The Dark Knight Rises App Review – Ditch Your PS3 or XBox

On July 23, 2012

App Type: Uncategorized

The Dark Knight Rises App Review – Ditch Your PS3 or XBox

Our rating:

By: Gameloft

Version #: 1.0.0

Date Released: 2012-07-19

Developer: Gameloft

Price: 6.99

User Rating:

At first glance, there seems to be a lot in common with the Amazing Spider-Man game recently released and this one.  Both are superhero games released by Gameloft and based on a movie.  They’re even the same price.  However, the Dark Knight Rises seems to take its mood and theme from another famous gaming series: the Batman games Arkham Asylum and Arkham City.  The result is just a little bit superior.

Where to begin?  The graphics and gaming for this particular app are superb.  It’s the sort of app that makes me wish I had an iPad with retina display.  The use of celebrity likenesses like Anne Hathaway are near-perfect.  The game does follow a lot of the plot of the movie so don’t play it until you’ve seen Dark Knight Rises in the theater or risk spoilers.

In fact, this is the game that tempts one to ditch the PS3 or XBox.  It’s proof that pretty soon we’ll be holding our video game library in the palm of our hand.  Granted, it’s not as impressive as the Arkham games on said consoles, but the fact that Gameloft got even a “lite” version of said games to work on iOS is a minor miracle and can only get better over time.

The only negative I’m not fond of is that you have to use real money to purchase further game points to get neat devices.  I never liked that aspect of iOS games although I know that in-app purchases allow for it.  Still, it’s a minor complaint.

For those wanting a sample version of the Batman Arkham games on their iOS, look no further.  The single purchase works on both iPhone and iPad.  Despite the relatively high price for an iOS game, it’s a bargain.

Quick Take


Would I Buy Again:Yes.

Learning Curve:Medium.

Who Is It For:Hard-core gamers looking to ditch their XBox or PS3

What I Like:A lot.

What I Don't Like:Nothing

Final Statement:I never liked in-app purchasing for upgrades, but that's just me..

Read the Developer's Notes:
The epic conclusion to filmmaker Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy arrives on iPhone and iPad in the exclusive video game inspired by the movie.
After being gone for eight years, Bruce Wayne gets back into action as Batman. Waiting for him are the mysterious Selina Kyle, and Bane, a lethal adversary on a crusade to tear apart Batman’s legacy piece by piece.
Meet all of Batman’s allies and regain your strength to protect Gotham City from Bane.
Become completely immersed in the story thanks to likenesses of all the movie’s main characters like Catwoman, Lucius Fox and Commissioner Gordon.
Dozens of missions plus random events will make you feel all the thrill of being a superhero. Deal with hostage situations, bomb squads, jailbreaks and car chases to prove that you’re the true protector of Gotham.
A thrilling fighting system that puts you right in the heart of the action thanks to many different moves and cinematic effects.
Collect items hidden within the city to unlock upgrades and new fighting skills for Batman.
Access Batman’s complete arsenal and learn how to take full advantage of each tool. Use the Grapnel to cross the city or to defeat foes, throw the Batarang to knock out your enemies or to hit a distant button; the possibilities are infinite.
When kicks and gadgets are of no use, The Dark Knight relies on his vehicles to get the job done. Drive the Bat-Pod for special vigilante missions or pilot The Bat for fast travel across the city.
Explore the entire city of Gotham and its different districts spread across a huge map and enjoy stunning graphics for total immersion in the dark universe of Batman.


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