over Super KO Boxing 2 is if you are looking for a more realistic game.  If you are looking for a fun and entertaining game, Super KO Boxing 2 is the best.  I especially liked the fact that Super KO Boxing 2 had me laughing as I met some of the characters.  Well done, Glu Mobile, well done!


Super KO Boxing 2 was developed by Glu Mobile, and I played through version 1.0 on my iPod 2G.  The price is $4.99.




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