Skullgirls take the fight to mobile devices

Published On June 6, 2017 | By Kirk Hiner | iPhone/iPad

Wonder Woman is now in theaters, and critics/fans everywhere are touting the character as a role model for girls and women because she beats people up, as far as I can tell. If that’s how you select your role models, you may want to take a look at Skullgirls for iOS.


The Skullgirls franchise has been around since 2012, when the 2D fighting game from Reverge Labs debuted on the PlayStation Network and Xbox Live Arcade. The mobile version—which went live in the App Store on May 25th—was developed by Hidden Variable Studios, published by Autumn Games, and distributed by social platform giant LINE. Fans of the original need not worry that the iOS/Android version was tackled by a different developer.

“For the last three years, the team at Hidden Variable have brought the same passion and dedication to ensuring that we do this game justice on mobile,” said Charley Price, co-founder and creative director of Hidden Variable. “What we’ve built captures the tactical depth and creativity that separates forgettable fighting games from great fighting games. That said, Skullgirls is still accessible for folks who are new to the genre or who no longer have the hours of training that traditional fighters often require. Mobile players deserve a true fighting game experience. We are excited to give it to them.”

And they give it to you with unique, colorful characters to collect, upgrade, and customize as you search for the mysterious SKULLGIRL.

With thousands of frames of carefully hand-drawn 2D animation, “Skullgirls” delivers one of the most visually polished games on mobile today. It features team and deck-building mechanics familiar to RPG players, in addition to custom controls designed specifically for mobile that allow players to effortlessly execute a wide variety of amazing moves and combos with a single tap or swipe. Newer players to the fighting game genre can choose the Fight Assist mode for taking on a more turn-based, tactical combat role, whereas dedicated fans will appreciate the deep tactical choices and opportunities for creative combos, juggles and more. 

At the heart of “Skullgirls” is a full RPG progression system that allows players to collect and customize from a growing list of characters, unlock, upgrade and equip special moves and blockbusters, and to build teams of up to three Fighters for creating the best combinations.

Skullgirls for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch features a brand new supernatural noir Story mode in which players must brave the bright lights and back alleys of New Meridian in search of the Skullgirl before she destroys the world as we know it. Other features include:

  • daily events and prize fights against other players to unlock new fighters,
  • and a dedicated training mode to practice combos, try different team combinations and perfect one’s technique.

Skullgirls for iOS is available now for free (with IAPs) in the iTunes App Store.

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is greatly looking forward to the day when he no longer cares about Apple, games, and gaming technology. But right now he does, and he loves to talk about them, just as he's been doing on the web since 1998. He can otherwise be spotted as that one guy in Ohio wearing a Minnesota North Stars hockey sweater. Kirk has a wife and three kids, and is a generally happy fellow.