Tekken Mobile for Android finally available in the US
In early February, Bandai Namco launched Tekken Mobile for Android in the following regions: Eastern Europe, Latin America, Africa, South East Asia, and the Middle East. Two weeks later, Western Europe was added as well. The US and the rest of the world were supposed to get Tekken Mobile via Google Play on March 1, but Bandai Namco unleashed this fighting game two days sooner than scheduled, after all.
For those not familiar with Tekken Mobile yet, we should mention the cards system. Unlike other fighting games for mobile platforms, this title features a cards system. Each card represents special moves that can be combined to obtain special strikes. The list of consumable items includes loot boxes, resources to upgrade characters, and gems. All these can be acquired using real-world money, but if the player is not in a hurry, the game can be played for free (at a significantly reduced progress rate, of course).
To celebrate the 1.5 million pre-registrations for the title, Bandai Namco revealed a new mobile-exclusive character, Rodeo, that will be freely available for all players from March 1. In the month that passed since its debut on Google Play, Tekken Mobile gathered more than 47,000 user ratings and over one million downloads. Its current Google Play rating is 4.0 out of 5, and it looks like this score will go up in the future because many negative reviews were caused by the random crashes that were solved by the latest update.
All in all, this title is definitely worth checking out by those who enjoy fighting games on their mobile devices. The last thing that needs to be pointed out is that Tekken Mobile runs fine on Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 series processors, although the Google Play page mentions the Samsung Exynos 8890/Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 or higher as minimum requirements.