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Disney has released its popular Facebook RPG Marvel: Avengers Alliance on iOS and announced plans to release the game on Android soon.
Avengers Alliance is a turn-based RPG that has players take the role of a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent tasked with recruiting the Marvel universe’s super heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Wolverine, Hulk and Spider-Man. The free-to-play game includes 60 missions with more scheduled for future updates.
I was skeptical of the new release after being disappointed by the boring gameplay in the Marvel: War of Heroes card game for iOS, but Avengers Alliance did turn out to be fun. The game is monetized with a standard energy and currency economy.
Energy is used to go on missions, while currencies are used to speed-up character training, purchase new items and recruit new team members. Players that aren’t willing to spend money will have to slog through missions in spurts as they wait for their energy to recharge.
The social PVP (player vs player) feature isn’t yet active in the game, and a Special Operations mode is also listed as coming soon. Also, if you already play the game on Facebook, you’ll be sad to hear that your stats and game progress won’t carry over to the mobile versions.
It’s nice to see Disney making use of its $4 billion Marvel purchase to put these kinds of super hero experiences onto mobile devices. In the long run, I’d like to see more in-depth stories and games that aren’t as focused on in-app purchases and movie tie-ins, but this is still a good start.
➤ Marvel: Avengers Alliance | Facebook | iOS
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