Marvel Puzzle Quest: Dark Reign Review
Pit teams of Marvel heroes and villains against each other in this free-to-play puzzle game for iPhone and Android
Marvel Puzzle Quest: Dark Reign is the latest in Marvel‘s series of match-three puzzle apps. The free-to-download app steps things up from the original Puzzle Quest, which is limited to pitting one Marvel hero against another, by adding a team element, in more ways than one.
Now, you piece together a team of three Marvel heroes and villains for each mission, where each one‘s specialties play a part in your selection. For quests, you can now also join or form alliances with other players in order to gain additional team rewards.
Dark Reign is more than your usual cheapskate game to make money off the back of a popular film or franchise. For a match-three puzzle game with its exceedingly simple rules and seemingly limited framework, Dark Reign is extremely sophisticated. To please the comic book fans, the game follows the storyline from the Dark Reign comics to a large extent, featuring HAMMER, Norman Osborn‘s Maggia henchmen and even a full roster of Dark Avengers.
A variety of quests every week, mixed with player battles, should keep most players interested, with daily rewards even for the freeloaders. Plus, it‘s pure fun to be able to set up a team of Spider-Man, Storm and Ragnarok to battle Captain America, Wolverine and Black Widow, something we unfortunately won‘t see in a film any time soon.
The graphics are of the highest standard and the game is updated very regularly, with developers even listening to user feedback and adjusting heroes‘ powers if they get too lopsided.
As with most mini-transaction games, Dark Reign does suffer for those who don‘t want to spend the equivalent of a new PS4 for in-app boosts, as the process of building your team can be slow and arduous. However, smart players who like a challenge can see eventual success in the toughest of missions and quests, even if it‘s a couple of months in.
Marvel Puzzle Quest: Dark Reign is an addictive puzzler, especially for superhero fans, that suffers only minimally from slow-building freeplay.
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