Test Your Might is a mini-game that first appeared in the original Mortal Kombat as an interlude between battles, similar to breaking. The minigame consists of the player's character standing above one of five blocks of increasing hardness, depending on how far the player has progressed in Test Your Might. The player would have to hammer multiple buttons until the gauge next to their character passed a certain point, and then would have to press the Block button to strike. If they were above this point, their character would break the block in front of them. Otherwise, their hand would bounce off the object sitting in front of them.
The minigame appears at different intervals depending on whether the game is played in one-player or two-player mode. In one-player mode, it appears after every three battle victories, no matter how many battles take place. The player starts off on wood, and after breaking it would move up to stone, steel, ruby, and diamond, then back to wood after diamond is broken. The breaking point on the gauge is raised with the increasing hardness of each block.
However, since the one-player mode ends after the twelfth battle victory (against Shang Tsung), this mode gives players only three chances to test their might before their game is over. This means that the two hardest blocks of the five (ruby and diamond) are reachable only after a player wins at least two Test Your Might minigames in two-player mode.
The mini-game also appears after every five consecutive two-player battles, with each player's progress maintained individually.
Breaking each block rewards points as follows:
- Wood: 100,000 points, equivalent to a Fatality bonus
- Stone: 200,000 points, equivalent to a Flawless Victory bonus
- Steel: 500,000 points, equivalent to a Double Flawless bonus
- Ruby: 1,000,000 points
- Diamond: 2,000,000 points
The mini-game was never featured in any sequel until Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance, where it returned with improved graphics and a similar but longer block sequence (bamboo, coal, oak, brick, redwood, marble, iron, diamond). Whereas in Mortal Kombat Test Your Might was there to earn points, in Deadly Alliance it is used to earn Koins which can be used to unlock contents and features in the Krypt. The character will also react to the player's success or failure.
The Test Your Might mini-game never returned in Mortal Kombat: Deception or Mortal Kombat: Armageddon. However, in Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks, the minigame appears whenever the player needs to perform some feat of strength, and at times, even during specific parts of boss battles.
Test Your Might is a gameplay feature in Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe. The player drives the opponent through a certain amount of walls. This, however, is more of a homage in name, and retains nothing of the original mini-game.
Test Your Might makes a return in Mortal Kombat (2011) as a minigame in the Challenge Tower, with new additions including Gold, Amber, Sapphire, Titanium, and other such materials, but not necessarily in that order.
Test Your Might also makes an appearance in Mortal Kombat X as a minigame in many towers, including the Living Towers. In the Traditional Towers, the minigame has its own tower, with a new series of items: Pine Boards, Walnut Carving, Teak Log, Brick Pile, Coal Skull, Tekunin Tin, Golden Beast, Copper Head Vise, Platinum Bust and Titanium Symbol. Other towers that incorporate a Test Your Might stage sometimes utilize unique items like the Earthrealm Emerald (resembling the original Earthrealm Kamidogu) or the relic with the symbol of the winning faction. Unlike previous versions, when a player fails this challenge, they get killed by another character who is spectating the challenge offscreen.
Test Your Might Death ListEdit
In order from first to last:
- Kung Lao's hat flies and cuts the failure's head off.
- The failure is bombed to death.
- A hook impales the failure's throat and takes him/her up in the air as blood rains down.
- Ermac's telekinesis grabs the failure's head and yanks it off.
- The failure is eaten by a swarm of D'Vorah's insects.
- The failure is burned alive.
- The failure is electrocuted by lightning until he/she explodes.
- The failure is shot to death by arrows.
- Kitana's fan cuts the failure's face off and his/her brain slides off.
- Mileena's sais pierce the failure's head.
- Scorpion's spear pulls the failure's head off over the call of "Get over here!"
- The failure is riddled by machine gun fire while Jax calls "Gotcha!"
- The failure is forced through a portal by Scorpion's spear as he calls "Come here!"