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Top 5 One-on-One Beat-'em-ups on iPad

Best ways to fight mano e mano on iPad

In the world of fighting games, there are two basic types. There's the scrolling beat-'em-up, and there's the one-on-one beat-'em-up.

The former is all about button-mashing, thug-bashing instant gratification. The latter tends to involve a far more nuanced, technical brand of scrapping. No health power-ups and nigh-on immortal protagonists here.

So if you prefer a little technique with your virtual thuggery, check out our list of the Top 5 one-on-one beat-'em-ups on iPad.

Round one, fight!

It might not have the brand recognition of Street Fighter, but for beat-'em-up enthusiasts the King of Fighters series matched Capcom's blow for blow through the '90s. As a kind of 'best-of' greatest hits package, The King of Fighters '98 was probably the pinnacle of the series - and this iOS conversion captures that magic admirably.
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This is how one-on-one beat-'em-ups used to play in the pre-Street Fighter years. Slow, exacting, technical, and extremely punishing. Karateka Classic requires the discipline of a black belt champion to master, but it's worth it.
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While this list is mostly populated by Japanese arcade heavyweights, Real Boxing stands its ground with an admirable simulation of real-life one-on-one pugilism. It looks and plays like a console game, with stunning 3D graphics and a highly tactical fighting system.
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Soulcalibur represented an unusual diversion from the usual 3D fighters around at the turn of the millennium. Here was a one-on-one beat-'em-up that gave its fighters weapons, and a hyper-kinetic thrust and parry control system to match. This iOS conversion does the series proud.
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As the name suggests, Street Fight X Tekken is a veritable one-on-one beat-'em-up supergroup, bringing together the distinct worlds of two of the genre's greatest players and joining them with an intuitive new virtual control system. It's one of the most considered iOS conversions out there.
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