It's all done without a plug-in. This is no Unity Player game, but a graphics engine developed in-house called Shr3d. It allows Flash, the most common development platform for social games, to render 3D graphics. Sure, they're far from blowing Unity graphics away, but they come without the red flag--"Click here to download the plug-in."--that sends most Facebook gamers fleeing to their anti-virus software. (Admittedly, the female wrestlers look hideous in 3D.)
If it succeeds, you'll continue to get more chances to attack with strikes, holds, throws and even aerial attacks until you miss. We're sure there is some dice-rolling of stat points going on in the background to determine things like hit rate, damage, momentum (which effects your success rate of future attacks) and fatigue (your likeliness of getting pinned). But as long as you focus on the statistics and moves that match your character's body type, you shouldn't have to worry about all that.
And with some of the most engaging asynchronous play I've seen in a long time from Facebook games, you'll be glad you did. Rocket Ninja has breathed new life into Wrestler: Unstoppable with easily-accessible--if less than stellar--3D visuals, while introducing a level of depth and strategy seldom found in Mafia Wars-esque social games. Fans of the wrestling industry could easily find themselves stat crunching in a matter of minutes within the new system. Who knew a few 3D pile drivers could turn a drab, passive combat game into a destructive force of frenetic Facebook fighting?
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