Marvel Avengers Academy

App review by
Neilie Johnson, Common Sense Media
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Young heroes get schooled in wait-or-pay base-builder.

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Ease of Play

Gameplay revolves around two things: clicking and waiting. 

Sex

Characters exchange flirty language, saying things such as, "I'll be the one to get the girl," and the women wear tight, short clothing.

Language
Consumerism

Five minutes in, the game assigns the player missions that require long wait times or payment to complete. Kids only need to know the app store's password to complete purchases.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Marvel Avengers Academy is a base-building game that continually pushes players to spend real money to complete missions and advance the game. Superheroes are presented as teenagers in an adolescent soap opera who exchange mild insults and flirtatious remarks. Single-player gameplay is non-combat-oriented and consists of training and upgrading heroes and constructing buildings. Though it's possible to progress without spending money, gameplay is much slower and less entertaining. Read the app's privacy policy to find out more about the types of information collected and shared.

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Teen, 15 years old Written byLokiStarkLord April 27, 2018

Fun game if you like avengers

As long as you disable in-app purchases on your kids devise you should be good :). There’s some mild action in turn-based battles. The dialogue is fun and witty... Continue reading

What's it about?

MARVEL AVENGERS ACADEMY is a school for heroes such as Iron Man, Wasp, and the Hulk who are brought together by veteran soldier Nick Fury to learn how to fight and defeat terrorist organization Hydra. Led by an adolescent Tony Stark, the team expands its skills and numbers while building an extensive training facility. Gameplay is simple: Complete missions by tap-dragging heroes' icons to various activities, and then wait as a timer ticks down for those activities to complete, which can take anywhere from a minute to two hours of real time. Finishing missions earns shards and/or items that enable you then to unlock more Avengers and build or upgrade base buildings. You can spend shards, coins, or real money to buy things and complete missions faster.

Is it any good?

Free-to-play games can be great but only when they don't go overboard with an in-game purchase agenda; this one is fun for fans until the missions stall gameplay unless you pay. It draws players in with banter among teen versions of familiar heroes such as Iron Man and Black Widow, but it slams the door soon after with in-app purchases. As missions take longer, the timer can be sped up by spending magic shards, but the ones you start with are spent all too quickly, and then you're forced to wait for ages or cough up the cash for more. Along with the disappointment of being impeded, it's tough to stay interested in the tap-and-wait gameplay. Interactivity is limited to dragging icons from one place to another and watching timers tick down, neither of which activity is all that much fun. It's possible that players committed to spending money every 10 minutes could have fun with the game's great graphics and witty banter; unfortunately, those with thin wallets are doomed to endure an abundance of built-in boredom.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how education is shown here, in Harry Potter films, and in the X-Men series. How do the schools in those franchises compare to yours? 

  • Talk about your rules around in-app purchases. Can kids use money to speed things up? If not, how does this affect gameplay?

  • Discuss the importance of diversity. Specifically, how do different kinds of people strengthen a team? 

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
  • Price: Free
  • Pricing structure: Free (highly dependent on in-app purchases ranging from $1.99 - $99.99)
  • Release date: February 5, 2016
  • Category: Adventure Games
  • Topics: Superheroes, Adventures
  • Size: 98.60 MB
  • Version: 1.0.1
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 5.1.1 or later; Android 4.0.3 and up

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