A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Marvel Contest of Champions is a simple fighting game, similar to Marvel Future Fight, that pits characters such as Spider-Man, the Hulk, and Iron Man against Ultron, Yellowjacket, and Magneto. Using simple touchscreen controls to attack, dodge, and block, players get into one-on-one brawls, but there's no blood, gore, or broken bones. Parents also should know that you can take the fight online and text-chat with other players. It's possible to spend real money to make your characters stronger, though it's not necessary to play.
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What's it about?
As in most fight games, the story in MARVEL CONTEST OF CHAMPIONS is really just an excuse to make superheroes and supervillains get into fisticuffs with each other. Along with elements from the comic books, the game's story incorporate elements from such movies as Avengers: Age of Ultron. But really, the game is only a succession of fights, with you choosing between more than 40 characters, including such fan favorites as Thor, Deadpool, Daredevil, and all the Guardians of the Galaxy. Well, except for Groot; he's a lover, not a fighter. Kids can spend real-world money to make their characters stronger and can chat (text-only) with strangers.
Is it any good?
For comic book fans not looking for depth or complexity, this is a good choice. How much you'll enjoy it depends on how serious you are about fighting games. If you're hoping this will be as deep and complex as a fighting game on console or PC, you'll be disappointed by its lack of depth and complex combos. It does offer a large catalog of characters, great graphics, and accessible controls. Though it might appeal to younger kids, the unmoderated chat makes it more appropriate for young teens, and even then, it's good to talk about what not to share and how to participate -- or not -- according to your rules.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about communicating with strangers and online privacy. Talk to kids about your expectations and how they should never share any personal information with strangers (or in public forums) online.
Talk about comic books. Who are your favorite characters? What do you like about them? What can they teach us about using power responsibly?
Discuss fighting and using others means to work out problems. Why do comic book characters usually use violence to solve conflicts?
Set expectations for in-app purchases before downloading so kids know what's allowed.
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
- Price: Free (with optional in-app purchases)
- Pricing structure: Free
- Release date: July 8, 2015
- Category: Arcade Games
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Sports and Martial Arts, Superheroes, Adventures, Space and Aliens
- Size: 398.00 MB
- Publisher: Kabam
- Version: 4.0.0
- Minimum software requirements: Requires iOS 7.0 or later; Android 4.0 and up
- Last updated: February 28, 2020
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