The Marvel Universe comes to life in the original match 3 RPG!
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Release Date: Dec 5, 2013

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July 28

R106 Incoming! (July 28, 2016)

R106!

Black Bolt & Spider-Woman arriving in August!

What’s New…
- Wasp stings Versus!
-Story action with The Hulk!

What’s Changed…
-Championed characters are considered to have 5 power levels in every power when sent as a Team-up.
-Selecting a mission now takes the player into the mission description.
-Only one Power Banner is displayed when multiple countdown tiles from the same power activate simultaneously.
-The Alliance Icon now shows an alert you when you receive a Team-up.
-Fixed various rare issues in the early stages of the game.
-Fixed a bug where players were still sometimes taken to the top of the Rewards Cache.
-Loki's Mischief power now displays a banner when the Countdown tile activates.
-Countdown tiles created by Iron Man (Model 40)'s Recharge power now display the correct description.
-Iron Man (Model 40)'s Recharge power now displays a banner when he is on the player's team.
-Countdown tiles created by Brotherhood Subject's Unstable Blasts power now display the correct description.
-The game should no longer crash when playing against certain enemy combinations in Wave Missions.
-Attempted fixes implemented to improve game stability.
-Fixed PC bug: The Power Shift ‘Preview Previous Level’ button now indicates when it is pressed.

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July 18

R105 Is Here! (July 18, 2016)

R105!

Take wing…

What’s New
- PVP action with Vision!
- A Boss returns for vengeance?!

What’s Changed
- Roster & Character Select screen: When viewing the character power level bar, selecting a power level reveals the description as if your character currently had that power level.
- Power Shift screen: A button now displays below the ‘Drop Power Level’ button allowing you to see a description of the previous power level.
- Roster screen (player’s character collection) is now scrollable horizontally.
- Join Forces missions (where a character is provided for the player): A copy of the character with more levels and more power levels is selected. The game no longer selects the player's character by default.
- Reworked Venom (Dark Avengers)’s Symbiote Snare power. Lower levels of the power require Web tiles to be on the board to activate the power. Each power level reduces this requirement until it reaches 0. The power no longer stuns the entire opposing team at Power Level 5.
- Match hint now correctly shows the proper tiles when tiles were converted to another color using a power.
- War Machine's Aerial Assault once again creates Attack tiles after the Aerial Assault Countdown tile is locked, then unlocked.
- Raise Level button no longer loses functionality if a character was partially leveled in R103 or earlier.
- Game once again shuffles tiles properly if the last remaining match on the board is locked.

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Reviews

“An intricately crafted, remarkably deep experience – Marvel Puzzle Quest doesn’t merely meet the expectations of its name, it exceeds them.”
9.1 out of 10 – http://www.ign.com/articles/2013/10/11/marvel-puzzle-quest-dark-reign-review

“Even for those unfamiliar with the ever-expanding Marvel universe, Dark Reign’s use of collection and randomized drops make it compulsively, sickeningly playable.”
4 out of 5 – http://toucharcade.com/2013/10/12/marvel-puzzle-quest-dark-reign-review/

“Takes the unlikely pairing of Marvel heroes and match-3 makes it fun. Lots to do besides the story missions. Entertaining, surprisingly humorous dialogue.”
4 out of 5 – http://www.gamezebo.com/games/marvel-puzzle-quest-dark-reign/review

Update Notes

R106! (07/28/16)

Black Bolt & Spider-Woman arriving in August!

What’s New
- Wasp stings Versus!
- Story action with The Hulk!

What’s Changed
- Championed characters are considered to have 5 power levels in every power when sent as a Team-up.
- Selecting a mission now takes the player into the mission description.
- Only one Power Banner is displayed when multiple countdown tiles from the same power activate simultaneously.
- The Alliance Icon now shows an alert you when you receive a Team-up.
- Fixed various rare issues in the early stages of the game.
- Fixed a bug where players were still sometimes taken to the top of the Rewards Cache.
- Loki's Mischief power now displays a banner when the Countdown tile activates.
- Countdown tiles created by Iron Man (Model 40)'s Recharge power now display the correct description.
- Iron Man (Model 40)'s Recharge power now displays a banner when he is on the player's team.
- Countdown tiles created by Brotherhood Subject's Unstable Blasts power now display the correct description.
- The game should no longer crash when playing against certain enemy combinations in Wave Missions.
- Attempted fixes implemented to improve game stability.
- Fixed PC bug: The Power Shift ‘Preview Previous Level’ button now indicates when it is pressed.

Just Updated

R106! (07/28/16)

Black Bolt & Spider-Woman arriving in August!

What’s New
- Wasp stings Versus!
- Story action with The Hulk!

What’s Changed
- Championed characters are considered to have 5 power levels in every power when sent as a Team-up.
- Selecting a mission now takes the player into the mission description.
- Only one Power Banner is displayed when multiple countdown tiles from the same power activate simultaneously.
- The Alliance Icon now shows an alert you when you receive a Team-up.
- Fixed various rare issues in the early stages of the game.
- Fixed a bug where players were still sometimes taken to the top of the Rewards Cache.
- Loki's Mischief power now displays a banner when the Countdown tile activates.
- Countdown tiles created by Iron Man (Model 40)'s Recharge power now display the correct description.
- Iron Man (Model 40)'s Recharge power now displays a banner when he is on the player's team.
- Countdown tiles created by Brotherhood Subject's Unstable Blasts power now display the correct description.
- The game should no longer crash when playing against certain enemy combinations in Wave Missions.
- Attempted fixes implemented to improve game stability.
- Fixed PC bug: The Power Shift ‘Preview Previous Level’ button now indicates when it is pressed.

About This Game

The Marvel Universe comes to life in the original match 3 RPG: Marvel Puzzle Quest! Join the alliance in this unparalleled match-3 puzzle battler that combines your favorite Super Heroes and Super Villains together with deep RPG leveling, player vs. player tournaments, alliance building and more! Be one of the 5 million around the world and unleash your inner super power!

9.1 out of 10 “An intricately crafted, remarkably deep experience -- Marvel Puzzle Quest doesn’t merely meet the expectations of its name, it exceeds them.” - IGN.com (Editors’ Choice Award)

• MATCH AND UNLEASH FURY
Match tiles to annihilate your opponents, harnessing superpowers from Hulk’s massive strength to smash your enemies or Professor X’s mind control to manipulate the game board!

• RECRUIT MARVEL’S GREATEST HEROES AND VILLAINS
Recruit members of the X-Men, Avengers, S.H.I.E.L.D., Guardians of the Galaxy and more to create the ultimate Marvel dream team! Whether you combine Spider-Man with his arch-nemesis Venom, or Captain Marvel with her Ms. Marvel successor, Kamala Khan, assemble your very own epic team!

• UPGRADE YOUR CHAMPIONS AND GAIN POWERFUL REWARDS
Harness the power of Iso-8 to upgrade your team and collect comics to unlock characters and abilities. Master and enhance your character’s abilities to pummel your enemies!

• PLAY WITH FRIENDS IN TOURNAMENTS AND MORE!
Snag the top rank in Tournaments, Alliances, and Season Play for new character rewards and other prizes!

• BECOME PART OF THE MARVEL UNIVERSE
Written by Marvel veterans Frank Tieri (Iron Man, Wolverine, Weapon X) and Alex Irvine (Iron Man: The Rapture, Daredevil Noir) and now with new events, features and tournaments that pull directly from the Marvel universe!

Game is available in English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Japanese, and Korean.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP SP3
    • Processor: Intel Pentium 4 3.00GHz or better
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel HD 3000 / Nvidia GeForce 8600 GT / ATI Radeon HD 4650
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 250 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Windows Compatible Card
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50 Shades of Bae
606.6 hrs
Posted: August 26
Not even gonna lie this game is dope.

This game is a black hole of time, but at least for me I don't mind, I often have fun with the game when I play it, and I look forward to the daily rewards. Despite being a "match 3 game for kids and soccer moms", I think that it is an enjoyable game, and way more in depth than anyone cares to give it credit for. That being said there are a lot of times where I think "man, this game really is all about luck", whether it is the rolling for covers or cascades.

+Fun and enjoyable, plain and simple.
+Love the Marvel tie in, and often adds new awesome characters. (shout out to the silver surfer)
+It is not a very attention heavy game, it is something that you can do while doing other things if you want to.
+The characters and abilities give a depth to the game that adds to the experience.
+There is not time limit on matches, or idling.

-Embarrassing when your friends see you playing.
-Largely luck based.
-IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO HAVE TWO ACCOUNTS ON ONE PC.
-No ability to share accounts across platforms.
-A little bit of a slow start roster-wise.

As for the common freemium complaint, for the most part I am free to play, only putting in a few dollars to get one extra space, or trying the VIP program. I see no reason to complain about the features, since it is a free game, and real green dollars are not outright needed to progress. In all I have gotten more enjoyment and time out of this game than some retail AAA titles, and have spent less. It is nice to be able to help and support something that is free and also as a bonus be rewarded.

I hit up the Deadpool Daily everyday, and I will keep playing it and enjoying it. I am excited for the new characters and features, and recommend this game to anyone who wants a low commitment daily game to play.
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_.svetoslav._
1.2 hrs
Posted: August 25
Really good game!!!
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xeerus
169.4 hrs
Posted: August 21
great time passer
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Potato Bear
1.9 hrs
Posted: August 15
Got to pay to compete down the line.
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johnny.killstring
1,609.9 hrs
Posted: August 6
A good evolution of the puzzle quest formula
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Rob'sEvilTwin
25.3 hrs
Posted: July 31
Fun game, made much less fun by free-to-play ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥. Would love to be able to just buy the game and play, rather than have timers and energy and transactions - I don't think you can call up to $99.99 a "micro" transaction.
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Lieutenant Stokken
0.2 hrs
Posted: July 30
Downloading the Steam version, previously I've only played the Android version.

The game is a good time-sink. For those calling it pay-to-win; certainly you can buy most of the meaningful resources in the game, but you're not getting good value for your money, and you're kind of missing the point of the game. $10 will save you, eh, maybe 5 hours of in-game effort, and because of the way the game groups people for the in-game competition, you don't get any actual advantage; you have better characters, but so does the group you're competing with.

Which does imply something of the issue: The whole game is a Red Queen's Race. Enemies level up with your strongest three characters (as best as I can tell), so "Easy" missions will always be easy, and "Difficult" missions will always be difficult. The RPG elements are mostly an illusion; mostly, because characters are separated out by their "Star" power, and each star-level has a power cap. So once you develop a two-star roster, your one-star characters stop being useful (mostly); after you get a three-star roster, your two-star roster is less useful, and your one-star roster becomes, outside very specific situations, completely worthless. If you're spending money to advance your characters, you're wasting your money.

Because the point of the game isn't to "win" - there is no winning. It's a time sink, and a well-designed one; you'll be tempted to spend money every now and then to increase the size of your roster (which can be done without spending money, but more slowly and deliberately), to avoid having to make a painful choice between selling a new powerful character, or selling an old favorite character to make room. If opportunity cost is painful for you, you probably shouldn't play this game; you'll be spending a lot of money. (Disclosure: I've personally spent $20. Not because I couldn't not, but because I like the game and like supporting developers.)

If, on the other hand, you're accustomed to trade-offs, this game could be a very satisfying way of spending free time.
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Drorl52
4.3 hrs
Posted: July 29
very fun game love it!
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Incognito
467.8 hrs
Posted: July 29
As a Marvel fan, I absolutely love this game. Sure, you do need to pay for certain advantages but the game is free after all and most games of this type are like this. They always make sure to add lots of new characters and new content!
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thedane2099
81.7 hrs
Posted: July 28
Played over 40 Hours and the game stopped playing for few months. went back to play and my save is gone from there servers. So dont pay money in to the game or you can lose 100$ like me!

Other then that still takes way to long to build up a good team. You have little chance of getting the same person to LVL them up and you can only have a few people at a time. so if there are like 50 people you only have room to hold 5. (if you dont buy more room). And the odds are not good you will keep getting the 5 people to LVL up
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 30
Downloading the Steam version, previously I've only played the Android version.

The game is a good time-sink. For those calling it pay-to-win; certainly you can buy most of the meaningful resources in the game, but you're not getting good value for your money, and you're kind of missing the point of the game. $10 will save you, eh, maybe 5 hours of in-game effort, and because of the way the game groups people for the in-game competition, you don't get any actual advantage; you have better characters, but so does the group you're competing with.

Which does imply something of the issue: The whole game is a Red Queen's Race. Enemies level up with your strongest three characters (as best as I can tell), so "Easy" missions will always be easy, and "Difficult" missions will always be difficult. The RPG elements are mostly an illusion; mostly, because characters are separated out by their "Star" power, and each star-level has a power cap. So once you develop a two-star roster, your one-star characters stop being useful (mostly); after you get a three-star roster, your two-star roster is less useful, and your one-star roster becomes, outside very specific situations, completely worthless. If you're spending money to advance your characters, you're wasting your money.

Because the point of the game isn't to "win" - there is no winning. It's a time sink, and a well-designed one; you'll be tempted to spend money every now and then to increase the size of your roster (which can be done without spending money, but more slowly and deliberately), to avoid having to make a painful choice between selling a new powerful character, or selling an old favorite character to make room. If opportunity cost is painful for you, you probably shouldn't play this game; you'll be spending a lot of money. (Disclosure: I've personally spent $20. Not because I couldn't not, but because I like the game and like supporting developers.)

If, on the other hand, you're accustomed to trade-offs, this game could be a very satisfying way of spending free time.
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8 of 13 people (62%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
25.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 31
Fun game, made much less fun by free-to-play ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥. Would love to be able to just buy the game and play, rather than have timers and energy and transactions - I don't think you can call up to $99.99 a "micro" transaction.
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140 of 161 people (87%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1,201.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 25, 2014
This game was/is not much different then many other match 3 games except that you use characters to beat up other characters.

It was quite fun and a way to waste a few hours just battling it out. But then they did a few changes which made it so that if you wanted to progress you had to do whats called grinding (for those that don't know, thats when you have to spend 5 or 6 hours playing just to keep up with others playing). This made things less fun.

Now for the biggest change, if you have any characters that can heal the team during combat its called false healing. Basically what happens is that while in a round, they will heal your characters, but soon as its done, any and all damage that was done to your character during a round gets applied to your characters, which means they will more then likely be instantly down and you have to wait somewhere between 3 and 14 hours for them to heal.

So now instead of being able to play for a couple of hours, you're lucky if you get in a couple of rounds that can last about 5 to 10 minutes at most and then you need to wait till the next day (least for those of us with families, work and who require sleep) to play for another 10 minutes and then wait.

They wanted to stop people from using their healing characters in story mode to heal their wounded characters and instead buy heath packs, which cost Hero Points which while they do come in game, they are very rare in game and they expect more people to buy Hero Points so they can buy health pack. This has basically turned the game into pay 2 win game, well it was before but now its much worse.

The majority of people who play F2P games will never actually put money into free 2 play games. Once it gets to the point where they are spending more then a few hours playing and not being able to keep up with their friends, they loose interest and leave, and start bad mouthing the game, which causes people not to go play that game, which means the game looses lots of money.


So for now I can not recommend this game. Maybe if the devs wise up and actually listen to the community and things go back to how they were a couple of months ago, may I will start playing again and maybe even recommend this game, but lots of things have to change.
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243 of 303 people (80%) found this review helpful
28 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
662.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 17, 2014
[Original Review, dated Oct 18, 2014 @ 1:44am]

♥♥♥♥ this game. Literally ♥♥♥♥ this game.

Why? Because it is actually really REALLY FUN. And THAT is exactly the Problem!

How so you ask? Simple! Because it is yet another free-to-play, pay-to-win game. It is a good game disguising a hideous marketing strategy. It is absolutely repulsive.

Because you're gonna start playing this game and go "Oh man! This game is really fun! I want to keep playing it!" but then slowly the realization starts to seep in... YOU CAN'T. Why not? Well, lets see here... did you lose that last round? Bit of random bad luck and didn't quite make it? Want to try the round again? WELL TOO BAD!! Your heros are out of health now and won't be full again until THREE HOURS FROM NOW. Hey, did the game just give you a sweet new character as a reward for beating a stage? Great! Too bad you're out of spaces for new characters in your hero roster that you can only expand using the game's premium currency! Oh and by the way, your reward expires in five days and then you'll lose it forever, good luck trying to farm premium currency through the stages in game! Oh, I'm sure it won't take you very long if you've got a strong team of heros to keep plowing through with... Oh, what's that? They're all out of health again? Guess you're ♥♥♥♥ed! LOLS!! Seriously, this is the only game I've ever played that gives you rewards that you're never able to actually use.

And it all just spirals on downhill from there. You want to get anywhere in this game? "Give us your money!" And not just some of your money... ALL OF YOUR MONEY! Because lets face it, it would be EASY to release a normal, playable version of this game for say $15... but they don't want just a little of your money. They want ALL OF YOUR MONEY. There is a never ending supply of money that this game can drain away from you. Because that's how it was designed. And it is a damned crying shame!

Avoid this piece of garbage like the Plague. Or Ebola. Whatever horrifying desease floats your boat. XP

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[Revised Review, dated 3/24/2016]

I'm not sure what drew me back to this game, other than that I still see a few people on my friends list playing it and that annoyed me... aaaand I was just bored enough one day to take a second look. So consider this an "update" on the previous review, because I decided to legitimately give the game a second chance and see how it has evolved since last I touched it and if it has improved it's terrible performance.

To my surprise... it has.

A lot of the inherient flaws I found in the game persist. You still need to pay for roster slots and you never quite seem to have enough for the number of "cover" rewards you're given. And as a player starting out (because the game did reset me to scratch for whatever reason, but all the better to review the updates), you will likely feel constantly overwhelmed in most challenges and leaderboards because a signficant portion of the playerbase is already way ahead of you.

However, with a bit of proper management, selling off hero/covers you don't really want to use and spending your hero tokens entirely on roster slots, you can make it through the early stages fairly easier than I remembered them being. Additionally, the amount of time you have to claim your rewards has clearly been extended by a wide margin(my original review claims 5 days, the current build gives you 14 days), allowing you much more time to earn hero points through gameplay to unlock the roster slots you need to claim them. And those Hero Points seem to be a lot easier to come by than they were previously. Also, the very welcome addition of a set of 10 Full Heal items (that also restore back up to ten over time like hp bars do) makes grinding various activities a lot easier. Lastly, the removal of "Environment Tiles" and addition of "Team-Up Tiles" is an great update. You're able to earn Team Up cards through gameplay and from your "Alliance"/clan, which are powerful one use hero powers that can completely turn the tides of a battle from "I'm going to lose!" to "Holy crap, I just wasted those guys!"

Overall, the experience is much improved. With a bit of dedication and smart team building... and, you know, LUCK... you can probably have a fun time with this game and not run into the massive frustrations I encountered in my original review. In a little over two weeks, I've built up a roster of 22 Heroes (from Star Rank 1 to 4), easily twice what I was originally able to obtain, without paying a cent and the next cover I care about making sure I get has 8 entire days left to go before I'd need to start worrying about whether I'd earn enough Hero Points to claim it or not. Unlike the first time I played, I actually feel like that's a goal I can achieve now. So... I have to give credit where credit is due. I've had fun with this, I think you could too.

I do not retract my previous review statements. They are a reflection of the time and at that time things were much worse than they are now. And the inherient problems of a game built around microtransactions still exist, even if they have softened the impact they made at launch. Nonetheless, the game has proved itself to me enough that I am now willing to recommend it, so I will begrudingly perform that courtesy.
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649 of 890 people (73%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 5, 2013
Go play vanilla Puzzle Quest, at least that didn't ask you to keep playing for Daily Rewards!! or make you sink time/cash into healing your stable of characters whenever you played. Game is f2p as ♥♥♥♥ and you'd better believe it'll let you purchase Marvel Funcoins which can powerlevel heroes HMM I WONDER IF THERE'S A TERM FOR THAT

also as someone pointed out this dude has made a much better breakdown of the awful cash-grab nature of this game AND reveals that 'endgame' is PvP against other players! http://steamcommunity.com/app/234330/discussions/0/648813727931457773/
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108 of 126 people (86%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
4,228.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 2, 2014
Out of my entire Steam library this is the only game that will put me into bouts of swearing.
Do you want that?
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412 of 568 people (73%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 5, 2013
This game fails on many levels: It doesn't introduce anything new, story is delivered dry and with little variation, graphics consist of a small handfull of stills per hero and poor to at most mediocre effects, user interface is confusing and very obviously trying to push microtransactions at every corner, and unless you want to spend a lot on taking shortcuts to increase your level and power, you're likely going to get stuck in replays of levels, grinding away for many hours per improvement.
Free to play, sure. Pay to win, very much so. Overpriced? Most definitely.
I guess another game to throw on the heap of "let's ride the current hype with minimal effort".
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406 of 575 people (71%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 5, 2013
As others have said, microtransactions rule this game. I would have prefered them make a proper game and make it cost $10 instead of this. I enjoyed the first 2 puzzle quest games immensly and this doesn't hold a candle to them.

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79 of 102 people (77%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 12, 2014
Waste of time and money if you decide to 'save' your time. Don't bother. Too many good games that are actually free to play or that are actually worth what they charge to waste time on this badly designed PTW grind.
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426 of 662 people (64%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 5, 2013
Micro Transactions galore.
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