Review – Glu Mobile’s Blood and Glory

Are you the person who loves Ancient Rome? or perhaps have watched movies with Gladiators in it? Have you ever admired them of their bravery to fight against all odds? or maybe have you seen yourself in their place to try dueling even once without the dying part? Well here is a good news for you Glu Mobile’s Blood and Glory would surely give you thrill running down your spine and expect the crowd cheering for your victory!

Blood and Glory Logo
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The Company behind:

Glu Mobile is the leading Freemium game developer and publisher. They are also the company behind the famous games like Gun Bros, Deer Hunter, Samurai vs. Zombie Defense and of course Blood and Glory across major mobile platforms out there Glu creates high quality entertaiment exclusively for mobile devices(source). For your information  Freemium means the game is free to download and play but to be able to advance, access, and or be powerful and gain unique items you would need to pay with real money.


The game is set on Ancient Rome era where young man(the player) would fight for its life on the arena. players would work you way in surviving the tournaments, each tournaments have five fights where the player should battle his way through to win the tournament as Invictus. After each battle players would be awarded experience points for upgrading stats  and coins to buy better equipments.  There is an option to enter an Elite Tornament where the player can gain premium items when you won the tournament but it needs glu credits.

Blood and Glory Tournaments
Screenshot from my Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus

 Interface and Combat System:

Blood and Glory Interface
Screenshot from my Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 plus

As you can see on my screenshot the Interface of Blood and Glory is laid out perfectly,I cropped out parts of the interface to better explain them to you.

Dodge Button

Dodge Buttons: The buttons are laid out on the left and right side of the screen, this button is used to dodge incoming attacks though this buttons are somewhat small that sometimes even in your mind you knew you pressed it but in fact you missed them slightly. The player could attain a successful dodge when he timed it at the right moment. and same direction of where the attack came from.

Block Button

Block Button: The Number inside indicates the Shield’s Power to block. The yellow bar above is the blocking stamina, in which when drained out it would not stop you blocking for a specific number of time.

Pause ButtonPause Button: Basically this button will allow you to pause the game in times of need and access the option menu, mini store and restart or surrender the battle or even quit the tournament. Beside the pause button the hp(health points) bar is laid out on opposite sides. Blue for the player and Red for the enemy.

Potion ButtonPotion Button: This button would let you access potions you bought using Glu credits. Health potions, Attack booster Potion, and Block booster Potion.

Special Attack ButtonSpecial Attack Button: This button allows you to use special attacks, the number indicates the power of the special attack, the maximum is level 3 and deals massive attack. The bar slowly fills up while fighting, it fills up more when you hit successfully.


Oh? is there something missing? The attack button? Not really! The combat system being used in Blood and Glory is swipe to slash, also included is parrying. there are 3 awesome combos that deal great damage.(combos are actually located on the option menu)

Graphics,Music and Sound Effects:

Blood and Glory Graphics
Screenshot from my Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus

On Graphics they are not the best one out there but they are definitely good, runs smoothly on my device.  Impressive HD graphics(Bloody visuals on NR version). very gladiator-ish feel. Since the version I have is the NR(probably not rated) version when a player or the enemy hits you blood spurts out and stains the skin of your character as the battle goes on. if you bought a weapon with a decapitation stat it would only decapitate the head after each battle. though it gets boring on that part, because even if your last swing hits the body the head still gets cut!(whhaaaat?!)

Special attack animation
Screenshot from my Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus – Level 3 Special attack

On Music it is very inviting, the sound effects are realistic enough to encourage us to play for hours. the character voices are awesome too. though I don’t know if those are real language or just random words. but all in all it is amazing.

Inventory System:

In Blood and Glory there is no storage for equipments. once you bought new items there is no way of taking it off or selling it back. you just need to buy a new one or re-equipped your previous items. The store has this continuous stream of items showing everything a player can buy, including those  Glu credit premium items and the bank for which you could buy Glu credits using real money. it can be filtered which items you want to see using the filter drop down menu located on the upper left corner of the store. Be aware that Glu credits are nonrefundable.

Blood and Glory Store
Screenshot from my Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus – Blood and Glory Store

also located in the store is the character stats where you can upgrade your gladiator when you gain enough experience or buy skill points using real money

Blood and Glory Stats
Screenshot from my Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus – Character Stats


Blood and Glory is an amazing game. has impressive HD visuals. good Sound effects and Music. A well-balanced game, not forcing anyone to wait for hours because of energy depletion or whatsoever. Glu gave players an option to buy credits or use in game currency. this means anyone can enjoy the game without spending real money. Even if it must be played online and lacks multiplayer mode and Story outline this still an awesome game to try.

I rate this product 4/5

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