|App Name||WWE Mayhem|
|Last Updated||Nov 15, 2023|
|Mods||Mod Menu/Unlimited Money/Gold|
The core gameplay of WWE Mayhem revolves around 1v1 wrestling matches in a ring. Players control a WWE wrestler and must deplete their opponent’s health bar to win the match.
The controls are simple tap and swipe gestures. Tapping performs quick strikes while swiping executes strong attacks. Holding a direction allows the player to run or grapple. Players can also block attacks by holding down on the screen.
Executing moves requires timing and strategy. Button mashing will easily result in the player’s wrestler tiring out and leaving them vulnerable. Chaining light attacks into heavy attacks works well. Launching special moves at key moments when the opponent is dazed is also important.
WWE Mayhem incorporates signature WWE elements to enhance the wrestling experience:
The controls combined with WWE elements make for an authentic wrestling experience on mobile. Matches feel like simplified versions of classic WWE console games. The gameplay provides plenty of over-the-top, hard-hitting action that wrestling fans will enjoy.
WWE Mayhem utilizes a stylized 3D art style for its visual presentation. The wrestlers feature exaggerated proportions and designs that translate the real-life counterparts into cartoonish versions. This allows for fluid animation and extreme moves not possible with realistic graphics.
The visuals aim to evoke the look of WWE action figures come to life. The wrestlers appear as hulking plastic figures that can dish out powerful attacks filled with impact. Things like cloth physics and lifelike textures take a backseat to smooth animation and readability.
The stages and arenas also utilize simple textures and models. This helps maintain a solid framerate during matches when the ring is filled with pyrotechnics and visual effects. The visuals may not impress those looking for realism, but they effectively capture the essence of WWE’s over-the-top style.
Cutscenes utilize dramatic camera angles and slow-motion to showcase signature moves and moments. Wrestler entrances feature excellent animation and effects to recreate their elaborate televised entrances. Overall the visuals complement the gameplay nicely.
WWE Mayhem provides a variety of singleplayer and multiplayer game modes:
The story mode has players compete through WWE seasons consisting of different match types and rivalries. Advancing through story mode unlocks new wrestlers to recruit. The mode provides an extended singleplayer campaign for players to hone their skills.
Special limited-time events feature unique match stipulations and rewards. Events are themed around WWE pay-per-views like Royal Rumble and SummerSlam. Players can earn exclusive superstars and loot during events.
Versus battles are 1v1 matches against other players. Winning versus battles earns keys that unlock versus loot cases containing rare superstars and items. Leaderboards allow players to compete for the top ranks.
Joining a faction allows players to compete in faction wars against other factions. Faction members contribute points to their faction by winning matches. At the end of faction war seasons, rewards are distributed based on the final rankings.
Players can team up with another player or AI partner to compete in tag team matches. Tagging in and out adds strategy and lets players use multiple wrestlers during a match.
The variety of multiplayer and singleplayer modes provides diverse content for players to enjoy. The different modes incentivize regular play with unique rewards and leaderboard prestige.
The WWE Mayhem roster covers a wide range of popular wrestlers from different WWE eras:
The roster includes today’s popular wrestlers from RAW, Smackdown, and NXT like Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins, Becky Lynch, and Shinsuke Nakamura.
Fan favorite wrestlers from WWE’s Attitude Era in the 90s make an appearance including Stone Cold Steve Austin, The Rock, Mick Foley, and D-Generation X.
Legendary wrestlers from the 80s and 90s provide a dose of nostalgia with stars like Hulk Hogan, Ultimate Warrior, Andre the Giant, and Macho Man Randy Savage.
Top women wrestlers are playable including Becky Lynch, Charlotte Flair, Bayley, Sasha Banks, and Ronda Rousey.
Rare alternate versions of wrestlers can be unlocked, such as Demon Finn Balor, Broken Matt Hardy, and Hollywood Hulk Hogan.
In total there are 130+ playable wrestlers at launch ranging from jobbers to main eventers. The diverse roster collects wrestlers from different eras into one giant dream match game. Popular wrestlers get added regularly to keep the roster fresh.
WWE Mayhem allows players to customize their wrestlers in the following ways:
Players can create their own custom wrestler from scratch. All aspects are customizable such as appearance, moveset, entrance, and more. Creations can be shared online for others to download.
Alternate outfits can be unlocked for existing wrestlers. For example, throwback attires of wrestlers from previous eras or different color scheme variations.
Wrestlers gain experience through matches to earn new moves and stat increases. Players can customize their strengths.
Using currencies, wrestlers can be promoted to increase their rarity tier. Higher tiers grant damage bonuses and new ability slots.
There is plenty of customization for those wanting to personalize their experience. Creative players can let loose designing original wrestlers.
As a free-to-play mobile game, WWE Mayhem incentivizes spending money through various means:
The primary monetization is loot boxes containing random wrestlers and items. They can be purchased directly or earned slowly through gameplay.
Multiple currencies are used to upgrade wrestlers. Earning currencies at a meaningful pace requires grinding or purchasing.
Seasonal battle passes offer exclusive cosmetics and wrestlers in paid tracks. Free tracks grant some rewards.
Subscriptions provide daily rewards and bonuses. An ad-free experience is also tied to subscriptions.
WWE Mayhem follows standard free-to-play mechanics. Paying provides advantages for progression and unlocks. However, the gameplay itself is not restricted for free players.
Here are some of the key strengths of WWE Mayhem:
WWE Mayhem does have some weaknesses holding it back:
WWE Mayhem succeeds at bringing fast-paced and hard-hitting WWE action to mobile devices. The gameplay captures the essence of wrestling with a variety of modes featuring popular wrestlers from different eras. While the repetitive matches and aggressive monetization bring it down, there is still plenty of content for wrestling fans to enjoy.
Overall, WWE Mayhem earns a rating of 4/5.