Street Fighter IV Guile BlankaIf you are in your 30s, you may remember the popular arcade game “Street Fighter II.”  I remember literally watching hours of people playing the game. (I rarely played the game; I mostly sucked but I wanted to save money). And now, you can get the latest version of the game right on your iPhone with Street Fighter IV [iTunes link] for $9.99.

Immediately, hardcore SF fans will see that there are only eight characters to choose from.  In the normal SF IV game, there is a total of 19 playable characters.  SF IV Producer Takeshi Tazuka says there are less characters because of the limited amount of CPU memory in the iPhone, 256MB of RAM for the 3GS and 128MB for the 3G.

Otherwise, this game really kicks (no pun intended).  As far as onscreen controls go, this is one of the better ones.  If you didn’t like touch controls before, this will not change your mind but it is more than adequate.  Here’s a list of buttons: punch, kick, special attack and focus attack.  The touch joystick is on the left.  These are transparent on the screen and do cover up the players a little, but it hasn’t affected my enjoyment of the game.

I have a 3G and the game is so memory-intensive that I do experience crashes.  3GS and newer iPod Touch owners will probably do better.

For those who are new to the game, there is a dojo that will help you to learn the moves.  There is also a free-sparring mode and a training room mode to help you perfect your combos and special attacks.

Other features include Bluetooth support for iPhone head-to-head combat and the ability to save your best games.

I’d say at $9.99 this game is a steal.  Some may want to wait for a price drop, but SF fans should get this one immediately.

  • Alex

    I got this game the first day it came out and I absolutely love it! The controls aren’t bad at all. I have a 3GS and I don’t experience none of the crash you were talking about Clay. I guess is because of the whole memory thing you were talking about. I can’t wait to see what the new Tekken game is going to look like compare to this. I think this game has open the doors to more games from the past like Tekken, Mortal Kombat and all those fun filled games that we played in the 80’s and 90’s.

    Oh and for those born in the 90’s….don’t worry, they are coming out with Power Rangers and Pokemon games in the near future…so don’t feel left out in the conversation!

  • Street Fighter and Mortal Kombat were some of my favorite arcade games. Awesome Review.

  • P.

    i AGREE 100%
    well not the watching and not playing part i was playing all my little lunch money…
    anyway yeah i would say great game but now could there be a MK game like i would be happy with a MKII port…..that would be DOPE….

    Peace P.

  • If you can’t wait for Tekken, there is a similar game called “Blades Of Fury.” I got it last fall and I generally liked it. It’s easy to master. But, yes, I would be all over Tekken or Mortal Combat if it came out.

  • mrsleep

    I do remember Street Fighter, what I don’t remember it looking like complete ass.
    Way to go iPhone with it’s crappy hardware.

    Must really suck not having a keyboard as back up input for games like this.

  • Spazbite

    brought it but it keeps crashing strsight away any ideas??

  • Alex

    @ Spazbite… you happen to have a lot of apps running in the background using backgrounder? If so, it might be that you’re using up a lot of memory. If that doesn’t work, try to SSH into your iPhone and change the Properties’ Octal to 0775 and respring and see if that works!

    If not of that stuff works, email me at and we could continue on troubleshooting it via email so we don’t take up too much space in here.

  • Juan

    I really want to get this game since I spent countless hours playing this game in the early 90s. Luckily, the game was in the arcade of the movie theatre I worked at so I played for freeeeeee!

    anyways, i’ll wait until an update since I don’t like the reviews concerning incoming calls. But I will be getting it. $10 isn’t such a bad price considering the legacy of the game… woo!

  • apg313

    Where did u here about a pokemon game comming out for the iPhone???

  • Érico

    this a MUST HAVE for all sf fans no doubt! this is the best game on iphone so far and, i’m not saying that just because i’m a huge fan of the serie!! =)