One of the major downsides of many app games are the fact that you can only really play against the computer as an opponent. This is all well and good for a time, but there’s nothing like the thrill of beating a real person in a digital battle of skill. It’s a surefire method of extending your game’s playability and also helping to spread the word about your creation through that tried-and-tested form of publicity – word of mouth. The allure of pitting real people against each other is exactly what the developers of Swipe Fighter Heroes are banking on. It’s new, it’s loud, it’s brash and it’s out now on App Store and Google Play.

As you might’ve guessed from the title, Swipe Fighter Heroes is a fighting game, albeit one with a twist; instead of mashing buttons, as you would for a traditional beat ’em up, SFH has incorporated a pretty original mechanic into its gameplay; swiping. You swipe to perform punches, kicks and block, then occasionally ramp up into a number of more complex swipes which instigate special moves. It takes a bit of practice to nail the timing, especially for the block, but once you get hat hang of it, it proves to be an intuitive and addictive mechanic.

Like any fighting game worth its salt, SFH contains a number of customisable options. The main one of these is your character; you begin your adventure as a pretty plain generic fighter, but with a little bit of coinage from your victories, you can soon start playing as more exotic characters like vampires and ninjas. On top of that, there are all sorts of weapons that you can use to trounce your foe, including guns, shruikens, clubs, bats and samurai swords. All this adds up to a pretty in-depth fighting game with a load of customisable options to keep players coming back for more.

The tone of the game is cartoonish and fun (even if the rivalries you build up online will be anything but) and to reflect that sense of fun, the developers have recently launched a new update, which allows players to take control of either President Donald Trump or liberal-minded Anderson Cooper, and give the other a damn good thrashing. Inventive, fun little updates like these prove that the developers are here for the long haul, and that can only be a good thing; Swipe Fighter Heroes is one of the most addictive and engaging fighting games to appear on smartphones for a very long time.