Generally favorable reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. Aug 1, 2011
    Graphically, the game is pretty incredible.
  2. Jul 13, 2011
    The roster of fighters is solid, the action is fast and responsive, and the game looks phenomenal. This is one game that's worth its premium price.
  3. CD-Action
    Aug 2, 2011
    A traditional 2D fighting game balanced in a way that's out of reach for the iOS competition. It's a pity it lacks multiplayer other than through Bluetooth and some more inventive game modes. [August 2011, p.74]
  4. Jul 31, 2011
    If i 002 is a preview of what's to come, then the The King of Fighters is making a comeback in style.
  5. Jul 25, 2011
    All the right ingredients for a fighting game come together beautifully to make for a hugely enjoyable game for both newcomers and the hardcore.
  6. Jul 20, 2011
    Solid visuals and quality controls collide in this awe inspiring battle for iOS supremacy.
  7. Jul 14, 2011
    The King of Fighters-i is indeed a wonderful surprise for all the beat'em-up fans out there. The touch controls work very well and have some "emergency solutions" that never make the experience frustrating, while the graphics are awesome, with a large number of very well done characters and stages. Too bad there's no online multiplayer, hopefully they'll bring it in a future update.
  8. Jul 13, 2011
    Although $8 is a bit steep, it's worth it for the impressive visuals, competent controls, and solid gameplay.
  9. games(TM)
    Sep 13, 2011
    Undoubtedly in the top bracket when it comes to mobile beat-'em-ups. [Issue#113, p.117]
  10. Jul 8, 2011
    Street Fighter IV is outmatched by King of Fighters-i in terms of depth and presentation, but the timid challenge and absence of online multiplayer prevent it from scoring a total KO. It's still arguably the best fighter on the iPhone, though.

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