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If any brand is known for its expansion and presence in various media, it’s Marvel Comics. What started off as a simple comic book publishing house is now a lucrative business that is present in practically every form of media, including comic books, movies, television, and video games. The latter is going to be the main topic of today’s article, as we are going to dig into Marvel’s world of video games, focusing specifically on Marvel’s mobile games, both for Android and iOS systems. Console and PC games will not be discussed in today’s article, although there might be some titles that are available for both consoles and the PC, alongside the fact that they are mobile games.
Today’s article is actually going to be a list of the 10 best Marvel games for smartphones. We’re going to focus on both Android and iOS systems, as most of the games are compatible with both systems but there are also going to be system-exclusive titles there. We’re going to give you some information about the games and the gameplay so that you know roughly what to expect if you want to download them. You’re also going to find out whether they’re free to download or you have to pay to play them, as well as get some interesting gameplay videos that might make your decision a bit easier. Enjoy!
BEST MARVEL MOBILE GAMES
1. Marvel Contest of Champions (Android/iOS)
Information: The gameplay offers 3D graphics on a two-dimensional plane. The player can choose between different types of attacks during the fight: light, medium or heavy. The most effective combo is the one consisting of 5 hits: medium-light-light-light-medium. Unlike other fighting games, the combo counter only resets if you are hit by the opponent, and not when you stop hitting him.
You can also dodge and parry the opponent’s blows, and make a “perfect block” if done with the right timing. Each character has access to three different special attacks, which can be used once a certain threshold of power is reached, obtained by scoring hits during the fight. Each character belongs to one of the six classes present in the game: scientific, mystical, cosmic, technical, mutant and talent, and depending on the class to which the opponent belongs will receive a bonus or a malus (for example, cosmic champions have an advantage over technical ones, technical ones on mutants, mutants on talent champions etc).
In some missions, the use of a champion belonging to a particular class will allow the player to open “gates” that block the path, in order to continue. There is also a Combined class, which only includes non-player characters who have an advantage over the champions of all other classes. Additional bonuses in combat can be obtained by the player by putting on the same team characters who enjoy particular synergies (such as, for example, the members of the Fantastic Four); the size of the team varies from a minimum of 1 to a maximum of 5 characters, based on the level of the player and the type of mission.
All characters can be upgraded by the player using Gold, Catalysts and a particular infusion called “ISO-8”; all of these resources can be obtained by completing specific missions. There are no real-time online multiplayer battles: instead, asynchronous battles are available with characters of other players driven by artificial intelligence.
2. Marvel Future Fight (Android/iOS)
Information: In the near future, the various dimensions begin to collapse. To avoid all this, Nick Fury, now dying, sends Jocasta, his robotic helper, into the past with the task of educating the player and forming a team of superheroes to stop what is happening. After obtaining Captain America, Iron Man, and Black Widow, the player will have to face Ultron, the first enemy, who has just attacked the Stark Tower.
Once defeated, Ultron escapes, taking with him Jemma Simmons, an employee of Stark Tower and a scholar on alternate dimensions. The team will have to save her from the criminal organization A.I.M., which by now has already stolen all of her research. Steve, Tony, and Natasha, with the help of Jocasta and Jemma, will have to find M.O.D.O.K., the head of the A.I.M. Once found, after confronting numerous superheroes from other dimensions, they discover that the device, running at ISO-8, was stolen from them by the Red Skull.
The heroes set out in search of him, also supported by S.H.I.E.L.D. Defeating the Hand, Ultron, and finally Red Skull with Hydra, the device goes out of control, risking the destruction of all dimensions. The heroes will have to face and defeat all their alternate versions of the future and thanks to the help of Jocasta and M.O.D.O.K., they will be able to save the world and all dimensions.
Later a team within S.H.I.E.L.D., formed by Phil Coulson, Daisy Johnson, and Melinda May, supported by Sif, must defeat the Inhumans led by Raina, who are about to cause another dimensional disaster. S.H.I.E.L.D. will eventually succeed in his intent, destroying the Arctic base of Raina, thanks to the support of the repentant Lincoln Campbell.
3. Marvel Strike Force (Android/iOS)
Information: Marvel Strike Force allows players to collect Marvel Universe characters such as superheroes, villains, and generic characters from large organizations like S.H.I.E.L.D., The Hand, and Hydra, and use them to fight in turn-based battles. There are several ways to collect characters: some are given to players immediately, while others are acquired through play or as in-game rewards in the form of shards earned by players to unlock and or promote their characters. Shards can be earned by winning battles or purchased from a shop.
Players increase their user level by gaining experience by completing daily missions or completing battles in the single-player campaign. Battles are divided into rounds, in which the character with the fastest speed attribute can launch the first attack. Each enemy team is made up of up to five different characters who fight until defeat or reinforcements enter. The battles are turn-based, during which the fighters apply various buffs to their team and damage the opponent with the aim of defeating all the characters and ending with at least one character alive.
Players can join alliances that form the main group within the game, which can include up to 24 players and be private or open. Alliances allow players to play raids and access alliance achievements. These alliances can be created by any player or created from the game. All players must be in an alliance, so if a player leaves or is kicked out of an alliance, the game will award a new one.
The main game modes are Arena, Blitz, Assaults, Challenges, and Alliance War. Each of these modes has its own currency, received in the form of rewards depending on your score, which can be spent on character shards or equipment items. All modes are played against a computer-controlled AI, including arena battles and alliance warfare where the AI controls a player-created team. The Arena involves fighting against teams created by other players in 5v5 battles.
By winning the battles the player climbs the arena rankings. Rewards are awarded each day based on the Arena rank you have managed to achieve. The Assaults are a series of maps in which the 24 members of the alliance, coordinated by the captain, face paths collaborating together to take down and overcome all the nodes. Challenges are completed once per day to allow players to accumulate various resources.
Each challenge repeats three days a week and can be completed three times a day. The challenge requires the use of characters with specific characteristics or belonging to certain factions to complete each level of the challenge.
4. LEGO Marvel Superheroes (Android/iOS)
Platforms: Android, iOS, Microsoft Windows, Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo DS, OS X, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One
Release Date: October 22, 2013
Availability: Android | iOS
Information: In keeping with the playstyle of all the major LEGO titles, players will be able to control approximately 150 characters from the Marvel Universe, each with their own unique abilities. For example, Spider-Man can swing on his webs and use his Spider-Sense, while the Hulk, who is larger than standard minifigures, can throw large objects, as well as shrink into Bruce Banner to access computers. Galactus was confirmed to be the main antagonist in the game before its release.
According to the director of the game, Arthur Parsons, and the producer, Phil Ring, one of the main locations in Lego Marvel Super Heroes was always going to be a Lego version of New York. Additionally, a Lego version of Asgard was created for the game.
The creative team has also brought Marvel Comics co-creator Stan Lee into the game. It will be part of the missions called “Stan in Danger”, which are similar to the “Citizen in Danger” missions of LEGO’s DC Comics adaptations. He is also a playable character and has several of the other characters ‘abilities (such as Spider-Man’s webbing, a combination of the Human Torch’s heat vision and Cyclops’ optical beam, Mr. Fantastic’s elasticity and endurance, an adamantium skeleton when all health is depleted, and the ability to transform into a version of the Hulk).
Players are also able to explore the Marvel version of New York City freely both indoors and outdoors, as it is possible to access certain buildings and drive all types of vehicles. Each building has its own story when it is entered and is being narrated by Massacre. To unlock free mode, you must complete the first missions.
5. Marvel Battle Lines (Android/iOS)
Platforms: Android, iOS
Release Date: October 24, 2018
Information: This game was a strategic card battling game that featured a plethora of different Marvel characters. As per the publishers, the main goal of the game was:
“The goal of a match is to strategically place cards in consecutive order on the 3×4 grid that makes up the field of play to create powerful battle lines and combinations that will damage their opponent’s health meter. Players will begin each turn with four cards in their hand and have the ability to swap their cards, play an action card or end their turn by either placing a character card in the field of play or moving a card already deployed to an adjacent tile to attack an opponent’s card. The first player to bring their opponent’s health meter to zero using combinations of battle lines with their deck of characters – three across, three adjacent, four down, an L-shape, etc. – will win the match.”
The player started the game with a custom 12-card deck consisting of character and ability cards inspired by some of Marvel’s greatest superheroes. There were over 100 digital cards for the player to collect and what made this game so different from all others was its above-mentioned game mechanic, which was quite unique in the genre.
Sadly, despite having a small fanbase, the game never really stuck with fans and it was announced that it would be shutting down in January 2020, less than 15 months after its initial release. And while a lot of people didn’t even know about this as the game was never overly popular, the players who liked the game were quite disappointed with its cancellation, as evidenced by social media comments.
6. Marvel Puzzle Quest (Android/iOS)
Information: The players put together a team of three Marvel Super Heroes or Super Villains from different storylines and control the team in turn-based battles against a team of up to three other Super Heroes or Villains. Each color-coded match harms the player’s opponent and creates action points that can acquire special skills.
Gems disappear and are replenished from the top when paired. When paired, the six colors of the gems on the board give energy that can be used to perform special moves. The players exchange blows until one of them is knocked down. When all enemies are defeated, the fight ends and a reward is displayed for the winner: one of the in-game currencies, special bonuses or a new character. This character can be added to your list. If it is a duplicate it becomes level coverage.
Players earn points by winning battles and apply those points to unlock new attacks and level up. The scoreboard is very tactical, with half a dozen possible considerations beyond the best game at any given time.
There are two main modes: Story and Multiplayer, where players can battle against other teams controlled by the game’s AI. The game is free and there is an option to purchase levels or new characters. New characters, an ISO-8 pack, hero parts and other items can also be obtained by repeating old levels. As the roster grows, so do the opportunities for team composition and skill selection. A player collects comic book covers in the game to unlock new characters and improve existing ones. Each character is associated with a number of real comic book covers that depict the character’s skills and allow the player to improve or improve the character’s skills.
In July 2014, team-ups were introduced that allow a player with throw-away abilities to fight characters who are not on the player’s teams. The characters are divided into different levels with stars. They range from one-star characters, which are the weakest, to five-star characters, which are the strongest and most powerful.
7. Marvel Super War (Android/iOS)
Information: Marvel Super War is similar to other MOBA games, where players can choose from multiple game modes. They are usually 5v5 players and the characters are made up of 6 classes: Fighter, Energy, Sniper, Assassin, Char and Support. Players can play alone or in groups and each player can choose 2 of the 10 tactics available in the game to support the selected character.
Players can also use power cores which have penetrated with 3 support cores where each main core is made up of 6 core types based on the 6 Infinity Stones. Each Power Core has different results for each player depending on the class. Just like with other MOBAs, the main goal of the game is to destroy the enemy base. The game is set in Wakanda.
Players have 2 meters: green for HP and blue for EP. There are two types of buffs: in-game blue and red to enhance gameplay. Among the areas of each team are two units that appear after a certain time from the start of the game: Avatar of Bast and Surtur. Players can take out one or both of them to give their team additional benefits. Players can also summon Surtur to attack the enemy base.
There are several modes in the game. In Rank mode, players can play individually or in groups, depending on the current rank of the players, ordered by Stone Spirit, Superior Silver, Immortal Gold, Magnificent Platinum, Unbeatable Diamond, Invincible Hero, Legendary Master, and Supreme Dominator.
In Match and PvE, matches are similar to Leaderboard mode, but players can invite those on their friend list regardless of rank. PvE is a 5v5 player versus bot / AI mode available in Easy, Normal and Hard difficulty levels. Free-for-All is similar to Match mode, except that the map is linear. Players cannot simply heal or upgrade items unless the player dies.
Finally, in Battle for Vibranium, players must collect the Vibranium stored in 3 different cores and place it in the correct box. Players can collect Vibranium by passing it through its respective core or steal it from the opposing team by eliminating an opponent. The first team to collect 1000 Vibranium is the winner.
8. Marvel Avengers Academy (Android/iOS)
Platforms: Android, iOS, Amazon
Release Date: February 4, 2016
Information: The Marvel Avengers Academy hired the player to build their own college campus and populate it with reinvented superheroes as students developing their superpowers. Many of the early characters are voiced by famous people, such as Dave Franco voicing Iron Man and Alison Brie voicing Black Widow.
The game presented part of the campus to the player, while other areas were activated during the game as the player progressed. Characters roamed the map with other characters that could be recruited after completing missions. Others could only be recruited through the Infinity Stones. Infinity Stones were a premium currency that was rare in daily play but could be purchased through microtransactions. The other type of currency generated in the game was coins collected from completed missions.
By completing missions, unlocking characters and building the campus, the player was able to collect XP and level up. This allowed the player to unlock additional buildings and characters as well as upgrade existing characters and buildings.
Thematic events sometimes associated with posts in the Marvel Cinematic Universe have been released periodically. During themed events, a hostile faction would usually get rid of the academy in an attempt to take over. The player had to defend the academy while recruiting new characters to save the academy.
Along with the game’s 2nd anniversary, a new update has been released that has drastically changed the gameplay. Instead of collecting coins from missions, the player has now built up stamina with which to fight against opponents on a series of permanent battle cards. In addition to leveling up characters, they can now also be rated, which constantly increases their health and combat stats. The game was shut down on February 4, 2019.
9. Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series (Android/iOS)
Platforms: Android, iOS, Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One
Release Date: April 8 – November 7, 2017
Price: $24.95 ($4.99 per episode)
Information: Guardians of the Galaxy is played in a similar way to other Telltale games, in which the gamer character talks to other characters, explores environments and interacts with objects within it, and sometimes completes action sequences consisting of quick time events.
Players make choices, such as dialogue selection, which create determinants within the story that influence subsequent actions within the episode and in future episodes.
Within the series, the player primarily plays as a Star-Lord, but can sometimes briefly take on the role of another Guardian during action sequences or, at certain times, play as another character in a flashback.
10. Spider-Man Unlimited (Android/iOS)
Platforms: Android, iOS, Windows Phone
Release Date: September 10, 2014
Information: Spider-Man finds himself facing Goblin, but once defeated he discovers that he is Goblin from another dimension. He is soon informed by Nick Fury that New York is being attacked by the Sinister Six who have opened dimensional portals and aim to create an army of clones who want to destroy their dimension.
Spider-Man, together with S.H.I.E.L.D., will have to defeat the Sinister Six and free New York from the dimensional portal, but he will not be alone, in fact, in addition to the various enemies of other dimensions (Goblin, Electro, Vulture, Sandman etc.) there will be his “copies” of other dimensions that will help him in the enterprise. In addition to defeating the Sinister Six, he will have to collect ISO-8s to open other portals from which alternate versions of Spider-Man belonging to other dimensions will emerge.
This game was an endless runner type of game and despite being quite well-received, its popularity was decreasing as the years passed until it was finally shut down on March 31, 2019.
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