The Heroes of the Marvel Universe Unite With the Best In Puzzle Games
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Release Date: Dec 5, 2013

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"Free-to-play one-button game with a touch-friendly UI. Works fine, as well as any other Puzzle Quest game."

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November 17

R65 Is Live!

R65 is now available! Download today!

We give thanks this season for nature, animals, otherworldly beings, robots and good stories. Everyone loves a good story, right?

Gameplay
- Event end times Beta testing is set to begin soon. Testing to get underway for improvements to Event end times with the Hulk Versus Event.

UI, Tweaks & Bug Fixes
- Fixed a bug that prevented Leaderboard information from appearing.

- Support emails now include player data to streamline the support process.

- The Help and Credits buttons in the Options Menu have been improved.

- MPQ will now check for all Facebook friends that have MPQ instead of the first 1,000.

- The top open Alliances with active players, (players who have played in the last week,) will be shown first to players searching for an Alliance to join.

- Fixed a crash bug on launch for some users.

For full (English Only) Patch Notes, please visit http://www.d3pforums.com

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November 3

R64 Now Available! (11/03/2014)

R64 is now available! Download today!

As summer transforms to fall, a mutant waits in the shadows.

GAMEPLAY
- Alliance sizes have been set to 20 for all new and current Alliances.

CHARACTERS
- When Moonstone's Control Shift takes over a Countdown tile that replaces itself (like Molotov Cocktail or Flame Jet), Moonstone now keeps ownership of the Countdown tile when it replaces itself. This fixes some bugs where Countdown tiles could have the wrong descriptions or crash when they reverted to their original owners.

- Fixed a bug where, if a Team-Up Control Shift took control of a Countdown tile that did damage to its owner, an unrelated friendly character would take the damage. Now, because Moonstone isn't there to take the damage, no one takes it.

- Fixed a bug where the effect of matching Wolverine's Recovery tile was activating even if the Recovery tile was overwritten.

- Fixed a bug that could cause visual artifacts if passive powers triggered while matching a Trap tile or Wolverine's Recovery tile.

- Fixed a bug where matching Wolverine's Recovery tile would never affect Locked tiles (now it can, and will shatter the force bubble/web on them).

- Devil Dinosaur's Prehistoric Arms was mistakenly using Prehistoric Bite's sound effects. Now his tiny little arms have their very own sounds!

- Clarified the text of Beast's Mutagenic Breakthrough ability.

UI, TWEAKS & GENERAL BUG FIXES
- Fixed a bug where all suggestions would be entered into chat when using some T9/predictive keyboards.

- Fixed a crash after entering emoji into some text fields.

- Improved the list of suggested Alliances on the Alliance search page. You're now more likely to see more active Alliances.

- Fixed a bug where a Team-Up description viewed at the moment a Team-Up is awarded could show the description for the wrong level of the power.

- Moved "STUNNED" and "DOWNED" labels so that they're easier to read.

For full (English Only) Patch Notes, please visit http://www.d3pforums.com

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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

R65 is now available! Download today!

We give thanks this season for nature, animals, otherworldly beings, robots and good stories. Everyone loves a good story, right?

Gameplay
- Event end times Beta testing is set to begin soon. Testing to get underway for improvements to Event end times with the Hulk Versus Event.

UI, Tweaks & Bug Fixes
- Fixed a bug that prevented Leaderboard information from appearing.

- Support emails now include player data to streamline the support process.

- The Help and Credits buttons in the Options Menu have been improved.

- MPQ will now check for all Facebook friends that have MPQ instead of the first 1,000.

- The top open Alliances with active players, (players who have played in the last week,) will be shown first to players searching for an Alliance to join.

- Fixed a crash bug on launch for some users. (PC)

For full (English Only) Patch Notes, please visit http://www.d3pforums.com

About This Game

The best in match-3 puzzle gameplay meets Marvel’s biggest Super Heroes and Super Villains in the most epic puzzle adventure game out on your phone and tablet! Marvel Puzzle Quest combines your favorite Marvel characters with deep RPG leveling, player-vs-player tournaments, alliances, and much more. It’s time to unleash your inner Super Hero and wage war against your enemies.

Now featuring 100% more Deadpool!

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)

Features
• FREE TO PLAY
• Assemble the ultimate team from your favorite Marvel Super Heroes and Super Villains such as Captain America, Spider-Man, Hulk, Thor, Loki, Punisher, Black Widow, Venom, and much more!
• Harness the power of Iso-8 to upgrade your team and collect comics to unlock new characters and abilities.
• Introducing new characters from the Marvel Universe and continually expanding game features!
• Brand new tournaments and events are launched each month to offer players fresh gameplay to explore.
• Unmatched strategy and depth! Embark on a journey of a global scale and unleash your strength and wits with your favorite Marvel characters to outsmart and defeat your opponents.
• Build Alliances among your friends and compete against rival Alliances.
• Snag the top rank in Tournaments, Alliances, and Season Play for new character rewards and other prizes!
• Stop Norman Osborn and his worldwide terror spree and watch the story unravel as different forces such as the X-Men, S.H.I.E.L.D. and H.A.M.M.E.R. (Dark Avengers) compete for resources and influence.
• Be a part of the Marvel Universe in an epic story written by Marvel veterans Frank Tieri (Iron Man, Wolverine, Weapon X) and Alex Irvine (Iron Man: The Rapture, Daredevil Noir) based on the Dark Reign storyline, a monumental narrative in Marvel history.

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
    • Hard Drive: 250 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Windows Compatible Card
Helpful customer reviews
14 of 21 people (67%) found this review helpful
146.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
Pay to Win unfortunately :(
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
81.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 19
TL;DR - Avoid at all costs! I'm in too deep but it may not be too late for you.

I've been playing the version on iOS since October last year and a lot has changed. The game deals in ISO and Hero Points. ISO is common but you'll need lots and Hero Points are uncommon but both are required. How much you'll enjoy this game will depend on how much money and time you'll be OK with sinking into this hole.
You collect covers of characters. Each cover is arranged in a 1-4 star configuration. 1* = common, 4* = super rare. How you can get covers is by either winning tournaments or by earning standard or heroic tokens and lucking in to a cover you require. A standard token would typically give you 1* cover with a sprinking of 2* cover and the day you get a 3* cover go get a lotto ticket. Heroic tokens are hard to come across but you can get anywhere up to 19 Heroic Tokens (personal experience) before you get a 3* cover. Why covers of characters and not the characters themselves? Because you can have more than one cover of the same character! Yes! Lazy! For instance, there are 3 covers of Storm - a 1*, 2* and 3* cover. Wolverine has 3 covers - a 2*, 3* and 4*. Thor has 3 covers - 2*, 3* and 4*, etc.
On top of that, most covers have 3 coloured moves and a maximum of 12 covers per chracter. Eg. Iron Man Model 40 (3*) - Unibeam (red), Ballistic Salvo (blue) and Recharge (yellow) (minus Bullseye (2*), Dr Doom (3*), Ragnarok (3*), Loki (3*) who all have 2 moves and a maximum of 10 covers). Meaning in order to max out your character, you need 12 covers and A LOT of ISO to level it up to full level. 1* covers level up to level 40, 2* = level 94, 3* = level 166 and 4* = level 270. Also, each cover takes up 1 roster slot. You can buy more with hero points!
You can buy cover packs with hero points/real money. They come in 1, 10, 42 packs. The amount of REAL money for hero points in this game is highway robbery. There is 0 value. If you were to spend money on this game, it would be in hero points but the little hero points you get for your hard earnt money is not even close to worth it. When you purchase a pack (because the only other time you can earn a 10 pack is through the season rewards), it USED TO guarantee at least one 3* cover. But they took that away because screw consumers. They don't want people having all the good covers by simply getting a "cheap" (it's not cheap) 10 pack with at least one guaranteed 3* cover in it. No no, we want you to jump through hoops to earn that 3* cover! What it DOES guarantee is a higher chance of getting a particular cover! So instead of of chance being 0.8%, it's 5.6%! They are REAL stats pulled right from the game! So if you get a 10 pack, you still have a VERY HIGH CHANCE of getting NO 3* covers! And this game uses them as the highest currency! From the 7 seasons so far, I have had 3 x 10 packs with 0 x 3* covers. This is what we're all aiming for! 3 and 4* covers! You think your hero points cost you a lot? Yes sure, but what are they REALLY worth?!? They can only buy you CHANCES of getting covers! If you already have one colour and you want another, you CAN SPEND 1250 Hero Points per 3* cover.
You have two types of game: PvE (Story) and PvP (tournaments). When you start the game, you can go through the prolog (PvE) which is one of the worst stories ever told. You know that episode of the Simpsons where Burns pulls out the piece of paper from the monkeys typewriter and he reads out, "It was the best of times, it was the BLURST of times?!?" well, that monkey seems more capable of writing a better story than what is present here. Quite honestly, I've stop reading all the "story" in this game months ago as it's merely a flimsy glue that holds this ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ game together.
It's not really pay to win because you can win tournaments (PvP) with a bad roster. The only difference is how active you are in playing. It's a game that masquerades as a casual puzzle game in the vein of bejeweled but make no mistake - they is no puzzle aspect and it's purely a numbers game that forces you to grind and pray that you finish first. All it takes to win is enough time to persist. You can have a strong team and if the computer feels like you're winning too often, it can decide to drop matching gems in favour of the enemy team. I've lost to a team half my level because the tiles dropped in the enemies favour. If you're up against someone who is too hard, you can skip them until you get someone easy. When you lose a round, it really hurts you because you get 5 health packs on a timer - 36 minutes for each health pack. And if you have a limited roster, it shortens the amount of covers you can use in a tournament. Once you've used up all health packs and your covers, you have to wait OR you can buy more health packs. One method of winning is purchasing health packs with real money/hero points and just continue playing until you've earned a score which is hard to beat. Then spend MORE real money/hero points to secure your position with a sheild. You don't really face people in PvP. You face their roster and the computer uses their roster. So how does the computer know which covers to use from other people's roster? Dunno. You would think it would pull their strongest characters but it doesn't always. If you find yourself towards the top of the tournament, you become enemy #1 and your team has a high chance of ending up in other people's list to face. If you don't have a sheild, you can lose points when your team is defeated by others. The only benefit in having the 3 star characters is more people to use in the roster. When your team gets naturally stronger with more 3* characters, you face stronger enemies so your weaker 2* becomes more useless.
Also, it is worth noting that some characters are USELESS such as Bagman Spiderman and Bullseye. Bagman Spiderman has 3 useless moves, each more usless than the next and Bullseye is a 2* with 2 moves which means his max level is 78. And while he can lay down defense tiles like crazy, he can't take a hit which makes him pretty useless. All your 1* covers are useless 99% of the time once you develop an even remotely strong team.
Why it's not really pay to win as well is because this game has no end to it. The end is you have all the covers. And they continually release new characters so the end to this game is when they shut down the servers or stop releasing new characters. It also feels like they do very little testing with the new characters/covers they release. We see it often when a new character comes out. It's hard to get excited about it when we know the second a bunch of people flock to the new character, it means its overpowered and will be nerfed.
Also, saving is a little ♥♥♥♥. If you want to save your progress, it is only possible through Facebook connect on iOS. I didn't see any feature on PC and I don't know what Android saving is like.

If you hate your life and after reading what I've had to say still want to go through with your cult suicide decision to play the game, go join an alliance. They now cost nothing and the benefits are huge. Although you need to accept that your alliance will never be in the top 10 unless you have contacts and join one of the already established X-Men groups who are always in the top 10. Hell, it's hard to even place top 100 alliance without all 20 players being dedicated to winning.

In over a year, I've had to step back from the game 3 times because it has made me that angry and upset. I now play on a very casual basis and I can only ever treat it like that otherwise you burn out. I loved Puzzle Quest 1, 2 and to a degree, galactrix. But this is just dead ♥♥♥♥.
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
310.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 7
I enjoy the team dynamic of the game compared with other Puzzle Quest games. It's fun and challenging to try to figure out what heros go well together as a team. It's a good combination of strategy and luck. Although, one of the things I don't like is that the luck factor seems to be often one-sided, where everything seems to go your way, or your opponents way.
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10 of 16 people (63%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
Do not fall for it!
Let me be clear: This game has great potential! It takes the formula of Puzzle Quest and improves on the combat and adds a lot of personality through the Marvel liscense!
That being said, what it comes down to ultimately, is a very cynical cash-grab.
The moneytization is tailor made to abuse the player in every way.
Let me explain:
There are two kinds of currency:
Violet Iso (regular)
Gold (premium)
Both can be bought with real cash.
Now, both drop after successful missions. But only once! Every reward is locked after one drow. Afterwards, doing missions (which can take up to half an hour) only reward 20 Iso (to give a comparison: a booster pack costs 500 Iso). So, you have to do a mission 25 times to get enough Iso to buy a booster.
Now, why not stick with the heroes you get and level them up?
Because the only way to level up heroes is by either spending premium currency directly OR getting more copies of the comics, the heroes originate from. And the latter can only be achieved by buying booster packs. Which only give a chance to obtain the right comic.
Furthermore, there is only one rarity category that can be bought with Iso-currency. The lowest, of course. And while you do have a chance to get a rare card from this category, the game is very honest about the fact that your chance is slim.
And don't forget that you need several copies of one comic to level your hero up.
This is a very blatant cash grab, made worse by the artwork. Yes, sadly, the artwork is very lackluster. The artist went for a semi-realistic style with dynamic posing. Sadly, the borders of different colours are very visible, which makes characters look unclean and bloaty and he had issues with contrasts and forshortening, making people look very strange and their clothes feel dodgy. (Take a look at Black Widow or Thor and you should see what I mean)
I repeat: Do not spend money on this game! It does not warrant it at all!
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 12
Don't play this game. Go play bejewled or somethign else. This game gets old very fast.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
377.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 17
Steals your time or your money. I'm glad to have stoped playing it.
I want this as a 15$ Game without microtransactions and a better system.
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4 of 7 people (57%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 13
i was just playing lighting round i had 331 points. i use 100 hero points my sheild is up i exit the field and the next page shows that i lost 3 points. making my new score297 far below my original points. this game is a shame if they steal your points then theres no point in playing. id like my 2 lightning round awards they were above heroic. this game needs to be more accurate or ill just stick to candy crush.
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7 of 13 people (54%) found this review helpful
2,258.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 5
It´s interesting that some guys write a review who only played the game for 1 hour...
MPQ is a "long-term-game" where you can slowly improve your heros.


+ you can play whole story for free; after that you can decide if you like to go further
+ sometimes you get free covers, few gold or tokens just for logging in
+ it makes fun to play once you came over the "critical point" in game (too weak heros to win at PVP)


- there is a point in game, where you have to spend some money if you want to play PVP too.
- you have 2 buy 2 times gold for 18 Euro each (minimum!) 1 for new hero slots; 1 for new covers.
- you have 2 be patient on leveling up your heros; otherwise you should better play Jewels, Tetris or Bubble Town etc.
- some language and grammatical mistakes in bubbles; -designed for portable devices

Thats the truth about the game! - so take it or leave it :D I hope that review can help you about your decision. Bye, ♥♥!
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
9.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 9
Want my opinon? Not a pay-to-win. I've played this game on my phone for a long time and haven't spent a single dime and I have some of the rarest characters in the game.
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2 of 6 people (33%) found this review helpful
86.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 8
Good but gets really grindy unless you buy from the shop. Not free to play. Its pay to play well.
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2 of 6 people (33%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 12
Fun simple game. Probably not for you if you don't the puzzle/casual genre. But if you like Marvel I would recommend it
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1 of 4 people (25%) found this review helpful
5.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
Good game consdering its genre. You won't be bored soon enough to abandon it and it's a fun way to spend 30 minute sessions of your life.
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1 of 4 people (25%) found this review helpful
194.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
First off, it is free. I personally have not paid one dime to the devs. And I have a full roster of rare, legendary, and gold characters. If you choose not to pay as I chose NOT to pay, then you must have patience. I only played when I wanted. I didn't get obssessed with the events. I simply played casually. And it all fell into place. I started with Ironman, Black Widow, and Juggernaut. Kept winning with that combination and started collecting several other characters. My favorite line up right now is Thor, Black Widow (rare), and Juggernaut (or Storm..again, rare one).

If you have patience and are not going to get swept up in having to win every event, not have to win every cover, not force yourself to play 3 or 4 hours a day then this game will be fine for you.

The game concept is simple: match tiles/blocks to destroy segments but with the Puzzle Quest twist of having special powers to activate once you collect certain colored tiles (AP).

I can confidently recommend this game. But you have to know what kind of player you are. If you need instant gratification and know you'll get ♥♥♥♥ed if you can't unlock all covers quickly or win every single event to get more covers, then don't play this game. If you feel you will reach into your pocket and throw all your money at this game to get a pay to win advantage and that is what is going to ♥♥♥♥ you off, then don't play this game.

But if you can enjoy the game casually it can be very rewarding.

And hey if you DO want to throw your money at it, then go ahead.

Either way the game actually is fun. I just have to tell myself not to get wrapped up in the treasures that always seem to be outside my grasp. I kept my money in my pocket and played casually (10 hours a week or less). And when I figured that out, treasures started falling in my lap.
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1 of 4 people (25%) found this review helpful
94.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 17
interesting game
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1 of 7 people (14%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 18
Candy crush is better than this.
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7.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
Although am a DC fan but a really Good Game!!! Recommended for Marvel Fans!!
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531.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 26
Very addicting game. does require patience as you build up and learn to not get easily frustrated. One drawback is when they release new heros very hard to get and once you do not usuable right away due to being ineffective when playing against others. Can be very grindy sometimes.
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4.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
Mobile version is better in almost every way. The game is still fun but the GUI is very clumsy and the graphics are not as good as the Android version.
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54.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 4
good in short
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1.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 9
It's fun
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