Gameloft released The Dark Knight Rises last week for the BlackBerry Z10 and I’ve been playing it off and on since then with the intent to let you know if it is worth the $2.99 purchase. Great graphics, story, and voice acting are nicely juxtaposed with a huge file and long load times, both of which make this game a riddle even The Caped Crusader would have difficulty solving.

The Good

The Dark Knight Rises looks great. It has amazing graphics that look stunning on the Z10. It also has pretty solid voice acting and fairly easy to use controls.

There’s just the right amount of difficulty to keep you glued to the game for a good amount of time, but it’s not so hard that you want to throw your phone against the wall and never play again.

You play as Batman and the story is pretty much the same as in the feature film, with a few things thrown in here and there to make it playable. The game starts shortly after Selina Kyle has robbed Bruce Wayne’s fingerprints while disguised as a maid in his mansion. (If you haven’t seen the movie, seriously, what’s wrong with you? Go watch it!) Your first mission is to track her down and get information from her, all the while learning the controls of the game and defeating the obligatory henchmen along the way.

As you progress through the game, you receive weapons upgrades and vehicles, which is teased from the beginning. This promise helped me push through the more frustrating aspects of the game, which I’ll outline below, and was worth the wait.


The Bad

After purchasing the app I was amazed at how massive the file is. It’s just shy of a full gigabyte; 911.4 megabytes to be exact. That’s the biggest app I’ve ever downloaded, and it took no less than 20 minutes to download. Thankfully I was connected to a WiFi network at the time. Should you choose to purchase it, do the same and connect to WiFi.

Once I got the game downloaded, it took a bit long to load up for the first time. I cut it some slack because it was the initial run. However, every time after that, it took just as long. There were many times where I opened up the app to play a little, but had to close it once I got it up and running because my moments of spare time had passed.

The controls on the game are easy, but that’s after you get used to them. Had I not been playing it for the purposes of writing this review, I would have given up shortly after the first mission because I was annoyed with the controls. However, once I got past that steep learning curve I was able to continue with the game.

Did I mention it’s a huge file? Because of this I want to delete it. I feel like it’s taking up precious space on my phone, even though I have plenty of space left over. To make matters worse, I know I won’t be able to delete it until I finish it because if I do delete it before hand, I’ll feel as though I would have wasted the space for sure, not to mention the $3.00 it cost to purchase the app.


Final Thoughts

If you’re a fan of Batman and the Christopher Nolan trilogy, you’ll enjoy this game. However, there are more than enough reasons to pass and save the two bucks for a game that is overall more enjoyable.

Drop me a comment below and let me know if you’ve downloaded The Dark Knight Rises and what you think about it.