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What parents need to know
What's it about?
Inspired by the Dark Reign comic series, MARVEL PUZZLE QUEST has Norman Osbourne, the former Green Goblin, trying to repeal and replace S.H.I.E.L.D., and it's up to the Avengers, the X-Men, and other Marvel Comics superheroes to stop him. They do this by matching three of the same colored gems in a row, causing these heroes to punch, kick, and perform other superpowered attacks on their enemies. Good thing you can recruit plenty of characters, all of whom can be trained to be better fighters.
Is it any good?
Though it's not the deepest puzzle game, for fans of both Marvel Comics and match-3 puzzles, this can be quite engaging and addictive. In Marvel Puzzle Quest, your favorite Marvel Comics superheroes -- including Spider-Man, Iron Man, and others -- have to stop Norman Osbourne from taking down S.H.I.E.L.D. But instead of punching him, kicking him, or just using the courts or Congress, the superfriends have to battle the bad guys by matching three or more of the same types of gems. Doing so unleashes specific attacks; red triangles, for instance, deal three points of damage from Iron Man. Characters can also do special character-specific attacks, such as when Spider-Man uses his web to stun his opponents for one turn. Things can get rather complex as you progress and add new characters to your roster. Now, if you're not into the Avengers, the X-Men, or other Marvel characters, you'll probably grow tired of this before you get to the fight with Doctor Doom, since the action doesn't vary much, and none of the puzzles in this game get as complicated or mentally taxing as they do in other match-3 games. But if you're a comic book fan, and you like simple match-3 puzzles, you'll find Marvel Puzzle Quest to be more fun than a Stan Lee cameo.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about violence in video games. Does it make a difference that you're fighting bad guys in this game but never see anyone being punched, kicked, or knocked upside the head with a magic hammer?
Talk about budgeting money. Do you need to spend money to buy new characters, or can you just play with the ones you have?
Discuss good vs. evil. Do you think violence is ever an acceptable response?
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
- Price: free with microtransactions
- Pricing structure: Free
- Release date: April 7, 2017
- Category: Puzzle Games
- Topics: Superheroes
- Size: 136.00 MB
- Publisher: D3PA
- Version: 123.0.390019
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 7.0 or later; Android 4.0 and up
- Last updated: December 4, 2019
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