If you’re into social “MMO” type games, the iPhone or iPod Touch are about as good a platform as you’ll find for your genre. Unfortunately, the kind of social games the App Store is awash with tend to be poorly-concealed clones of old staples like iMob, iMafia, iKnights, Vampires, Zombies and so on - barely more than re-skinnings of bug ridden leveling games based on little more than HTML layouts.
My Brute is not one of those games. As a well executed iPhone adaptation of the popular Flash arena fighting game, My Brute brings with it a level of polish and adorability not commonly found in many of its peers.
The concept is simple: You start a martial arts dojo, choose your main fighting style, and create between one and three fighters, or ‘brutes.’ Then you pit these against others and watch them fight with an ever increasing variety of weapons and perks.
The novel thing about My Brute is that there is no actual fighting involved - the skill is in choosing the right opponents based on your own statistics, then sit back and watch the fight play out. The more you win, the better your fighter gets.
This simple premise is greatly enhanced by the game’s social aspect, which entails recruiting pupils into your dojo as well as finding a master for yourself. Interestingly, both the master and pupil gain greatly from this union, encouraging more widespread use of the social networking features.
The game’s social side runs on top of the increasingly popular Feint social gaming platform, which requires no upfront registration and provides gamers with lobbies, chat, and the ability to find each other. If you’re a Facebook or Twitter user, you can also log in with your existing credentials.
In a nutshell, the ability to maintain a dojo full of deeply customisable - yet always adorable - little fighters and compete against your friends for the most powerful dojo makes My Brute well worth the £2.99 (UK App Store) price of admission.
Give it a try, and if you’re looking for a dojo, our Angry Kitteh Dojo will welcome you with open arms - just enter the master code IFDIGHFE and you’re good to go.
My Brute for the iPhone and iPod Touch can be found here [iTunes link].