The Marvel Universe comes to life in the original match 3 RPG: Marvel Puzzle Quest!
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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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May 4

The R75 Update Is Here! (May 04, 2015)

It's time for the R75 update!

R75 Patch Notes:

We're aiming to please with our next character...

UI, Tweaks & Bug Fixes
- It now takes 30% less Iso-8 to level a 3-star character and 15% less Iso-8 to level up a 4-star character.
- A game board slider showing enemy AP values is now displayed when enemies gain or lose AP.
- Abilities that check for the opposing team’s strongest AP will no longer choose an empty pool in the case of a tie.
- Faster initial load times implemented when the game is played for the first time.
- Fixed a bug where the progression bar would sometimes not appear in the Post-Battle Screen.

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April 21

R74 is Live! (April 4th, 2015)

R74 has arrived!

A hero need not be human...

UI, Tweaks & Bug Fixes
- Further reduced the size of the initial install of the game.
- Fixed a bug where breaking Shields before they expired would sometimes cause other Shields to be on cooldown.
- Fixed a bug with Professor X's Blind Spot ability. When an Invisibility tile is placed over a Trap tile, the Invisibility icon on the tile will now appear as intended.
- Due to issues with functionality, players can no longer earn Star-Lord’s abilities Everyone with Me and Oldest Trick in the Book as Team-Ups.
- Updated covers for Ares (Dark Avengers), Daken (Classic), Daken (Dark Avengers)
-Numerous back-end fixes made to support upcoming Events.coming Events.

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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

It's time for the R75 update!

R75 Patch Notes:

We're aiming to please with our next character...

UI, Tweaks & Bug Fixes
- It now takes 30% less Iso-8 to level a 3-star character and 15% less Iso-8 to level up a 4-star character.
- A game board slider showing enemy AP values is now displayed when enemies gain or lose AP.
- Abilities that check for the opposing team’s strongest AP will no longer choose an empty pool in the case of a tie.
- Faster initial load times implemented when the game is played for the first time.
- Fixed a bug where the progression bar would sometimes not appear in the Post-Battle Screen.

Just Updated

CHANGES COMING IN SEASON XIII (Apr. 02, 2015)

Hi, all,

Will here from Demiurge to talk about some changes you can expect in Season XIII.

Here’s the quick summary; more details below:
Higher chances of drawing 3-stars from packs.
Changes to Versus matchmaking. We’re fixing some bugs where certain players can see matches much harder or easier than intended, making some changes to soften the “wall” where all of a sudden you start being matchmade with teams that are much harder, and addressing cases where players new to Versus get attacked an extremely high number of times.
The maximum number of times that +AP boosts can be stacked changes from 3 to 2. We still think that there’s interesting gameplay that comes from +AP boosts, and don’t want to get rid of them, but we’ve come to the conclusion that it’s impossible to balance characters in such a way that they’re fairly matched both when players start with 6 AP in a color and when they don’t.
Changes to Versus progression rewards. The 2-star and 3-star characters and the first 1000 Iso-8 award become easier to get. An additional event pack token has been added to the rewards.

Higher Chances of 3-stars
Most packs have a higher chance of a 3-star, and a lower chance of drawing a 2-star. The exact amount of the change depends on the pack. The magnitude of the change is similar to what it will be in the 1x Heroic pack, where the odds of a 3-star increase by about 33% (they used to make up about 14% of the pack, and now make up about 18.6% of the pack).

The Deadpool Daily Quest and Standard (500 Iso-8) packs aren’t affected by this change. The Heroic pack and all event packs are affected.

This change will take effect with a patch late in the day Eastern time on 4/2.

Matchmaking Changes
We’re shifting matchmaking calculations to achieve the following aims:
We used to use a persistent, hidden Versus rating to help with matchmaking. There were a number of ways where that could cause some quirkiness where people’s hidden rating gets far off from what we expect, and their matches are much harder or easier than they should be. That hidden rating no longer figures into matchmaking, fixing these issues.
The removal of hidden rating makes it so that purposely losing to get easier fights stops being effective.
Newcomers to PvP stop getting pounded on quite so badly, and retaliation fights are more likely to be within reach.
The flipside to that is that higher-level players see less super-easy targets. You’ll generally see opponents with a minimum difficulty of roughly one star level below you. (Players with maxed 3-star teams will see maxed 2-star teams and stronger, for example.) If there's a shortage of opponents worth a meaningful number of points in this band, you can be matched with easier teams than that. And if you climb high enough in the event, anyone can see you as an opponent, even if they’re much higher level.
The experience of suddenly hitting a wall and seeing much harder teams is reduced. The upper bound on how difficult a team we match you with gradually increases as it becomes harder to find good matches for you, so you can still expect matches to get harder as you climb higher in an event.

This change will be a part of the Versus event starting on the evening of 4/2 and all Versus events that follow. Balance of Power will be unaffected by these changes.

Boost Stacking Change
The Team-Up +AP boost, all-color +AP boost, and 2-color +AP boosts used to be stackable up to 3 times. They can now be stacked up to 2 times.

We’ve come to the conclusion that it’s not possible to balance the game for cases where people are using as much +AP as was available before and cases when they’re not. We still think that +AP boosts are an interesting piece of the game, and we want to keep them available, just reduce their maximum power.

For some of the most highly competitive players, this will have an effect on the speed of matches in Versus. We’re keeping an eye on how this affects Versus scores and, as with all changes that could have an effect on Versus scores, we’ll adjust progression rewards if that proves necessary.

This change will take effect with a patch late in the day Eastern time on 4/2.

Changes to Progression Rewards
The following progression rewards change in Versus:

Old:
200: 250 Iso-8
500: 2-star
650: 1000 Iso-8
800: Event token
900: 3-star

New:
200: 2-star
500: 1000 Iso-8
650: Event token
800: 3-star
900: Event token

This change will be a part of the Versus event starting on the evening of 4/2 and all Versus events that follow.

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
    • Hard Drive: 250 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Windows Compatible Card
Helpful customer reviews
56 of 75 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
378.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 17, 2014
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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57 of 79 people (72%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
81.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 19, 2014
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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19 of 28 people (68%) found this review helpful
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 6
Well, another match-3 game, this one with a Marvel super heroes skin slapped on it.
The game does look flashy, and it's not that bad.

You can assemble your avengers and do "battles" against forces of evil. From certain levels you can win "comic covers" which will give you a new hero or level up their skills. And iso points to level up their level. :/ it's a bit of an odd leveling system there, where you have to level up skills first before you can level up your heroes, but oh well... it works.

But again the play limiting+pay to play system is in place.
This time it doesn't limit your play directly, but rather; when your heroes get beat up, they need time to heal back up. Or BUY a healthpack (oh well, at least you can win these too). See where that's heading? Yup... Another one of thóse things.
At least you can keep playing as long as you're on a lucky streak.

My recommendation for all of these terrible play limiting/pay2play games is negative.
I'm not recommending anyone to stay away from them (unless they have an addictive personality), but I'd certainly recommend anyone not to put a single dime into these terrible payment models. They're not worth it.
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20 of 33 people (61%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
1,984.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 25
Game is decent at best. The advantages the computer has is ridiculous. Constantly color starving you, massive cascades, and extra turns. It happens very often, one turn and the match is over for you. You can do this as well, but no where near the extent it happens for the computer. If you haven't invested much into the game, it is not worth it. It is a free game heavily designed as pay to win.

The game is tailored to have you spend money. Of course this is the main purpose of the game. Be it you spend money to try to get characters, to buy slots, to advance your characters to a point that you can compete, or just to heal so you can participate in events. The game is just not fun, it is tedious and repetitive. They constantly recycle events and try to force you to spend money in order to get the required characters to compete. If you are not a Marvel fan, it is probably best to avoid this game. 1 out of 10.
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12 of 19 people (63%) found this review helpful
449.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 4
I have played this game over 350 hours, and I have only put $1 into this game, which was when I first started playing. Personaly, I do not recommend that anyone put money into this game because a lot of people have already done that, so the outcome would be rather disapointing, but that is left to your discretion.

This game has very interesting machanics for a puzzle game and the fact that it is Marvel is very cool. I also enjoy the animations for the character abilities. Additionally, the story content is usually humorous and fun to follow.

The game has changed in a few ways over the last year.

First, when I started playing this game it was almost imposible to win in PvP or random events because people that put lots of money into the game had better characters at much higher levels. However, I continued to play and found ways to deal with it. But there is better news for new players. The game has been switched so that players are paired with other players around thier average level. So basically add all your character levels and divide by two. This machanic also tries to push people away from the idea of getting one high level character because it would offset your team average and put you at a disadvantage in a higher tier.

Originally, there were certain lower level characters with overpowered abilities, which have since been nerfed or changed to even out lower tiers because earning certain characters is a chance of luck and not everyone is lucky enough to get those characters early on.

I think the game has overall changed for the better, eventhough there were a few changes I didn't like.

As a new player it would be much advised to play through most of the STORY content in order to build a decent team and obtain COIN to purchase more character slots (I would advise that you use COIN ONLY to purchase character slots because you dont get a lot and it costs more and more for ever 3rd or 4th slot obtained).

I hope this was insightful. If so please rate it as helpful.

Thanks and enjoy!
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
693.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 24
Bait and switch microtransaction galore... you would expect a match-three game to be casual, but actually if you want to get anywhere in this game you must play at least an hour and a half every eight hours every day, every night - its a grindy borefest. The company doesnt care about playerbase, they just want to squeeze money from people before they eventually realize the game sucks and quit.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 22
Honestly, after moving to my iPad and playing for over 8 months, I can tell you how good this game was and how bad this game is right now.

To start with, the old Matchmaking system is fairly easy to adapt to. You get to see opponents based on the points you have earned. The old system is really harsh for new players to handle at first but you will be able to handle it without no trouble later. Before the recent health changes and the nerf to mulitple heroes, most of the new released heroes (Starting from Iron Fist onwards) are completely broken to the point that destroys the fun out of the entire game.

After the Matchmaking changes, only new players can find easy and fair fights while transitioners and most of the players without full level roster could no longer climb up the rank. Some heroes were nerfed to a point which are uplayable. The developer promised a buff for Inivisible Woman a year ago and ended up nerfing her even harder.

With all the recent disappointment, many veteran players are leaving MPQ. So if you are a new player and finding this game extremely easy, good luck, because you will find the game so hard to play with once you decide to level up your heroes. So, make sure when you play as a new player, keep all your hero unlevel for the rest of your life. I promise you, it will make your game, very enjoyable indeed.

This review shall be my parting gift to the developer and ♥♥♥♥ YOU VERY MUCH!
(never in my life have I written a game review with a foul word, this time, I use it glady in your face)
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1,039.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 28
Let's see...they recently completely screwed up the 2-star Magneto to ensure that waaaayyy fewer people would be able to achieve the Deadpool Daily, and now they're adding third-rate characters at light speed so we'll be sure to spend our gold on those character slots so that we can actually play. Add in that this thing just crashed on me for the umpteenth time tonight (nothing else crashes on this machine, BTW...only this app (Steam version), ensuring that my characters end up injured and unable to complete a level in a time-limited event (not to mention the health packs I burned on them just before starting the fight where it crashed at the beginning)), and I'm starting to think that I need to abandon this game entirely...

It used to be great. But the devs keep releasing bullcrap to try to force spending, and the bugs are costing me awards and time. I think I'll go back to playing FPSs...this thing is giving me a rash now. Maybe if they fix it, I'll come back.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
54.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 26
A Match-Three game in the genre of Candy Crush or Bejeweled, only with Marvel characters and micro transactions. There's a small storyline in there, but nothing exciting.
Once the novelty wore off, I uninstalled.

If you like Match-Three and you like Marvel, this may be right up your alley. For anyone else, it's a temporary distraction that you'll soon forget about.
6/10
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 18
This game has the potential to be a great match-3 type game. I thouroughly enjoyed the original Puzzle Quest game so I thought I'd give this a try. I was really enjoying it until I realized how much money will need to be dumped into the game to unlock things that are needed. The microtransactions in this game are ridiculous! I have no problem throwing a few bucks here and there at a dev that has a quality product, but the costs are so bad that it's not worth my time. Reduce the cost of the microtransactions and I MIGHT play it again.
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 24
I have seen microtransactions done well. This. This does microtransactions as horridly as I have ever seen. There is a good game here somewhere. But it's buried under so much microtransaction [expletive deleted]...that it's just unplayable.
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7 of 13 people (54%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 19
Stopped playing when asked to make a username and was told I couldn't make a name containing "Hol" .. wtf?

Also the graphics bother my eyes.
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3 of 6 people (50%) found this review helpful
813.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 28, 2014
You know I am procrastinating when you see this game active.
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4 of 8 people (50%) found this review helpful
244.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 25
Addicting. Also, I've never spent a cent on this game and have advanced.
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9 of 18 people (50%) found this review helpful
7.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 1
The game is what it is. Complaining that it's freemium is silly, because you already knew that going in. The idea that you can't "win" without paying is also silly. There's no "winning" in an ongoing game. You might win or lose individual battles, but that has nothing to do with spending money. I invest little time in it on my mobile devices, and still manage to get in the top 100 in tournaments fairly regularly. If you want ALL of the covers and ALL of the characters, then yeah, you'll have to spend at some point. But it's perfectly playable with the random drops.

The one thing that does peeve me a bit is that there's no way to link mobile to PC. If you can link across mobile devices, you should be able to link to the PC version. I suspect that's because it's on Steam, but still frustrating. Though, if you do want to play a "new" game, it's good for that.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
18.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 30
Cons:
~ Monetized, and not well. Darn near everything costs and you will never have enough of whatever to do the job.
~ Rewards you cannot use until you pay or earn premium currency for the space to claim it.
~ Time-Based System would be acceptable if it were shorter.

Pros:
~ Puzzle Quest Series' infamous "Stacking the Deck against you in place of intelligent opponents" difficulty system seems to have been abandoned. You get lucky drops of new gems just as often as the CPU does. Defeat is not decided for you in advance.
~ Interesting improvement system, despite monetization angle.
~ Guild system and game modes that reward you for acting together, though apart (sharing powers, guild-wide rewards in their special events). Makes many good things you get into benefits you can share (such as your great high-level card being sent out as a backup to allies).

Play it. Cautiously.
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5 of 10 people (50%) found this review helpful
10.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 9, 2014
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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4 of 8 people (50%) found this review helpful
165.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 15
I enjoy match-3 games, and this comes with all of the benefits and drawbacks that come with competitive versions. (Matches aren't timed, but opponents take alternating turns against you, with possibilities for long strings of watching the computer play when it gets a lucky combo.) The game makes full use of 4- and 5-matches, giving each a different bonus, and recognizing T-shaped and L-shaped 5-matches. (Games that don't do this drive me crazy.)

As a free-to-play game, I like that everything in-game is still accessible without purchase. Progression is a bit slower, of course, but it is possible to win "hero points" (in-game gold) and expand the slots available for heroes.

The unique elements of this game are two-fold:
1) A collectable card-game like element of choosing which heroes to keep and level up, and which combinations to use in each battle.
2) A chance for gamers not already steeped in superhero lore to get to know Marvel characters and interactions a bit better. It's quickly turning me into a fan!

There are two modes of play: "story mode" and "versus".
* Story mode has in-character intro and outro dialog, pulling you into a comic storyline. It's a fun way to immerse yourself in the lore of the Marvel universe.
* Versus mode pits your selection of heroes against heroes from another player's roster. It is worth noting that you are not actually playing the other person, but rather the AI using their heroes and abilities. This is a huge positive for me, because I don't have to deal with connection lags, people who afk for long periods, or trolling in a chat window. But if you're looking to match wits against a human opponent, this might leaving you wanting for more.

Over 40 hours in, this continues to be a deeply engaging game!
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4 of 8 people (50%) found this review helpful
351.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 31
I had my doubts about this game when I first played it over a year ago. But after such time, I've seen this game, grow, and mature with the addition of new characters, events, and much much more. A lot of the free to play mechanics have been worked out so you no longer feel like the game is reaching for your wallet. The devs who worked on this game really great people who I had the fortune of working closely with them; they know what they're doing; they do listen to the community!
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
30.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 3
Well, I have this on my PC, my driod, and my iphone. Suffice it to say, its a pretty damn good game. Its simple and straightforward, and it truely is F2P. Now i know there are a lot of people who pay into the game, and honestly, i find it to be good enough to sink some money into. But i personally have never paied into it and ive been quite successful thus far. With the majority of my character covers coming from standard recruit packs (some examples: X-Force Wolverine, Deadpool, Doom, and Hulk). Also, I have an instagram page that i, at one point, dedicated to this game and there are a lot of tips and discussions about certian characters and their usefullness in the game itself, and also some team combos that have proven helpful. Should you want to check that out for more info related to the game, my instagram is squarishvirus. So, in conclusion, i give it a 4.5 out of 5. Only because a recent changed magnetos pink power. Though its still useful, he isnt in the upper tier teams anymore.
Thanks and i hope this was helpful and illuminating
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