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Robo Army, the 1991 beat-em-up action game, launches onto mobile courtesy of the ACA NeoGeo collection

Robo Army, the 1991 beat-em-up action game, launches onto mobile courtesy of the ACA NeoGeo collection

Once again, we’ve got another fresh new ACA NeoGeo library addition, courtesy of SNK and Hamster. This time around, the classic getting ported over to mobile is the 1991 beat-em-up Robo Army. This release follows the recent additions of games like Fatal Fury and Burning Fight, some retro 2D beat-em-ups and fighting games that developed somewhat of a cult fan base way back in the day, and have now been modernized for their mobile ports.

Robo Army is quite adjacent to Fatal Fury and involves some relatively standard beat-em-up style gameplay. You know the drill, you’ll choose a character from the game’s roster and walk from one side of the screen to the other while beating the absolute snot out of some goons. It’s a simple pleasure, but fans of the genre always want more, and Robo Army is happy to supply.

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What is different about this particular one is the setting. Where Fatal Fury has a very modern setting and Burning Fight rocks that Kung-Fu movie aesthetic, Robo Army instead takes us to the distant future, having you do battle against an army of mechanical androids hell-bent on ruining your day. Of course, you’ve got some augmentations of your own and will be utilizing your steel fists to plant directly into their thick metal skulls while picking up power-ups. You can even have a buddy come join the brawl if you so desire, as these ACA NeoGeo ports all support local 2-player as well.

As is the case for these releases, there’s an abundance of more modern features that will make the retro experience a bit smoother for those of us who didn’t grow up playing the old-school consoles. These include things like save states, controller support, and the ability to bind your buttons as you see fit as well.

So, if you’re looking to dip your toes into the classic action, you can find Robo Army for only $3.99 on Google Play and the App Store.

Looking to throw some more punches with hordes of goons? Check out our Top 25 best fighting games for iOS!