Uncanny X-Men: Days of Future Past provides fun mutant action for story purists

Days of Future Past

Maybe you’ve just seen the latest X-Men film. A lot of people have, so odds are pretty good. And if it left you wanting to know more about the original Days of Future Past storyline, but tracking down the trade paperback and then, like, reading it sounds like a lot of work, here’s a game you’ll want to check out.

Uncanny X-Men: Days of Future Past by GlitchSoft
Category: iOS Games
Works With: iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch
Price: $2.99

Uncanny X-Men: Days of Future Past is out now for your favorite iOS device, and it aims to faithfully re-create the source material the way it originally appeared. This means that it’s the assassination of Senator Kelley that brings forth the robopocalypse (that character died in the first film, so he wasn’t available to die in the new one), and it’s Kitty Pryde, not Wolverine, who goes back in time to set things right.

Sure, you can play the whole game as Wolverine if you want, but if you’re a purist, you have a chance to do it “right.”

Uncanny X-Men: Days of Future Past provides fun mutant action for story purists

Days of Future Past is a 2D brawler that lets you play as a variety of mutant heroes. Each character has their own special abilities and powers, and you can upgrade everything by collecting the tanks of energy scattered throughout the levels.

The controls are straightforward, consisting of a virtual joystick and attack and jump buttons, and you can swipe different directions on the screen to unleash special attacks. It’s a cinch to play, and it’s really satisfying to work out combos. My favorite maneuver had Wolverine dashing at an enemy to hit him and then flipping up into the air before coming back down and hitting him again. You have an energy meter that limits you to only being fancy for short bursts, but it fills up quickly enough.

Once you unlock Wolverine’s healing ability, you have very little reason to play as anyone else.

While you have a bunch of characters to choose from, the game is slightly broken because once you unlock Wolverine’s healing ability, you have very little reason to play as anyone else. You’re welcome to try everyone out, however, and the game’s pretty nice about letting you switch characters mid-level if you realize you’ve made a mistake like choosing the way-too-slow Colossus.

But it’s a generally fun time and will give you a lot of content for your money. Completionists and super-nerds will want to replay levels to collect all the lore entries, comic covers, and costumes, but even if you don’t do any of that, you still have 23 levels’ worth of ass-kickery.

So it’s a pretty solid purchase, really.

Days of Future PastUncanny X-Men: Days of Future Past by GlitchSoft ($2.99)
The good: Lots of characters and replay value, nerd-service galore.
The bad: Loading screens everywhere and no real reason to play anyone but Wolverine.
The verdict: It’s a faithful and interactive adaptation of one of the most beloved comic-book story arcs of all time. And even if you’re not a fan, it’s a solid brawler with plenty to offer.
Buy from App Store – GlitchSoft

Cult of Mac rating: 5/5

  • San Diego Dave

    I just can’t get used to playing these sorts of traditional games on a touch screen. I hate touch “joypads”. I know, I probably sounds like the old guy who misses his blackberry because I hate touch keyboards. I just think gameplay is different, especially when you need to make quick, precise movements. If I make a typo while texting, Wolverine doesn’t die.

    I’ve bought games like SW: Force Unleashed and Lego Batman 2 on my Mac, and just use a USB controller and it works great. And obviously I can play Osmos or Angry Birds just fine on my iPhone. But I can’t spend $3 (or sometimes up to $10-15) for an iPhone or iPad game with this kind of traditional gameplay. Which is too bad, it looks awesome.

    • Evan Killham

      It helps if you play a couple hundred games for review. One tends to get used to it after that. :)

  • Fan

    Wish they’d make a proper PC game of this instead

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