Marvel War of Heroes, An In-Depth Review

5.5 TCG RATING
Gameplay: 4/10
Sound: 5/10
Graphics: 7/10

Will appeal to casual gamers and hardcore fans of Marvel characters.

No strategy, no combat tactics, very little actual gameplay, unfair raiding mechanic.

Android and iOS.

Free to Play with in-app purchases.

September 25,2012

English

Marvel War of Heroes is a casual card battle game for Android and iOS, featuring a whole range of characters from the Marvel universe. You can collect cards, enhance them and evolve them into stronger versions, while completing missions and battling other players for their resources. If you’re familiar with Rage of Bahamut or Legend of the Cryptids, this is essentially a re-skin of those games with a Marvel theme on top. If you’re aware of those games, or any other casual card battle games on the market, you might already have a strong opinion on this type of game, and if so, you wouldn’t be wrong in going with your judgment on how you think this game might play.

Nevertheless, let’s take a quick look at Marvel War of Heroes and see what’s inside.

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Gameplay and Features

There are two main modes of gameplay: single-player missions and player-versus-player battles. The combat itself is largely the same for both, with minor differences. Missions will see you taking one or more cards into battle against pre-determined enemies. You simply tap the enemy and your card attacks it: that’s it. There is no strategy or tactics in combat itself, just whether your card is powerful enough to overcome what you’re attacking. You will earn new cards and level up along the way, where you can spend points increasing your overall energy (used to do missions) or boost your attack or defense points. There really isn’t much more to the single-player “game” than this.

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In PvP games, you can target other players for specific resources they are holding on to and try to steal them. Collecting sets of a resource item will let you hand them in to redeem for a specific card. In practice, this tends to be really unfair, as you can raid lower level players and players with cards not as strong as you and be almost guaranteed an easy win. This brutal, dog-eat-dog model doesn’t really work in a game where money can also play a part in the equation.

You equip an attack deck and defense deck to be used when you’re attacking others and when you’re being attacked. Some cards will contain small effects that boost and buff the overall team, but this is the extent of the strategy present, as battles just resolve on their own without any player input.

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Setting custom attack and defense decks.

Cards can also be enhanced by sacrificing other cards to power them up, and if you have another copy of the same card, you can fuse the two together. Fusion cards will retain the stats they had before, so usually you have to enhance the cards to their maximum level first if you want to get the strongest amount of power out of cards before evolving them.

There are also guilds you can join, which add a social dimension to the game, but this can often be as harmful as it is helpful. Players who are not as active as the guild would like them to be are often evicted without notice. It can be a cruel world in these casual card battle market, so be aware of this if you intend on spending any time and money here.

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A raid boss which needs lots of players to defeat.

Final Thoughts

The thing with games like this is that they will always appeal to a certain crowd of people and thus will remain incredibly popular. They might not feature so much in terms of strategic or tactical gameplay, but they do provide a way for someone with little interest in that kind of game to collect lots of pretty cards, get addicted to enhancing and evolving them and being able to build bigger, better, stronger teams. However, I think the method of raiding items from other players is unfair, since it enforces a hierarchy of “pay to play” as whoever can pump the most money into the game is almost guaranteed to be the winner of any given battle.

I still have to rate the game accordingly in terms of gameplay, features, presentation and otherwise. On that note, I can’t really give more than 5.5 when taken in comparison to many other card games available on the app market. If you’re looking for something that can be played in short bursts, I would still recommend other games as there are plenty of decent card games now that can be played in a very short amount of time.

I would only recommend this game if you’re a seriously heavy fan of the Marvel world and its characters, and even then there are probably better Marvel games on the app market to play. You might disagree with me however and find this game entirely to your liking, and that’s okay. At the end of the day, casual card battle games do have a given market and while not everyone will fall into that group, some people certainly will. At least the art is very pretty.

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Zac Phoenix
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Zac Phoenix graduated with First Class Honors in Philosophy, Religion and Ethics and has been playing strategy card games since childhood. He has a keen interest in the underlying mechanics and player interactions of trading card games, as well as tabletop game design in the digital space. He also designs card games in his spare time.
  • Try Marvel Puzzle Quest instead? Its pretty amazing.

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