Marvel continues its onslaught of games in the Play Store, and this time they've decided to take the well-trodden road marked "endless runner." Marvel Run Jump Smash is pretty typical of the genre, and at first it looks like a carbon copy of Jetpack Joyride. But there's a surprising amount of depth beneath that cutesy exterior, and the 2D art might be enough for the one dollar entry fee alone.

You start off as a basic SHIELD agent, either Nick Fury or Maria Hill, running and jumping through a fairly typical sprite environment. Of course you'll have to avoid bad guys and obstacles while picking up coins, but you can also shoot enemies (yes!) or jump on them Mario-style. The titular Avengers serve the same function as vehicles in most endless runners: a combination shield and power-up. Hulk, Iron Man, Captain America, and Black Widow are available from the get go, and you unlock more heroes as you go. Each one has a unique basic attack and special attack, and various power-ups and shields are scattered throughout the levels.

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Marvel Run Jump Smash isn't all that flashy, but it's much more accessible than some of Marvel's other Android games like Avengers Initiative and Avengers Alliance. Plus, it's got a tiny bobblehead Loki riding a glider. What more do you want? The game is one dollar with the usual currency-based in-app purchases, and it's available on Android devices running 2.3 Gingerbread or higher.

Michael Crider
Michael is a native Texan and a former graphic designer. He's been covering technology in general and Android in particular since 2011. His interests include folk music, football, science fiction, and salsa verde, in no particular order.

  • TheOtherJames

    Are there any genres they haven't done yet? Tower defense maybe?

    • tocsin

      Is 'good' a genre?

    • http://AppsZoom.com/ Peter Warrior

      Expect ringboards soon.

  • Mayoo

    These days, I loathe any game that doesn't integrates Google Play Services or at least cloud saves.

    But hey, I have a lot of free money standing by since the KitKat contest. So I'll give it a try.

    EDIT: Oh it does connect! But the Play Store doesn't show it. Maybe it's just cloud saves then. I'll start playing and see. PlayStore should really add an icon when cloud saves are enabled, like they show icons for achievements and leaderboards.

    • vwbeetlvr

      Can you even play the game? It won't load for me.

      • Mayoo

        I do. But I had to deactivate wifi. But FYI, I am on a work network that blocks many games. So maybe it is because of that.

        • vwbeetlvr

          Mine won't load on Verizon 4g or Verizon 3g.

          • vwbeetlvr

            Hmm.... It loaded once I turned off adaway.... I guess it does not like me blocking ads....

        • Barbara J. Kuester


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  • vwbeetlvr

    This game is broken it won't load says failed connecting to servers. Have you even played it at all or is this just a paid advertisement like polygon?

  • remister

    Well I guess, I shall put the Google Survey Play Store credits to good use.

    • firesoul453

      Ha ha I might do the same thing.

  • Paladin

    video is "private"

  • noe

    gamed removed from google playstore.