Parents' Guide to

Marvel Battle Lines

By David Chapman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Comic book card game has action in heroic proportions.

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What do you get when you mix the timeless gameplay of tic-tac-toe, a collectible card game, and the massive stable of characters from the Marvel Universe? The answer is Marvel Battle Lines, an action-packed, free-to-play mobile offering that's incredibly fun. Players build decks of 12 cards each and battle on a 3x4 grid. Each turn, players can use any action cards and then either summon a character or move an existing character. Moving into another opposing character initiates a quick combat, comparing attacks and hit points. The ultimate goal is to create a "battle line" by filling in a row of your characters horizontally, vertically, or diagonally. Doing so triggers a massive team attack that whittles away the opponent's life.

The basics of the game are easy to learn, but like many collectible card games, it's the strategy involved that keeps things interesting. It's a lot of fun just trying out different card combinations, and comic fans get the added bonus of coming up with uniquely themed decks. Maybe you want to play S.H.I.E.L.D. agents, or maybe you want to see how crazy a team-up between Doctor Octopus and Ghost Rider might work. Whatever you can imagine, Marvel Battle Lines has you covered. The game's also one of the best-looking Marvel mobile games around, with the cards sporting some amazing artwork. Plus, each card comes with some stats and trivia on each character, giving even more reason to try to constantly add to your virtual collection. And the whole thing comes wrapped in a surprisingly fun story, written by fantasy/sci-fi author Alex Irvine. Marvel Battle Lines is a complete comic book experience with the superpower to entertain.

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