marvel-puzzle-quest
Metacritic (iOS): 74/100
Release: Dec 2013
Reviewed on: iOS

Marvel Puzzle Quest

Site Score
7.0
Good: 3v3 battles add strategy – Marvel heroes – Lots of gameplay and progression
Bad: Freemium model will eat your wallet and feels out of place on PC
User Score
7.7
(15 votes)
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Using the formula from the incredibly popular Puzzle Quest franchise and giving it a Marvel skin is Marvel Puzzle Quest, a free to play game focused around the development of your ultimate Marvel team and using your match three puzzle skills to take down tough opponents.

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The game features all your favourite characters and enemies so it is definitely one for Marvel fans although non fans will still be able to enjoy the fairly solid gameplay. This gameplay is reminiscent of other mobile games with a freemium model that takes plenty of opportunity to encourage players to open up their wallet.

This makes it less ideal for the PC platform as some of the game design choices limit your continuous play options. Most notably is the length of time between losses where your characters will have to recover their health unless you can spare some revival packs.

Ignoring this though gameplay flows quite well in Marvel Puzzle Quest as you randomly unlock new heroes by using your in game currency and then increasing their levels through training (again spending currency) and then their individual skills on top of that. This ensures you are always aiming for something and ensures your pool of in game currency is always low.

Your adventure is split into bite sized missions where you’ll face off against a boss or henchmen with rewards for stage completion. These battles are 3v3 affairs usually with players choosing 3 of their heroes and sometimes only 2 as a special character will join them for the length of the battle.

This 3v3 match up brings an interesting dynamic to the game with players having to carefully plan ahead for success. By matching the various colours on the game board players will trigger different team members to attack and also build up power points of that colour which can be used to unleash skills once enough power points of that colour have been stockpiled in traditional Puzzle Quest fashion.

In addition to attacking when a certain colour is matched though players will also find that the particular character is also drawn to the front of the battle which means they can be damaged by the enemy. This interesting mechanic requires careful balance to ensure you split the damage between your team even though you might want to use your most powerful hero to attack.

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Outside of the story based campaign players can explore the ranked tournaments and events that pit you against the teams of other players with varying rewards for the top spots that are highly coveted although they are usually outside the realm of possibility for non paying players.

As a mobile gaming experience Marvel Puzzle Quest is addicting and very fun in bite sized chunks. Unfortunately this does not translate over to the computer where the game just feels out of place.

Summary:

  • Combines Puzzle Quest classic gameplay with Marvel characters.
  • Create the ultimate Marvel team.
  • Experience 3v3 battles that add a layer of strategy.
  • Take your team to the multiplayer ranking system.
  • Play on PC, iOS or Android.

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Marvel Puzzle Quest, 7.7 out of 10 based on 15 ratings
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