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Do you dream of leading Earth's Mightiest Heroes into battle... in the fashion of a 1992 JRPG? The Marvel's Avengers Alliance is for you. This game got its start on Facebook before jumping to iOS, and now it's here to grab a few Android users before they go back to re-watching the Captain America DVD.

The game is a lot like Marvel's War Of Heroes, except with a more story-focused campaign and no collectible card game pretense. You're a rookie SHIELD recruit who's tasked with assembling the Avengers (and a bunch of random Marvel characters that tend to float among the universe's many, many super teams) to fight the staple bad guys. Naturally each hero has his or her strengths and weaknesses, and you'll need to strategically use them in turn-based RPG-style combat to best meet each challenge.

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Unfortunately, the game has a lot more in common with ancient RPGs, like animation that's barely noticeable, an interface that would need a lot of work even before it could be called "cumbersome," and lots of still-frame text crawling to flesh out the story. Though the character models are pretty, you're really only going to see a few frames for each one - not exactly the visual splendor that you'd expect from the comic book source material. You'll need an Internet connection to play, and multiplayer isn't available at launch.

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Other aspects of the game are depressingly modern: it's got both a power cool-down and a huge focus on in-game currency in two flavors. You guessed it, that means a big push towards in-app purchases. If you really need to scratch your Marvel itch, you might want to check out Marvel Puzzle Quest instead... or just read some of the comics in Comixology. It might be cheaper in the long run.

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • Rahul Gupta

    Injustice : The Gods among us is better in every aspect.

    • Mayoo

      This isn't a "who is better than who" contest.

      • Rahul Gupta

        Well, agreed! That was my point of view after watching the game trailer. :)

        • Cannuck

          Oh, Canada doesn't not exist to the vengeful pink slime, eh? (frame 0:03) Its just as well they only see Canada as part of the ocean. We also don't need heros neither, with their big egos. They just cause more bad-guys to exist anyway...

      • M

        *"who is better than whom"

  • Stone Cold

    Unless it allows FB connect pointless start from scratch.

  • Matthew Fry

    Is that white Nick Fury? What is this, the 1990's? Psssh.
    nevermind. That must be the recruit character. Marvel Puzzle Quest is infuriatingly random and their difficulty ratings make me sad because "trivial" battles still kick my butt sometimes.

    Oh. Also. I HATE PAY2PLAY. Even with the dialed in lack of animations, I probably would have paid a few bucks for a mindless RPG that was properly balanced.

  • healthydose

    There's something wrong with this game, I'm sure of it.

  • ginobili

    I already spent a lot of time in that game in facebook, i won't come back i swear.. because i've got to spend my time with Marvel Puzzle Quest

    Fucking games stealing all my free or non-free time

  • Grejutor

    well if u start playing on android add me as an ally. playID: Grejutor

  • Flaystus

    Is there no way to backup this up and transfer phones? Far as I can tell you lose everything if you get a new device.

  • supertb1

    I refuse to start over.. fix this so I can link my facebook account..

  • runar

    Add me, game id Runar
    Daily player. :)

  • Kevin McCarty

    At last, I have found a hack that gave me gold, silver, and s.h.i.e.l.d points and leveled me up. I have taken it from here:

  • jordan

    I wanted this so bad for android. I rather play on my phone then pc. Thats why u stopped playing on Facebook