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What 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.
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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?
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.
Talk to your kids about ...
- Platforms: Facebook
- Subjects: Language & Reading: reading
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: decision-making, hypothesis-testing, strategy
Self-Direction: achieving goals
- Price: Free with Microtransactions
- Available online? Available online
- Developer: Playdom
- Release date: March 1, 2012
- Genre: Role-Playing
- Topics: Superheroes, Book Characters
- ESRB rating: NR
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