‘Marvel Strike Force’ Guide – How to Assemble a Great Team for Free

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Marvel Strike Force [Free] is the kind of game that you would have assumed already existed. It’s a turn-based strategy RPG that has you gather five Marvel superheroes, villains, or in some cases, a mixture of both, and pit them against the teams of other players (asynchronously, alas) or waves of AI opponents from the movies and comics. If comparisons are more your thing, it’s a lot like Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes except with Marvel characters and by a different developer, FoxNext Games. Even if you’ve never played that game, chances are you’ve played something similar on mobile and Marvel Strike Force won’t be extremely difficult for you to grasp.

That said, we want you to get the most bang for your buck, or even better, bang for no bucks. Read on and you’ll be exposed to all of our tips and cheats for playing as much as possible and unlocking heroes and villains without spending a dime — unless you want to, of course.


 

Marvel Strike Force Basics: How to Fight Your Foes

Marvel Strike Force uses a turn-based system where the order of actions in combat is determined by the characters’ speed. Each character on both sides of a fight has a blue bar under his or her health, and when it fills up, it’s their turn to act. When it’s one of your character’s turns, you’ll see a circle under them and icons for their possible actions in the bottom-right corner of the screen.

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Every character has one basic attack, which will be the first icon. The other icons represent additional attacks or abilities, which can include heals, buffs or debuffs, taunts which force enemies to attack them or multi-target attacks. Tapping and holding down on an icon will tell you exactly what that ability does. The small boxes above each ability signify whether or not it is ready to use, as all of them must be full before the ability can be activated. Think of these as another form of cooldown timer.

A red crosshairs appears on your character’s current target, which you can switch to another enemy simply by tapping on them. Tap the ability to activate it and you’ll see the ability play out, usually with some pretty cool animation.

That’s all there really is to it. Except for some specific scenarios where you must keep an NPC alive, activate a machine or survive for a specified number of turns, battles in Marvel Strike Force proceed until one side or the other is completely eliminated. The only other thing you need to know is that there are buttons in the upper-left corner that can speed up the action two or three times if you’re the impatient sort or automatically play the battle for you (that one looks like a fast-forward icon) if it’s an easy encounter that you are grinding out for some reason.


 

Know Your Modes: Everything You Can Do in the Game at Launch

One of the more common complaints about Marvel Strike Force during its release is that you quickly run out of Campaign Energy. That’s a fair gripe because every Campaign battle costs at least 6 units of Energy to play, so you can run out of it pretty quickly. Energy recharges slowly over time, and somewhat confusingly, there is a special currency called Campaign Energy Refill and the option of spending Power Cores, the game’s premium currency, to refill instantly.

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Nevertheless, there’s actually a lot more to do than just the Campaign mode, though other modes require you to level up before they all unlock. Here’s a brief overview of all of them in the game at launch.

  • Campaigns – These are where the game’s story unfolds, with chapters requiring only heroes, only villains or a mix of the two. Campaigns cost Campaign Energy to play, can be replayed to farm specific rewards and can even be auto-played once you clear them with three stars — although Auto Win still costs you the same amount of Campaign Energy, so all it saves you is time.
  • Challenges – This rotating set of daily battles can earn you specific loot like Gold (the game’s basic currency), Health Packs, Training Modules and more. Each Challenge can only be played three times in its 24-hour period, though they have multiple difficulty levels with better rewards as you move up. You can also choose to Auto Win a Challenge once you’ve cleared it with three stars.
  • Arena – Here’s where you battle asynchronously against the teams of other players, using a mixed squad — so in other words, your best five characters, hero or villain. You have to set a squad for defense as well (which can be exactly the same one), and then you pick from one of three possible opponents when you want to battle. If you win a fight, you move up to your opponent’s rank, whereas you remain in your current rank if you lose. As long as you’re active in Arena mode, you’ll get a reward sent to your Inbox every 24 hours based on your current rank. Part of this reward is Arena Credits, which can be spent in a store specific to this mode. You get only five Arena attempts per day.
  • Events – Not to be overlooked, these character-focused quest lines have you battle through an increasingly more challenging string of fights in order to unlock the hero or villain at their center, or to bump them to a higher tier if you already have them. Some Events don’t even let you start them until your profile is level 20 or above, so they aren’t necessarily fare for beginners.
  • Blitz – Kind of a secondary PvP mode, this is where you can fight teams created by other players in ladder-like fashion. For every victory, you’ll earn points toward milestones that grant you ever better rewards. Confusingly, Blitz also has its own currency/energy called Blitz Charges, which you need to spend in order to keep using the same characters over again. Conversely, you can swap other characters into your team, so in time, this can be a useful mode for using heroes and villains who aren’t your mains.
  • Alliance Raids – A special mode available only to players who have joined an Alliance, Raids are co-operative quests that require players to work together to take down extremely powerful groups of foes. Like Blitz, Raids have milestones which give out periodic rewards. They also have their own store with a specific currency, because why not at this point?

 

How to Unlock More Characters for Free

Now that you know how to play and what you’ll be playing, it’s time to get down to the nitty gritty. Specifically, you’ll want to be able to take advantage of all of the cool characters in Marvel Strike Force by adding as many as possible to your collection, and preferably without shelling out money for Power Cores.

Marvel Strike Force

Like many games of its genre, this one uses a system of shards to unlock and tier up characters. What that means is that you’ll often find a shard or several shards as a reward, but rarely will you acquire enough of them in one go to add a new hero or villain to your roster instantly. Essentially, then, what you need to know is where and how to get shards, and we can help with that.

  • Log in and play every day – Not only does Marvel Strike Force have a login calendar that gives you stuff, including character shards every few days, just for logging in, it also has daily objectives you can find via the big bright button that says exactly that in the bottom-right corner of the main screen. If you do nothing else each day you play, be sure to clear out the daily objectives. They’re worth it in their own right, but clearing the daily objectives a number of times can unlock a new character for free. For example, at launch you could unlock Wolverine by clearing the daily objectives seven times.
  • Use Auto Win on Campaign battles – Every third stage of each Campaign chapter offers character shards as a possible reward for beating it. Clearing it with three stars allows you to use Auto Win, which is a great way to grind out shards for a specific character. It also encourages you to keep advancing through the Campaigns as that will open up more shards you can farm in this fashion.
  • Check for Events – As we’ve already noted, Events are where you can unlock specific characters just by playing through a series of battles. Every time you hit a level with a multiple of 10, you should revisit active Events as you may now be powerful enough to tackle a previously locked battle and earn even more shards.
  • Play Arena battles daily – Arena wins don’t get you any shards on their own, but the Arena store does have a selection of shards for sale that changes daily. If you stay active, you’ll receive Arena Credits every 24 hours and be able to spend them on shards you want when they rotate through the store.
  • Play Blitz mode too – You’re probably sensing a pattern here that almost every game mode is the path to shards, and you’re right. The Blitz milestones also grant shards at certain levels, though you’ll typically need to reach at least the sixth milestone to start getting them, which takes some doing. That said, once you’ve got a pretty powerful roster, Blitz should absolutely be part of your daily playing rotation. On top of that, the Blitz store is pretty similar to the Arena store except with its own currency and daily shard selection.

One important note that may help you chase shards more wisely: If you tap on any character’s shards you want to purchase, it will tell you how many shards you still need before you unlock or tier up that character. it’s a very helpful way to prioritize.


 

How to Assemble a Well-Rounded Team

While it’s tempting to just toss your five favorite Marvel characters together in a group, that might not be the best way to proceed as you’ll likely struggle in fights where you don’t simply overpower your opponents (though to be sure, there are plenty of those). What you’ll want to do instead is get a team that actually has five characters whose abilities complement each other.

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That starts with understanding the four general character classes in Marvel Strike Force:

  • Blaster – Whether they get the job done with guns like the Punisher or repulsor rays like Iron Man, Blasters deal high damage to one or multiple targets but are also the “squishiest” class, needing either heals or taunts or both to make sure they stay alive.
  • Brawler – Arguably the most well-rounded and versatile class, they don’t do as much damage as Blasters but are also hardier. As the name suggests, they also deal their damage up close and personal.
  • Controller – The toughest class to pigeonhole, Controllers have abilities that make life harder for enemies, either slowing them, debuffing them or causing other non-beneficial effects. A little squishy but not as bad as Blasters.
  • Protector – Can force the enemy to attack them with Taunts, usually in conjunction with other abilities that allow them to stay alive when they are being targeted. Do the least damage with basic attacks but sometimes have surprisingly damaging secondary abilities.
  • Support – Can be thought of as the healer class, with abilities that heal, remove debuffs and other good stuff.

Can a team with one of each class work? It sure can, though that might leave you a little short on direct damage. A good idea when starting out is to have two Brawlers, one Blaster, one Protector and then either a Controller or Support character. Other combinations can also be very effective if you dive into character abilities more closely and see if there are synergies between them you can use to your advantage.

Finally, you’ll notice every character in Marvel Strike Force has multiple traits — words that define them besides their class. For example, Crossbones has the following traits: Villain, Global, Tech, Protector, Hydra and Inhuman (which he’s not, so … I dunno). Traits can also help suggest groups of characters that will be effective together based on their specific abilities. Sticking with our buddy Crossbones, his Vengeance ability gives +5 Armor to anyone on his team with the Hydra trait. This is the top level of team-building, but one you’ll want to explore in more detail once you’ve been playing for a bit.

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We were so slammed with GDC coverage last week that we didn’t do our normal roundup of new games on Wednesday night, but we made up for it by posting that roundup this past Monday instead. So if you’re the type who only checks TouchArcade at this same time every week looking for the new games list, make sure you give that list a look too as it was quite a week. And now, here we are again already and the onslought of new games hasn’t let up! Lots of great stuff this week so give the full list of new games below a thorough look and let us know which games from either of this week’s Out Now lists you’ll be picking up.


 

AR Toys: Playground Sandbox

iTunes Description

It is not game with levels or missions. Just build your virtual world, play with RC cars and runaway from police.

You need AR Kit supported device.

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Best Ball Hit

iTunes Description

Best Ball Hit is a game where you throw a white ball and hit a different color ball.

Of course, there are obstacles between the balls, which is not easy.

If you like it, try it.

Forum Thread: Best Ball Hit (by Mpeople)


Candleman

iTunes Description

Candleman, one of the 8 best upcoming games you’ve never heard of, is also a popular game on Xbox One, Playstation 4 and Steam. iOS version is available now at a 40% discount from March 27th to April 10th! Players who have pre-ordered the game may also purchase the game at this special price.

Despite only being able to burn for 10 seconds, a little candle journeys into the darkness, with the purpose of seeking light.

As One of the 8 Best Upcoming Games You’ve Never Heard Of, Candleman provides an immersive adventure, with an innovative and unique game mechanism and well-balanced level design.

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Fliplomacy

iTunes Description

There is a state of crisis on our board. Many have changed sides.

As the ace Diplomat, it is your job to restore the order. Every step that you take, can win you friends and turn some against you. You have to work on bringing uniformity to the board. Are you up for the challenge?

Strategise and chart a path across the board; moving, jumping and flipping stuff as you attempt to solve the 150 different puzzles!

Forum Thread: Fliplomacy (By Shobhit Samaria)


Galactic Frontline

iTunes Description

Collect and upgrade a vast array of combat units and escort vessels, unlock and develop tactical skills, and increase your fleet’s firepower.

Battle in real-time with players from around the world and climb the global rankings and take part in worldwide tournaments.

Travel through the galaxy to experience the epic story of three races – the Terrans, Ensari and Zoltarians – as they fight for survival and supremacy on the Galactic Frontline.

Forum Thread: Galactic Frontline (by NetEase Games)


Heroes of Rings

iTunes Description

The ultimate Augmented Reality Hero collector battling RPG you have been waiting for! Heroes of Rings is a turn-based RPG with heroes collection, introducing a unique battle system allowing you to easily develop complex strategies based on the heroes you use, their skills, and the turns left until the enemies attack.

Collect powerful Heroes and customize them with Rings. The Rings are special items that can be upgraded, and combined. Equip the right Heroes with the right Rings to unleash their true potential! Bring your Heroes into the real world with Augmented Reality support. Watch these amazing fighters with stunning animations battle in front of you!

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Kingpin Bowling

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The scene: 1979 Iowa State Bowling Championship. Primetime is your middle name, and the pressure is right up your alley. After all, it’s how you roll. But keep your mind out of the gutter, pal. It’s down to this: Munson, McCraken, The Jesus, and you. Let’s do this.

Kingpin Bowling is an endless arcade bowling game with a bevy of cute and clever characters to keep you dancing on the tips of your bowling shoes. Avoid giant hotdogs, gargatuan soda pops, oversized clipboards, massive pencils, flying popcorn, and a few surprises, all while knocking down pins in your lane to the State Championship.

You were born for this, and this game is a strike!

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Lost Horizon 2

iTunes Description

Hard-boiled adventurer Fenton Paddock returns in Lost Horizon 2, the new adventure game by the creators of the Secret Files Series! Lost Horizon 2 requires at least iOS 10 and runs on iPhone 5 (or higher) and iPad 4 (or higher).

More than a decade has passed since Fenton Paddock aced out the Nazis in securing a powerful ancient relic in the outlying mountains of Tibet. While the Cold War has the world’s superpowers in a tight grip, the former Royal Air Force pilot has to face the biggest challenge of his eventful life: Breach beyond the Iron Curtain and save his family from shady, unrelenting adversaries.

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MARVEL Strike Force

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In MARVEL Strike Force, ready for battle alongside allies and arch-rivals in this action-packed, visually-stunning free-to-play game for your phone or tablet. An assault on Earth has begun and Super Heroes and Super Villains are working together to defend it! Lead the charge by assembling your ultimate squad, including Spider-Man, Doctor Strange, Groot, Rocket Raccoon, Loki, Elektra, Captain America and Iron Man, as you enter strategic combat against an all-new enemy threat. It’s time to fight! Gather your squad and prepare for the battle to save Earth!

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Old Man’s Guilt

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“My name is Wooji. I had a reason to come here before I got too old.”
Old Man’s Guilt is a puzzle-platformer.
Solve simple puzzles and avoid traps.
Focus on the old man’s story from an unknown island.
Various environments ensure it’s never a dull moment.
You’ll find out at the end of the island why the old man had to come here.

Forum Thread: Old Man’s Guilt (by YUGEUN SONG)


Orbital 1

iTunes Description

Let the action begin! Orbital 1 is a real-time strategy game set in interplanetary scenarios.

TAKE YOUR UNITS TO THE STADIUM and destroy your opponent’s fleet. Conquer this action and strategy competition designed entirely in 3D to give you the best game experience.
CUSTOMIZE YOUR CAPTAIN with awesome skins and head to the stadium to show the world what you are made of!
COLLECT DIFFERENT UNIT CARDS: Smash troops down with the adorable Mastodon, tear your adversaries apart with the fearsome Hell Bite or plan your air attack with our cute Buzzer. One way or another, you won’t be able to stop moving!
DESIGN YOUR DECK from endless combinations. Pick the best troops, choose your favorite gadgets and use strong defense and continuous damage structures. Plan your strategy and defeat players from all over the world!
WIN REWARD COURIERS full of Coins, Gems and new cards. Upgrade your units, master your deck and unlock new interplanetary stadiums throughout the galaxy.

Take on this gyratory challenge and fight for victory!

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OVIVO

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OVIVO is a mesmerizing platformer with unusual mechanics where everything is as simple as black and white. It is a metaphorical game filled with illusions and hidden messages.

In the world of OVIVO, Black and White exist in harmony. By constantly intertwining and replacing each other, they maintain balance. The main character named OVO was born of these two halves and has the ability to switch between them. OVO travels through the metaphorical world, overcoming dangers and collecting mysterious symbols. These symbols will help you unravel the story of this world, but how you interpret it is completely up to you.

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Pastel Girl

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◆ Features

1. Pastel Girl is a healing game that decorates cute girl in pastel colors and backgrounds.
2. Drag and drop UI is provided that clothing and items can be placed freely.
Delete functions using it is possible, making a big difference from the conventional dressing up game.
( However, not all items are supported by drag and drop. Please refer to the tutorial. )
3. Some clothes and items provide great animation.
4. Decorate your cute girl using lots of clothes, items, speech bubbles and letters.
5. Share your decorated pretty girl with your friends.

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Pocket Rockets!

iTunes Description

Fly rockets through dangerous and challenges courses in ‘Pocket Rockets!’

Simply touch left or right of the screen to thrust the rocket around the course

Collect coins, unlock rockets and don’t run out of fuel!

Enjoy some retro pixelated fun and experience a new challenge!

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RBI Baseball 18

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It’s a whole new ballgame with R.B.I. Baseball 18! R.B.I. 18 takes a significant leap
delivering all-new Franchise Mode, brand new detailed player models, hundreds of new animations, high fidelity MLB ballparks, revamped crowd system, more dynamic camera angles and a stunning UI presentation. This MLB season get the baseball game that will have you wanting to PLAY IT AGAIN!

All-New Franchise Mode: Take control of your favorite MLB team! Make trades, pick up free agents or call up rookies through multiple seasons.

Forum Thread: R.B.I. Baseball 18 (by MLB)


Riddle of Pandora

iTunes Description

Discover planet of Pandora veiled with riddles and wrapped in enigma. Your mission is to reveal its mystery by trying to solve the puzzles it is comprised off as well as traps set by competing teams of astronauts. You also can set traps by creating puzzles of your own. As you explore, you will encounter new extraordinary possibilities that planet has to offer.

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Skyscraper Realtime Card Game

iTunes Description

Summon units, cast spells and defeat opponents!

Skyscraper is a realtime multiplayer card game.
Easy to play, but completely addictive!
Download the game and start thrilling battles now!
NOTE: A network connection is also required.

Forum Thread: Skyscraper Realtime Card Game (by MASUKACHI)


Slashy Chords: Guitar Warriors

iTunes Description

Protect the world of HARMONY from the monstrous hordes of DISSONANCE with the power of MUSIC! Play a REAL GUITAR or STRUM a screen guitar to defeat the forces of discord!

There is a world woven from music, whose very air stirs alive with melody: Harmony. Beautiful and wondrous is this world, yet its very existence is imperiled as monsters of dissonance have come to conquer and engulf everything in noise and cacophony. A lonely hero, armed only with a guitar and his courage, fights a desperate battle to save the world from this dissonant horde.

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Sword Art Online: Integral Factor

iTunes Description

The newest Sword Art Online game!

This time, the protagonist is…you!
You appear in this online RPG as a member of an Assault Team, working with other imprisoned players to reach the 100th floor of Aincrad!

What if you were trapped in a game of life or death?
You can experience meeting familiar characters and connecting to the original SAO story from your own POV.
Experience behind-the-scenes stories not seen in the original SAO, and completely different story developments! Live out a “what-if” story where you affect Aincrad!

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Umiro

iTunes Description

Huey and Satura find themselves lost in the colorless world of Umiro with no memory of their past or how they arrived in this mysterious place. Guide the two intrepid schoolmates through striking labyrinths and puzzling landscapes to recover the sacred crystals and restore vibrancy back to Umiro and return their memory piece by piece.

– A Colorful World: Huey and Satura must work in tandem to bring color back to the world of Umiro, piece together their memory, and reveal what brought them here in the first place.
– Dozens of Levels: Assess and solve mysteries locked behind over forty handcrafted levels designed to challenge players of all skill levels.
– Unlock Mysteries: Complete each level through meticulous planning or brave a more dangerous path to collect yellow crystals and delve deeper into the mysterious world of Umiro.

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Wild Wiener!

iTunes Description

•Seconds to learn, hours to master, WILD-ly addictive!

•You are a determined dachshund driven by a thirst for adventure and an unyielding contempt for wildlife. Swiftly swipe your finger to stay alive as you run continually faster past increasingly weaponized critters… Is that one flying a plane!?

•Power-ups and bonus items will help, but you’ll need lightning reflexes, a little quick-thinking, and a lot of insanity if you’re going to survive this epic clash of titans. Unlock bonus theme packs as you climb the ranks and be transported to other nutty locales including a pirate lagoon, fantasy fairy land, and more!

•Compete in the worldwide leaderboards to see how you stack up! Do you have what it takes to unlock the Golden Dachshund?

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Yum Yummy Superlicious

iTunes Description

Hungry? Chomp your way across the galaxy with Yum Yummy Superlicious! Help the Yums eat all they can in this space-hopping adventure from Tendril Studio! Blast your way from meal to meal, avoiding space junk, hungry monsters, and the “mess” you leave behind!

-Simple one button controls. A treat for all ages!
-Fast-paced delicious gameplay. Launch, spin and repeat!
-Craving Mode! Satisfy your Yum’s yearnings and get big bonus points!
-Unique and wonderful Yums to collect. Choose your favourites!
-Sweet and spicy powerups to discover. Will you enter the unicorn dimension?
-Global leaderboards. Can you be the hungriest in the galaxy?

So come massively exceed your daily recommended intake of fun today with Yum Yummy Superlicious!

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3D Gear

iTunes Description

“3D Gear” is a science fiction style puzzle. If you love hi tech, or love sci-fi, or love puzzle, “3D Gear” will be your favorite.

It is easy to learn: only need link all gears. But higher levels have more gears, it is difficult to put them in right place.

Each world has 200 levels. Finished one world can get 400 coins, you can unlock more world.

Have fun!

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According to Marvel, a new “completely immersive Super Hero universe” will be coming to the Disney’s California Adventure park, taking over the space currently occupied by a land inspired by Pixar’s A Bug’s Life. (The “It’s Tough to Be a Bug” attraction closed earlier this week, with the rest of the land to shutter in the summer.) There’s not too much information about what will…

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Explore your favorite Marvel character’s history with this graphic novel sale.

Almost 300 digital Marvel graphic novel collections are on sale at Amazon for just $ 0.99 each. Most of these volumes were previously priced at $ 10.99, though some were a few dollars higher or lower. These collections include multiple issues to illustrate the backstory and beyond of various Marvel heroes and villains. To read these comics, you’ll need either the Kindle app or Comixology app which can be downloaded onto your computer, smartphone or tablet.

If you just can’t wait for Black Panther 2, kick back and catch up with Wakanda’s hero tonight. If hearing that Defenders Season 2 on Netflix might not happen bums you out, pick up the beginning of the team’s comic series to ease the pain. The Marvel Firsts: The 1970s is a really nice collection too with more issues included than most of the volumes in this sale.

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Hello everyone, and welcome to the week! It’s time once again for our look back at the noteworthy updates of the last seven days. There were lots of big updates in the last week, with some substantial added content to some really cool games of all types. I’ve put together a selection for you to take a gander at as you prepare for the week. Of course, you can keep an eye out for updates yourself using AppShopper or by participating in the TouchArcade forums. This weekly summary is just here to fill you in on the things you might have missed. Let’s dig in!

MARVEL Avengers Academy, Free Due to its recent major update, Avengers Academy was lagging behind the other mobile Marvel titles in starting its Black Panther event, but it finally kicked off last Friday. Panther was originally added to the game in the Civil War event, but if you missed him you’ve got another chance to get him now. New recruits include Okoye and Shuri, with the remaining slots rounded out by the returning Thor and Valkyrie for some reason. It’s kind of a weird event because the new mechanics make it a little hard to sort out what needs to be done, but it is what it is.

Death Road to Canada, $ 11.99 The notes call this a mini-update, but as it adds the ability to rip toilets out of the ground and huck them at zombies, I refuse to diminish it with such prefixes. It also added a Valentine’s Day event, but if you didn’t catch it already, you missed it. Sorry. The whole toilet-throwing thing required the game to support spraying pipes and bolted furniture, so it does those things now. The hard-working developers also added a bow weapon, which is silent but deadly, just like Carter. Throw in a bunch of bug fixes and tweaks, and you’ve got the winner of this week’s coveted UMMSotW award.

Vainglory 5V5, Free I guess Vainglory‘s name is now Vainglory 5V5. It is a mobile MOBA and also maybe a fruit juice. This update adds a new three-lane map with true line-of-sight fog of war. You can also capture two new dragons named Blackclaw and Ghostwing. Why are they never named Peter? Oh well. You can now collect crystals and weapon orbs from fallen heroes to beef up your own hero, and there are four new vision items. This is just a smattering of all the new stuff that awaits you with this update, so feel free to check out the update notes if you want more information.

Dashy Crashy, Free Dashy Crashy is celebrating the Lunar New Year with a sweet new ride. You see, this year is the year of the dog, so you get a dog car. You know, I could swear I’ve seen that design somewhere before. Hm. Well, I already feel dumb for not remembering, so before I feel any dumber, let’s move on. Drive the car for free, collect 168 bones before March 2nd, and you get to keep that lovely thing. That’s awfully nice, isn’t it?

Injustice: Gods Among Us, Free It is the year 2018 and the mobile version of the original Injustice is still getting new characters and content. Astounding. The new character in question is Batman Gaslight, who steps out of the pages of Gotham by Gaslight. What a cool new addition. By sheer coincidence, that comic has recently been adapted as an animated movie, so you can check it out there if you missed the original story. As for the game, there’s also some new gear on offer in the form of the Master’s Death Cart, which evolves from the Master’s Arms. That’s about it, but what more could you expect at this stage?

The Battle of Polytopia, Free Online multiplayer! Wow! Polytopia now supports online multiplayer for up to 12 players. It works cross-platform between iOS and Android, and it’s free for anyone who has purchased any of the paid tribes. Awesome. If you don’t have one of those tribes already, they’re only $ 0.99 each, so this new mode is a steal no matter how you carve that turkey. This update also updates the UI and improves compatibility with new hardware and iOS versions. Very impressive for such a small developer, if you ask me.

RGB Express, $ 1.99 RGB Express is a pretty popular game, and with good reason. It’s got a lot of style, and some of the puzzles are really tough. And now there’s more of it! How about that? A new Mirror Mode has been added that unlocks after you complete 100 levels. Sure, it just flips the stages, but new challenges are new challenges. Speaking of, the par values of some levels in Expert Mode have been made even tougher. Expert Mode is unlocked when you clear 200 levels, in case you haven’t found it before. This update also improves the tutorials and fixes some bugs.

OK Golf, $ 2.99 The more I think about it, the more brilliant I think the name OK Golf is. Like, if the game had failed, they could have just pointed to the name and say that it was only meant to be okay. In the case of success, they can now follow it up with a sequel that is called Better Golf or OK Is Just Fine We Don’t Need To Overuse Strong Adjectives And/Or Superlatives Golf. Anyway, it’s the anniversary of the game’s release, so you get a new anniversary course. There’s also a Lunar New Year event that has you hunting down flying lanterns to unlock a special hole. Okay.

Portal Knights, $ 4.99 Phew, here’s another really big update. It’s called the Adventurer’s Update, apparently. If you are not an adventurer, please skip to the next paragraph. First, the game now supports dual-stick controllers. There are new quests with new characters and a brand new guild to check out. Some furniture is now interactive, and there are more than 50 new deco props to play with. Let’s see… 20 new exotic weapons? Does that tickle your fancy? There is a bunch of other stuff too, so check out the update notes if you’re curious.

Assoluto Racing, Free Hey, nice get, Assoluto Racing. Ford joins the party with the Ford Focus RS, the Ford Mustang 2018, the Ford Mustang Boss 429 1969, and the Ford GT40. I’m sure there will be more to come from this new partnership, but that’s a pretty nice selection to start with. While the new cars are the focus of this update, the developers also made a number of improvements and balance adjustments while they had the proverbial hood open.

That about wraps it up for last week’s significant updates. I’m sure I’ve missed some, though, so please feel free to comment below and let everyone know if you think something should be mentioned. As usual, major updates will likely get their own news stories throughout this week, and I’ll be back next Monday to summarize and fill in the blanks. Have a great week!

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‘Marvel Avengers Academy’ Just Got a Big Overhaul for its Second Anniversary

Those readers unfortunate enough to follow me on Twitter know that I have a terrible vice, and its name is Marvel Avengers Academy [Free]. The game’s original concept, which sounded like something between a city builder and a dating sim, pulled me in at launch. While it has done an absolutely terrible job of delivering on its initial promises, the entertaining writing and deep character cuts managed to keep me coming back anyway. The game just hit its second anniversary, and to honor the occasion developer TinyCo has brought some seriously big changes to the campus. Good? Bad? I suppose we’ll have to see how things play out, but it’s certainly different.

As mentioned, the original idea behind Avengers Academy seemed to be a game where you developed your own campus for training young superheroes. You would send them to do tasks to gather resources to buy new buildings and unlock new characters, gradually ranking them up to resemble their usual adult selves. It was never clear how the game’s dating mechanics were going to work, and nothing ended up coming of those early promises. Instead, the game more or less become a series of back-to-back events that involved an awful lot of combat. Not the worst thing in the world, but it doesn’t seem like combat was originally meant to be as important as it ended up being. At the best of times it was a game of rock-paper-scissors that had to reset character levels with each event lest new players be left behind.

The new version seems to be aware of its current reality. The core loop still requires players to complete missions by sending their heroes to perform various tasks, but the rewards for doing so are now stamina points which can be used to battle enemies. Through combat, you will earn coins and materials for both leveling and ranking up your heroes, making them more powerful and able to handle tougher foes. Those improved stats are now permanent, so any effort you put into upgrading your favorites will not be wasted. There’s no two ways about it, though: you’re going to have to fight often from here on out if you want to do anything at all in the game.

The combat system has seen major changes in light of its new importance. Each character has been assigned one each of three roles and five types. The roles determine where they are best positioned in battles, and the types form a circle of strengths and weaknesses. You can now field up to five heroes, and their positions matter quite a bit now. In the old system, your heroes succeeded or failed as a team. Now, front-row tanks will absorb damage while the back-row attackers deal blows. When a character’s hit points run out, they’re removed from the battle. Taking advantage of types and upgrading your characters are essential to success.

The game’s UI has also seen some dramatic changes. If you want my honest opinion, these changes are for the worse. It takes more tapping around and going into and out of menus to get things done compared to before, and some of the color choices for fonts and backgrounds make it hard or at times impossible to read text. Kinks to be ironed out, I suppose. There are now daily goals to shoot for, and a daily login system that rewards players for showing up every day.

I haven’t mentioned all of the changes here, but I’m sure you get the gist. What was once little more than a Marvel-themed fishbowl of sorts is now a much more involved game. Some players are going to like that change and others are not. My only concern is that the more complicated a game’s mechanics are, the greater the opportunity for some added nasty monetization to get brought in. To be frank, Avengers Academy already had plenty of that, and I’m not sure it can handle much more while still keeping a healthy fanbase. Many of these new systems are highly reminiscent of TinyCo’s Futurama: Worlds of Tomorrow [Free], and that app seems to have gone over like a lead balloon both critically and commercially.

Still, there’s no sense worrying about it before we see how the hand plays out. I’m hoping these new changes don’t skew the game too badly against players who are unwilling or unable to throw balled-up wads of hundred-dollar bills at it, and I think the user interface needs a serious re-examination, but it is nice to see so much effort put into an update at this stage of the game’s life. This isn’t really what I was looking or hoping for from Avengers Academy, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be cool in its own right.

TouchArcade