Marvel: Avengers Alliance

 
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Fun Facebook role-playing romp with superhero combat.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Although there is a lot of violence, the game's messages are positive. Players work with S.H.I.E.L.D., an agency of heroes who patrol the Earth to help keep it safe. The story centers on a mysterious substance, which the "good guys" are trying to prevent the "bad guys" from acquiring to use for dangerous and harmful purposes.

Positive role models

Characters are organized into heroes and villains, with the player fighting on the side of the heroes.

Ease of play

Gameplay is tactical and strategic, but there are tutorials and explanations every step of the way to help players along. 

Violence

Players engage in turn-based battles using firearms, melee weapons, fists and feet, and a variety of magical attacks. Damage is indicated by a depleting life bar. Damage is sometimes shown by blood splatters, but there is not gore and enemies simply disappear when defeated. Players can opt in or out of Player vs. Player (PvP) combat tournaments.

Sex

Some of the characters wear skimpy outfits, exposing cleavage and hips.

Language

Occasional use of "damn," "crap," "ass," and "hell."

Consumerism

Marvel: Avengers Alliance is free to play but encourages players to spend real money on extra heroes, exclusive items, and power-ups to gain an edge in quests and combat tournaments.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

Some privacy concerns. The app posts information about game activity to players' Facebook walls. During Player versus Player combat, players can see the last name and profile picture of the stranger they are paired with. Pop-ups prompt players to sign up for offers to earn free gold (the game's premium currency).

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Marvel: Avengers Alliance is a turn-based, role-playing game played on Facebook featuring heroes and villains from the Marvel comic book universe. The game is free to play, but players can spend real money on more powerful items and equipment, and to unlock quests and new characters more quickly. Players can opt into Player versus Player combat against strangers. The game centers on fighting, with minimal blood but no gore.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • reading

Hobbies

  • collecting

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • decision-making
  • hypothesis-testing
  • strategy

Self-Direction

  • achieving goals

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Marvel: Avengers Alliance is a special treat for comic book fans, allowing players to recruit and manage a team of Marvel heroes and take them into battle against famous Marvel baddies. There are enough diverse tasks that players won't easily get bored or run out of things to do.

Learning Approach

Kids can learn about decision making and strategy as they decide on the best heroes to deploy for a given battle. The story unfolds like a comic book, so kids get practice reading dialog boxes.

Support

Boasts fun, accessible, and sophisticated PvP (Player vs. Player) combat that awards monthly prizes based on rank. Social interactions from friends are somewhat limited, however.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • reading

Hobbies

  • collecting

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • decision-making
  • hypothesis-testing
  • strategy

Self-Direction

  • achieving goals

Kids can learn about decision making and strategy as they decide on the best heroes to deploy for a given battle based on stats, character class, and special skills. Kids will recruit new heroes into a growing collection, and train them to unlock new abilities. The story unfolds like a comic book that lets kids read dialog boxes between characters as they work toward completing quests. This Facebook role-playing game could serve as a jumping off point to explore other Marvel media, such as comics or films. Marvel: Avengers Alliance requires kids to use strategy and statistics to best build a combat team.

This Learning Rating review was written by Erin Bell

What's it about?

In MARVEL: AVENGERS ALLIANCE, players take on the role of the newest member of S.H.I.E.L.D. to help investigate a mysterious and potentially dangerous new substance before the bad guys can harness its potential first. Players recruit heroes such as Thor, Spider-Man, Wolverine, Dr. Strange, and the Invisible Woman, take them into battle as allies, send them on special missions to earn cash and items, and train them to unlock new abilities. Players have a limited number of moves before they must either wait for energy to replenish naturally, or pay to unlock more moves.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Marvel: Avengers Alliance is a special treat for comic book fans, allowing players to recruit and manage a team of Marvel heroes and take them into battle against famous Marvel baddies. The game's look, feel, and storyline stay true to the source material, and there are enough diverse tasks that players won't easily get bored or run out of things to do. The game also boasts fun, accessible, and sophisticated PvP (Player vs. Player) combat that awards monthly prizes based on rank. Social interactions from friends are somewhat limited (players can send and receive gifts, and visit other players to earn small bonuses), but that's the only snag in an otherwise wonderful social RPG.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the recent increase in popularity of comic book heroes and characters in games and movies. Why are people inspired by superheroes?

  • How do you decide which heroes to recruit? How do you ensure a well-balanced party?

Game details

Platforms:Facebook
Price:Free with Microtransactions
Available online?Available online
Developer:Playdom
Release date:March 1, 2012
Genre:Role Playing
Topics:Superheroes, Book characters

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Parent Written byWastedYears November 25, 2013
 

Stay away from Marvel Avengers Alliance

It seems fun at the beginning but it is little more than a shell game that tries to suck as much money out of you while providing diminishing returns. Two premium items cost nearly as much as a whole new game. Your time and money would be better spent o the new game.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much consumerism
Teen, 16 years old Written byndrwcd November 18, 2012
 
LEARNING

best game on facebook

i play this game almost everytime i go on facebook and my two favorite superheroes to use are thor and spiderman
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Adult Written bytonyaf1 August 11, 2015
 
LEARNING

costs alot of money

i ve noticed that when you come near the end of the special ops missions and you come to the epic boss it doesnt matter how many heros you have you always need to buy 1 or 2 heros to unlock the boss i have close to 80 heros you mean to tell me that out of all the heros i have i need these certain others that you KNOW i dont have to unlock the epic boss? its just a underhanded way to get you to spend money and the thing with the pvp you have to buy a bunch of these featured supplies to make your team stronger and win battles you win for about a day or two and then all of a sudden you're losing again and against some teams that should'nt have defeated you" if you compare the numbers after the fight" so you end up buying more supplies and in some cases you never make it past the diamond league even if you bought all the supplies in the world so what i found is sometimes you dont get what you payed for and in other ways i think its set up for you to fail when it comes to pvp

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