If you like Bejeweled and other similar puzzle-slider games, then you may want to take a look at Marvel Puzzle Quest. This game takes the puzzle genre and adds a combative twist with your favorite characters from the Marvel Universe. As this is a free game on Steam, you don’t have anything to lose but time by trying it out. However, I was sucked in and probably play it more than I should throughout the day.
Marvel Puzzle Quest plays much like other games of the same type; move your pieces to match three of a like stone or better. However, there is more to the gameplay as each of these moves is a combat attack. The more stones you match together, the greater the damage. Stones you then collect while in a match can be used for the special abilities of your characters.
There are many characters from the Marvel Universe present in MPQ, and each of them has their own unique abilities. As you unlock additional skills through playing, your characters can level up and become more powerful. However, a star rating system prevents lower levels from being superior. Each tier of stars relates to more powerful characters that can level up past lower tiers. For example, a two-star character can go higher levels than a one-star.
Plot and Script
The plot of the story line is interesting and fairly well developed. However, the script is quite campy and is often not reflective of actual comic books. Not too bash MPQ too badly, but my 10-year old writes the equivalent for her quests in Spore: Galactic Adventures. Although the verbiage is questionable and seemingly immature in places, the game play itself makes up for it.
The controls for the game are fairly straight forward: move a selected block to make a match of three or better in a row. Selecting hero abilities is easy as they will highlight once you have enough stones to operate them. That’s essentially everything you need to know about controlling the game.
While the game can be easily played in a single-player environment, joining clans or playing PvP is possible. The system does have a basic ability for communicating with others on your team, and you have the ability to assist other players should they ask for help by sending one of your own characters. While MPQ might not have the social integration as larger games such as EverQuest, there is enough to give you that sense of playing with others. This also reduces the grieving as seen in other games which can ruin the experience.
There are many pros to Marvel Puzzle Quest that may make the download and install worth your time. Some of these are:
- It’s Free: Although you can put money into the game, you can earn everything you need to play without spending a dime.
- Immersive: Between building strategies and the perfect combination of mutants for abilities, the game can be very immersive.
- Event Driven Play: Daily and weekly events that offer upgrade rewards can entice any player to keep coming back. Pitting yourself against thousands of others in these events adds the layer of competition which drives many games to succeed.
In today’s world, you can’t have the good without accepting the bad. However, the cons in this case are small in comparison to what you get.
- Scripting: The plot itself may be decent, but the banter and script from characters in the game is campy and too immature for some audiences.
- Artwork: Some of the artwork for the character models is a bit on the ridiculous side. It’s not the work itself, but the facial expressions some of the characters have that make it unattractive.
If you like puzzle games and know what the Marvel Universe is, then Marvel Puzzle Quest might be one of those games you’d need for your collection. Although the script is reminiscent of something you’d see in a kids cartoon, the game play is worth the droll humor. This is one of those games that I will probably continue to play off and on for quite some time. It’s perfect as one of those, “I have five minutes to spare, lets play a round” type of games.