|Rating: 8/10||Price: $1.99||Platform: iOS||Developer: Smith & Tinker, Inc.|
|Unique variety of moves||Too short, 26 levels go by fast|
|Fun representation of powers||Only one life|
|Addicting and challenging|
Instead of creating a classic beat’em up game, Marvel, through the developers Smith & Tinker, takes a new approach and has created a game that is unique and challenging. The game allows the user to utilize the signature powers of Wolverine, Captain America, Spiderman, and Thor. With their powers you’re to battle miniature flying heads of their respective marvel universe enemies, with the ultimate goal of defeating Dr. Doom. This true to nature arcade style game is fun and addicting, but does it really belong on your phone? Read more for the details.
When you start the app, you should let it wait, and you’ll be able to see a colorful five second opening involving the assembling of Dr. Doom’s evil team and Tony Starks counter, aka you. From there you can begin the game and choose Normal mode or Arcade mode. Normal mode is basically the campaign or story mode and that’s where we headed first.
Level one only allows you to use Wolverine’s claws, but as you progress you’ll be able to use Captain America’s shield, Spider-Man’s web, and Thor’s hammer. Once the game begins there’s a small white hand that pops up showing you how to use the attacks. This pop up occurs in each level, where a new attack is introduced. The mechanics of the game are simple to use and understand with a learning curve of only a few minutes. It’s similar to fruit ninja where you cut things on screen, but takes it to another level with the different super hero powers.
When you start each game you’ll also notice a loading screen. At first we were worried that it might take a bit of time to load, but no need to be scared – the load times are short and there were no instances of lag when we were playing, even when the screen was heavily loaded. Though sometimes the hero/attack selection felt a bit sluggish.
The game advances nicely with introductions to new attacks at just the right time, where you’re beginning to get bored of the same old moves and enemies. Boss battles between yourself and Dr. Doom also occur a few times to mix things up a little bit. The Dr. Doom battles are nice, as they offer another enemy to fire at besides the same repeated ones. We wish there could have been more boss battles, perhaps even with different villains. That leads us to say that the game is just a little too short. The game would be worth a lot more if it could sustain us for more than half a day, as its beatable in a few hours.
Another gripe we had was that we only had one life. It was frustrating to die whenever we hit a goblin bomb and had to start all over. It’s not too big of a deal, as it makes the game more challenging, but two lives probably would have been a little more comforting.
Taking note of all the negatives, this is still a fun game that’ll leave you wanting more. If you’re tired of a game like fruit ninja, this is a great alternative. The unique game play and the way it takes advantage of the touch features offers simple plain fun. If you like comics, Marvel more specifically, this is a must have. Hopefully they roll out some updates with new levels.