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Mayhem Preview: Duke it out in this Android shooter

The Basics

  • Name: Mayhem
  • Developer: Chocolabs
  • Genre: Action, Shooter
  • Price: Free, in app purchases

The Details

  • Installed size: 156mb
  • Best played in medium play sessions (15-45min)
  • Development Stage: Beta / Early Access
  • Playable Offline: No

What is Mayhem

Mayhem is a 3 on 3 player versus player action game from Chocolabs. Players use mercenaries obtained and powered up using the game’s chest & card system to duke it out in one of the game’s gameplay modes. Matches are typically a mix of real players and bots. While playing with and against bots can sometimes be frustrating, they can be surprisingly competent. Competition takes place in one of three arenas, each with their own special twist. Matches last approximately 5 minutes, making it an easy game to pick up for a quick gameplay session. Players also have the option to create custom private matches, with a number of options to choose from like number of players.

Mayhem Gameplay
A look at the action in Mayhem

Content

  • Maps: 3
  • Playable characters: 12
  • Stamina system: No
  • PVP: Yes
  • CO-OP: No
  • Social features: Chat, clans

Presentation

  • Graphics quality: Good
  • Audio quality: Average
  • Audio recommended: Nice but not essential
  • UI quality: Good
  • Overall presentation: Good

Recommendation

There are many games out there that have tried to bring fast paced competitive PVP to mobile, few have succeeded. Mayhem is has great core gameplay mechanics, but it also has a chest/card system that might feel a bit too much like pay-2-win to some. This is particularly as you get further in the game and begin to be matched up with players and bots that have significantly higher stats than you. If you can overlook that, what’s left is a great experience. Even if you’re skeptical, Mayhem is definitely worth a download.

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Note: This preview reflects the author’s views on the game at the time it was played. The state of the game may have changed since that time. Please note that installed size includes optional downloads where applicable.