The upcoming Mortal Kombat game from NetherRealm Studios has a 300 floor challenge tower to complete. In a way, the challenge tower is like Mortal Kombat’s tutorial mode. In one mission I played, I had to use Jax’s ground pound to knock Reptile down to cancel his invisibility so I could damage him.
Another mission with Johnny Cage had zombies to "fight". Johnny stood on the left side of the screen and zombies staggered from the right towards him. If a single zombie reaches the Hollywood icon the mission ends. I suppose it just takes one touch to zombify Johnny. Kill 30 zombies and you win. The whole setup was a clever tutorial designed to teach players how to use Johnny’s fireball, which arcs towards enemies. Every once in awhile a zombie runs towards Johnny forcing him to react with a speedy fireball.
Challenge mode is also home to test your sight, might, and new for Mortal Kombat (2011) test your luck tests. The test your luck mode has players pick a character and then spin a slot machine. You might get a power up that increases damage or a wacky modifier like headless mode where two bodies duke it out. Depending on your luck (or lack there of) it’s possible to for the screen to fade to black or flip both players so you have to fight upside down.
While test your luck has is a nod to the series’ bizarre humor, fights are brutal with bone crushing X-ray moves. We’ll have more Mortal Kombat coverage soon including an interview on Siliconera.