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 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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July 7

R104 Arriving! (July 07, 2016)

R104!
Gamma gamma hey!
What’s New…
Versus combat with Peggy Carter!
Juggernaut PVE!
What’s Changed…
• VIP mode now underway! Fixed purchase error bug related to VIP mode.
• Leveling characters much faster when using Raise Level button.
• Selling a cover in your Reward Cache no longer sends you to the top of the Reward Cache list.
• Nick Fury no longer has his back turned to the enemy during battle.
• Fortified tiles no longer lose Fortification effect when converted to a Countdown tile.
• Banner at the beginning of Wave 2 no longer displays Wave 1.
• Screen shake animation no longer continues when viewing Options Menu after using Steve Rogers (First Avenger)'s Shield Bash.
• Fixed Countdown tile descriptions for Criterion's Shadow Knives & Detonate and Control's Teleneuropathy.
• Gameboard no longer sometimes fails to reshuffle when no matches are available.
• Incorrect tiles no longer highlighted during the move tile hint sequence.
• Yelena Belova has been removed from Standard packs and Prologue. She can still be earned as mission rewards in Versus events.
• Fixed PC bug: Iso-8 amounts now update correctly after spending Iso-8 to level a character.

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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

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.

Just Updated

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.

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
Customer reviews
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Mixed (2,881 reviews)
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ZEbani
( 17.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 26
Pay to win
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280 Pound Lips
( 3,976.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 17
I've been playing this game a lot. I have almost 4000 hours on record. Today I tried to play and found out it launched me into a game as if I were brand new. None of my roster shows up. This bug is the kind of thing that is a show-stopper for a game like this.
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NightKnight
( 22.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 15
This is game can not be more pay to win. In fact, it is the a pay to play game with typical waiting for 'health gauge to fill up or pay a price'. Even though the card arts are fansy and card types are abundent, it is no reason for develop to charge this much for a game. Please every one stay away from it. Play the classical puzzle quest, please.
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AnkhWarrior
( 233.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 9
As someone who has played the game for a lot more te they should have, I highly recommend against this game. I'm a huge Marvel nerd. I play Avengers Alliance, Heroes, and Future fight. So why a I against this one? It's addictive, but not in a good. It isn't a game which is quite fun. It is a game which quickly turns into a job, of you trying to earn specific characters. The problem, is you can only get these characters by sheer luck, and that fact that they reworked both methods of recruiting them to be less enjoyable is even worse. I ultimately decided to abandoned the game.
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Junzi Nicuzn
( 634.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 7
A good mindless time waster. Pay to win, but those with patience can avoid the need to do so. The PVP is kinda pointless, you're playing your team against anothers, but the other's is computer controlled. A good way to kill some minutes while working on something else.
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dsds212011
( 0.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 6
Greedy Developers. Game has gotten much worse due to greed. Rewards do not equal effort. The entire progression system is based on luck. even if you play a lot, you can still end up really behind due to rng based progression.

Also playing more makes the game less fun due to scaling. The game is compleletly broken. Changes are constant with 1 good change with 2-3 bad changes that only cause to spend more money/time for little return.
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Kerpsi
( 13.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 4
Seems like a decent puzzle game, but it is ruined with poor monetization.
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VIRTURS x Adobe Project 1324
( 14.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 2
10/10 would cheat engine
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snatske_20
( 1,618.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 2
what a great game
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shiftingshades
( 771.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
Possibility to get good/powerful characters if lucky, not necessary to pay to win
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
9 of 12 people (75%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
3,976.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 17
I've been playing this game a lot. I have almost 4000 hours on record. Today I tried to play and found out it launched me into a game as if I were brand new. None of my roster shows up. This bug is the kind of thing that is a show-stopper for a game like this.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
233.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 9
As someone who has played the game for a lot more te they should have, I highly recommend against this game. I'm a huge Marvel nerd. I play Avengers Alliance, Heroes, and Future fight. So why a I against this one? It's addictive, but not in a good. It isn't a game which is quite fun. It is a game which quickly turns into a job, of you trying to earn specific characters. The problem, is you can only get these characters by sheer luck, and that fact that they reworked both methods of recruiting them to be less enjoyable is even worse. I ultimately decided to abandoned the game.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
634.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 7
A good mindless time waster. Pay to win, but those with patience can avoid the need to do so. The PVP is kinda pointless, you're playing your team against anothers, but the other's is computer controlled. A good way to kill some minutes while working on something else.
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5 of 8 people (63%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
19.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 28
this game is horribly over priced and designed to only reward those who play all day every day or spend tons of money. The draw/drop rates are a complete lie.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 6
Greedy Developers. Game has gotten much worse due to greed. Rewards do not equal effort. The entire progression system is based on luck. even if you play a lot, you can still end up really behind due to rng based progression.

Also playing more makes the game less fun due to scaling. The game is compleletly broken. Changes are constant with 1 good change with 2-3 bad changes that only cause to spend more money/time for little return.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
236 of 293 people (81%) found this review helpful
27 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
580.2 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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139 of 160 people (87%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1,144.6 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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649 of 889 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 125 people (86%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
4,064.6 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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