There was a time when mobile fighting games were all about compromise, the developer’s remit to dilute the versus brawler formula and retool it for the midcore market. Punches were always pulled, but that was before Shadow Fight 3 emerged from the shade.
Nekki’s all-punching, all-kicking powerhouse has revolutionised the genre on tablets and phones, bringing fight fans the closest thing they’ll find to an original brawler in the mould of a home console title on the app stores. One year on from the game’s initial release, it’s still churning out new content, and here are the main ways it has shaken up its category.

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