The Heroes of the Marvel Universe Unite With the Best In Puzzle Games
User reviews: Mixed (2,357 reviews)
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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December 15

R67 Now Available! (12/15/2014)

R67 is now available! Download today!

Season’s Greetings and happy holidays to everyone!

It seems that this month, Santa isn't the only hero wearing red!

We're very excited to announce that a brand new PVE gameplay mode will be arriving soon. (Hint: "The Law of Inverse Ninja Strength.") But wait, there's more! The Story Wolverine really the ally you think he is?!

R67 Patch Notes:

UI, Tweaks & Bug Fixes
- Shields may now have cooldowns depending on the Event. The cooldown is displayed below the amount of time the Shield lasts.

- Players can now preview Event rewards before an Event starts by tapping the “Event in..” Chapter button or the Rewards button on the time selection dialog.

- Default starting opponents in Versus play now always report the correct amount of "current points" they have.

- Hulk's Anger will no longer fire from allied abilities.

For full (English Only) Patch Notes, please visit

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December 1

R66 Available Now!

Here's wishing a very happy holiday and bountiful harvest to all Marvel Puzzle Quest players!

- Loading screen now 300% more Galactic.

- Team-Up AP Tutorial now properly appears during the intro missions.

- Clarified that users keep Team-Ups when recalling a character from On Patrol.

- Recruit Token counts now display when the user has over 99 tokens.

- Button added to go to an applicable Comic Pack when user is missing an Essential character.

Full (English only) Patch Notes can be found at:

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“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 –

“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 –

“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 –

Update Notes

R67 is now available! Download today!

Season’s Greetings and happy holidays to everyone!

It seems that this month, Santa isn't the only hero wearing red!

We're very excited to announce that a brand new PVE gameplay mode will be arriving soon. (Hint: "The Law of Inverse Ninja Strength.") But wait, there's more! The Story Wolverine really the ally you think he is?!

R67 Patch Notes:

UI, Tweaks & Bug Fixes
- Shields may now have cooldowns depending on the Event. The cooldown is displayed below the amount of time the Shield lasts.

- Players can now preview Event rewards before an Event starts by tapping the “Event in..” Chapter button or the Rewards button on the time selection dialog.

- Default starting opponents in Versus play now always report the correct amount of "current points" they have.

- Hulk's Anger will no longer fire from allied abilities.

For full (English Only) Patch Notes, please visit

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.” - (Editors’ Choice Award)

• 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

    • 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
42 of 54 people (78%) found this review helpful
66.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 17
♥♥♥♥ 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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25 of 27 people (93%) found this review helpful
1,997.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 2
Ok, I have put a lot of time, effort, and some money into this game.
Overall at this point I must say that I would not recommend this game.

Basically when you first start playing the game it captures your interest quite well. Being based on the Marvel characters and universe was enough to do that for me. Upgrading your roster and characters from star level 1 to star level 2 is challenging but enjoyable as you can easily see the improvements. So you get a nice feeling of progression.

Unfortunately once you start to move past star level 2 characters into star level 3 and 4 characters things start to go bad.

Upgrading your roster and characters from star level 2 to star level 3 becomes a nightmare because you first have to upgrade them 50% before they start to become useable. The playing time alone to gather the required resources to upgrade one star level 3 character 50% could take you a month. Throw in the fact that there is no scaling or bracketing in this game and players that already have full power star level 3 characters will sap points and rank from anyone below them and you start to get an idea of just how difficult a task this is.

For arguements sake, if you were going to spend 'real money' to upgrade a star level 3 character 50% instead of just playing the game it would cost you about US$100+. If you were going to buy all the powers for one character and max them out completely it would cost about US$400-US$600. So really, I would assume most people are inclined to play the game to gather the required resources instead.

Note that everything costs more as you progress. Characters from each star level catagory; ie: 1, 2, 3, and then 4 have an increase in 'experience' levels, hit points, damage per gem, and super power damage levels by almost double. But coming with that is an almost doubling of resources and costs involved for said characters.

This all adds up to the fact that the time you invest in the game has to increase as well. Where you might have been able to do well putting two hours a day into the game you will then have to put in three and then four hours a day. This doesn't mean all in one sitting just total overall time played per day. There maybe up to three events running simultaneously and if you wanted to do well in all of them you can sink alot of your time into it. You may feel obliged to do this since events are usually put into 'Seasons' and you may not see an specific event again until the next season or two in the future. 'Seasons' typically seem to run for the length of a month.

It's kind of awkward how events are setup. Each event usually lasts for 2 days or if longer are broken down into 'stages'. These longer events of up to a week are broken into 'stages' that last for 2 days each. What happens is to earn 'points' and keep you 'rank' up compared to everyone else, you have to play the 'stages' over and over as many times as 'plausible' in that 2 day period. 'Plausible' in that there is a 'full points' refresh timer of around 2.5 hours and also there is a point-catch-up (rubberbanding) system where the longer you wait between replaying the 'stage' the more points you can get. Also, each time you replay a 'stage' the difficulty and level of the enemy characters increase.

There are players that gain rank #1 and play the game every 2.5 hours even throughout the night. That is the type of competition you will be up against.

Ok, I want to end this review now as I think I have given you an insight into what is involved if you wanted to build and progress a roster of characters in this game. Or, what to expect once you have moved on from establishing a foundation.

A few other things that are really off putting:
A) Characters have been changed by the developers out of the blue. Usually termed as 'nerf' where characters are weakened or resulting in less useable. How annoying for those players that have spent time/resources building said characters up. You can sell characters, but you will only get a pittance of what you have put into them.

B) There have been a myriad of server issues over the time I have played this game. Sometimes this has had a catastrophic effect on the scores/ranks etc of whatever event was running at the time. Sometimes the developers have given out a form of compensation but not always. Two recent events had server glitches that cost me ranking high. Unfotunately they happen in the later half of the week long events when you have alreadly invested alot of time.

C) The free-for-all pvp system means that those with maxed out or high level characters can just stomp over everyone below them. How frustrating to come out of winning a battle for 20 points reward to be greeted by a message that you have been attacked by half a dozen players twice your level losing 200 points. They really need to incorporate some form of scalability or player bracketing to make play balanced.

I would recommend avoiding this game unless you are happy to invest all your free time into it.
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23 of 29 people (79%) found this review helpful
2,070.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 13
I really wanted to like this game, but the path chosen by the developers makes this one of the most frustrating experiences with a game I have ever had. The hours I have listed on this game are not technically accurate as I had it running in the background for days/weeks at a time. However I have easily put in 100's of hours into trying to like this game, hoping that the devs would fix the issues and it would improve. Ultimately I finally realized that there was near zero chance that would happen because the devs want the game to be this way.

First the lets talk about the good - If you enjoy PuzzleQuest you will like the mechanics, the incorporation of the Marvel license is topnotch both with writing and character design. If you can be content with just playing the story missions and only a small subset of the available champions then go ahead.

However if you are like me and want to play with the new champions when they are released and play the special events then you will pay. And if you pay realize that it is only a matter of time before that which you paid for is nerfed or sidelined or otherwise invalidated by whatever the newest cash grab from D3 is.

Here is how it works, lets say you have a set of beginning characters (called 2 star for their rarity) and are having fun. You see that a new character is being released (omg Nick Furry?! I want to play that one too!). In order to get covers for that character you have to buy them with real money, oh except you can't really buy them straight you have to buy a "pack" and hope you get the covers you want (along with a bunch of stuff you don't want). If you aren't willing to go that route then you will have to jump through some very specific hoops, namely you will be "competing" with other players for a chance to win the cover. You do this by direct competition (through a very very broken PvP style contest that I am not even going to get into its so bad) or by grinding away at special missions, missions that are designed to be overpowering and that will wound or kill your characters (requiring you to "rest" or buy medpacks with money). I don't know if I can stress how grindy these missions will be if you actually want a shot at the new cover, we are talking hours of playtime, but what is even worse is D3 picks the times you need to play. This is ultimately why I had to stop, in order to be successful with the rubber-banding and the like you had to be playing near the finish of each sub-event and each main event. That means you can't even just grind it out on your own time you needed to be hardcore during specific hours (forgot real life commitments). What I finally realized was there is no end game. That process described above is it. It doesn't get easier just harder, and not from a skill level just from a time commitment and frustration level. D3's entire model is to reward low level players greater then high level players to make them think rewards are quick and easy. Once you are hooked however you will constantly lose you chance at the new covers to the next wave of new players getting their hooks set. No only do I not recommend this to anyone I would be very cautious about ever playing anything from D3.
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12 of 12 people (100%) found this review helpful
1,039.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 2
This is a stupid game. The game itself is fine but the programming has destroyed it. The adjustments have been so obviously tilted to make you spend more money, no one in their right mind will play this. I love the game play but it has gotten so obvious that they are programming to help you if you spend a lot of money and not if you play the game. You should just give them your credit card and let them suck all your cash out of your pocket while you sit with your thumb in your mouth. The only thing these guys are doing is inspiring hate hate hate. What are they thinking?

Listen, unless you spend a lot of money, the programming is designed to destroy your abilit to win. The rewards for winning are just stupid. Even with a decent set of characters, you absolutely should not lose challenges 9 times out of 10. The only way this happens is if they assure that you will lose to inferior character sets according to how much money you have spent. The rewards are irrational. This is a joke.

You are a fool if you get started on this. It is a collection game but the best way to collect anything is to buy it, not bother to play. If you like paying $50 for a chance to get a virtual card, have a great time but this takes a good concept and destroys it. Play the game. You will love it. Then you will hate those who are controlling the economic model. If you start this game, you are throwing away your money. Better to poke yourself in the eye with a pencil. So, no, I don't recommend it at all.
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13 of 15 people (87%) 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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18 of 25 people (72%) found this review helpful
146.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
Pay to Win unfortunately :(
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
17.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 2
Game is entertaining, although it keeps you hooked with the idea that you will eventually get to use new and cool super heroes. Although its possible to unlock new heroes, in order to get the ones you want and be capable of leveling up, you either need a lot of time or to simply pay money.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 5
Moderately fun premise for a puzzle game to tie-in popular and well-loved characters and stories but it quickly becomes a transparent pay-to-win. If that is your bag, I'm sure you'll enjoy Marvel Puzzle Quest: Dark Reign but it was tedious at best for myself.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
1,553.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 12
Supposedly this was a good game when launched. Since I've been playing, they have done nothing but made it worse. Characters that were depended on to heal (and therefor increase your playtime) had that ability taken away. Other characters were weakened as well - beware if you depend on anyone to long, that person will be nerfed without warning! Additions such as "team ups" were added with obviously no testing put into them - everyone I read online and in my alliance pointed out horrible problems with them day one. This was yet another addition that removes health from your characters, in a blatent attempt to extort more money out of their userbase.

DO NOT think this is a "free to play" game. It is not a "pay to win" game, it is a "pay to play" game. The developers have ignored user feedback and implemented changes that constantly make it more difficult to play any session longer than half an hour. God help you if you are in Europe (with horrible ending times) or here on Steam (where you can't play when the developers want you to).

To keep their older userbase they add the rarer characters every other week, but this means for the new user you'll have to pay cash up front for roster spots to have any chance to collect these. These rares are hard to find: it also means you'll have a year of playtime before you can compete with those who had their characters built up early on from a smaller character pool.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
171.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 6
Can't recommend the game anymore after recent changes. What was a genuinely fun game has been ruined by changes that scream of greed on the part of the developer. Because healing spells only last for the current battle, I can now only play 2-3 rounds at a time (if I'm lucky) before I either have to pay real money or wait several hours for my team to heal themselves. Such a shame, as I was really starting to enjoy it, and was considering throwing some money into the game simply to show my appreciation. Now that it's kinda being forced on me, I can't bring myself to do it, and have been playing much less.
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6 of 7 people (86%) 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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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
208.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 8
do i recomend This game ? no

do i think the in-game gold prices are too high ? yes

do i hate the game developers ? at this point yes

did i hate the gameplay . . . no

when i first played this game I loved the gamplay,pictures,missions everthing about it (cept the pvp that was pretty bad)
but when some of the more recent updates showed up it was becoming more and more clear how much the game developers only real focus was how to get the money out of your pockets
as much as i like marvel comics and liked the gameplay i know that there are other games out there with this kind of gameplay but with more effort put into making a good game rather then trying to nab as much money from you as possible

will i return to this game. . ? i might but doubtful
will i spend any money on it? no
should you play this game? if the game still has new players joining they will still keep trying to get more money out of them but if you decide to play anyways after reading some reviews about it.
I won't stop you
Just warn you
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
474.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 17
The Game was great when it first started even after a year or so. It proved to be very friendly to new players and experienced players alike. They added new stuff along the way with loads of events to keep ya in the game including ones for the newbies so they can have a chance to win big as well. It was once a most brilliant game which encouraged you to play more and also gave ya plenty room to encourage you to purchase some roster slots aside from getting plenty of free ones through missions or getting lucky at that gold draw or even towards your allliance slots for new members untill they started changing things...alot of things. first started with just a no health gain which started quite a bit of commotion and also drastically decreased the amount of time people put into the game from hours to mere minutes decreasing its overall popularity. It seemed like a small thing being nothing big was changed after that cept new heroes with downgraded abilities of their older selves that were far weaker. Apparently they didn't stop there to roll in the cash and decrease amount of players and customers to their list. They took it much farther and it gets worse with each update they make. They then started taking away heroes abilities then went along to replacing them with weaker and less effective abilities including replacing alot of other heroes abilities that did quite well, but not over powered, to something entirely new that did little to nothing now. After all the excessive deep changes were made they caused alot of players to play less or even quit. They then decided in order to hopefully lure more people back or new ones into the game they released Deadpool and a huge event that gave ya a chance to enjoy Deadpool and get one of your own which kinda worked for a time but didn't last for long. They downgraded alot of abilities some more on some heroes especially focusing on the starter ones which were strong enough to help new players along the way towards better ones. They keep compensating it with more chances at new heroes that they release from time to time but was it enough? Apparently not being now its hardly worth working towards when most can't afford to keep in the game long enough to get them unless you pay your heart out for the luck at the draw which is rare you get anything different or better unless its towards the better draws which cost round $40-$50+ to get a slightly better chance which has proven to make little difference which even the normal draws are quite pricey if you don't get free ones from every day rewards. Sadly the game was reduced to nothing but rubble and another facebook game as most referr to it now as and even now stands little to impress new and old players to try or continue playing much or at all. If your looking for a good experience look the other way cuz this game has long lost it and the magic it brought to games that made it wildly popular when it started making itself more at home. The game no longer revolves around skill but more along of power, money, and luck and has no tactics that works like it used to so sad to say I conclude this thorough review saying that I would no longer reccomend this game to anyone unless they insisted on something to kill just a little of their time.
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
137.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 9
The writing for this game is just so bad. I mean, the game is subtitled Dark Reign, so one would think it would follow the story of the Dark Reign story ark, but the story is so distorted that it barely has anything to do with the Dark Reign. And there is no new content at all, events just repeat in a circle...
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11 of 18 people (61%) 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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11 of 18 people (61%) found this review helpful
30.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 10
Despite a lot of negative reviews criticizing this game for the microtransactions, I highly recommend it. The microtransactions are mainly for "hero points," which is a rare currency in the game that is mainly used for increasing your roster size and letting you collect more heroes/villains. I have played for about 30 hours at the time of this review without a single penny spent and I've loved it. Now that we've covered the microtransactions, the real review.
Marvel Puzzle Quest is a match three game, like Candy Crush Saga or Bejeweled. Each team has three heroes (or villains) per battle, and each match you make gives damage to the enemy team. You can earn more characters for your team by completing battles, winning PvP and campaign events, or buying them using Iso-8 (another currency which is much more common) and Hero Points. PvP Events are released frequently, which let you fight another player's team which is usually paired up with a hero from that event, like Deadpool or Wolverine. There's also a campaign mode where you fight game A.I. for Iso-8 and sometimes Hero Points.
Overall, I'd say it's a really cool game and despite all the negative reviews, you should download it and check it out.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
106.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 19
Freemium hell.

The most frustrating match-3 game and the most egregious pay-to-win game I've ever played.

1. You get cards for new heroes faster than you get slots for them, so you're constantly throwing away heroes you don't have because there's no room. This seems really bad for a collectible game.
2. The designers seem to be adding more and more mechanics to boost the AI and make the game more laborious and frustrating to play.
2a. Healing goes away after each round, so it basically just helps the AI.
2b. Powers which hurt the enemy team and also your own team: These are poison for the player, but the AI can play them all day long
2c. The new specials seem to be free for the AI. Even easy matches can hurt your guys badly, which can't be healed away any more.
3. It seems like the developers are constantly nerfing useful powers, and not giving anything in return.
4. Quality of life issues never, ever get fixed
4a. Replaying rounds gives out booby prizes before you've collected all the rewards
4b. Can't see which enemy triggered a power
4c. Friending is done through Facebook only

The game seems to get more and more tedious and grindy after each patch. This is a really, thoroughly terrible game at this point, and for some reason it's only getting worse. Not recommended. Very much don't recommend giving it any money.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
375.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 15
Lots of well worded negative reviews. Read them.

MPQ only wants your money. They don't want any feedback. Unless it makes them more money. "Free to play" is only there to get you in the door.

Healing isn't healing anymore. That's an odd sentence. This is a money grab game. If you can heal your own characters without buying health packs, the game developers lose. That sentence is even more odd. A bit sickening really. I will not play a game that fundamentally changes basic mechanics to promote purchasing of in game items to play a game for any more than short bursts at a time.

Save your time. Save your money. Play something else.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
190.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 16
Put a stupid amount of hours into it only to have my save game disappear on me. No word from the developers.

Put plainly, its pay to win. The only reason I played so long was because I like the marvel universe and I like bejewled blitz.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 23
False F2P model. A perfect example on how you should not go with a F2P model. Just stay away. This is just an attempt to grab easy money from Marvel fans. It's sad that Marvel actually allows this type of games. I don't see this game lasting very long.
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