With the success of the mobile game Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes it was inevitable clones would start to emerge. Combining RPG elements and loot boxes, the new Marvel Strike Force game from developer FoxNext Games is essentially the same game but set in the Marvel Universe. A free to play game, Marvel Strike Force lets players can collect tons of Marvel characters, level them up, find and equip them with items. Using five character teams, each having a different type or role in your group, just like classic role playing games, players must use strategy to build a well rounded team to be successful. At this point I cannot think of a mobile game type Marvel does not have covered, as the only type lacking as the RPG with the loss of Marvel’s Avengers Alliance a couple years back. Will Marvel Strike Force be able to hold a candle to it? I was a huge fan of that game and was sad to see it and the considerable amount of time and real money I invested go into the wind. Read on and see.
Marvel Strike Force looks great graphically, although as a comic book fan, I must admit I am not in love with the art style. Some of the male faces just look constipated to me, Punisher is a good example. The attack animations are fun to watch and there is a great level of detail in the costumes of these beloved characters. Even the basic characters like “shield support” troopers and others look pretty cool. The music and sound is what you would expect, but honestly I never have sound on when I am gaming on my phone. Gameplay is king when it comes to mobile games, and that is where Marvel Strike Force shines the most.
There are five types of character classes in Marvel Strike Force. Blasters are your “glass cannons” and able to dish out some serious damage but can’t take a hit very well. Brawlers are your melee up close and personal combat type, good damage but also some more survivability. Controllers are more niche, providing effects that hinder your opponents. Protectors are the “tanks”, they can force attacks on themselves and take a beating. Finally Support characters are the “healers” in Marvel Strike Force and a must for survival. As you collect different characters you must also take into account if they are a hero or villain. Kind of how the previously mentioned Star Wars game uses light and dark side. There are different campaigns and other aspects where players must build their team of only heroes or only villains. It can be a little overwhelming but Marvel Strike Force does a good job of helping new players learn with tips and tutorials.
There is a ton to do in Marvel Strike Force. Players are awarded for logging in daily of course. There are daily quests/tasks to do that aware experience and other items needed to upgrade or unlock characters. As with many previous Marvel mobile games, energy is used to perform action and proceed in the various chapters. This refreshes over time or other resources can be used to refill if you are impatient. This constant intake of resources is designed to keep you playing over the course of the day. Keep them coming back for more is the obvious business model here. Thankfully once you have defeated a battle and earned the highest three stars rating, you can auto win them and save some time if just farming for materials or in a rush to use up some energy. This is something I love about Marvel Strike Force, it can be played the way you the player want depending on your time available.
There are various events that will unlock as your base level increases. These will provide, you guessed it, more resources. With PVP arena battles, Alliance raids (ala Marvel Future Fight Alliances) and Blitz battles as well, there isnt a lack of content in Marvel Strike Force. All of these of course provide the various things you will need to level up your characters, collect new characters and generally build the team you want that fits your play style. From what I could see in my time playing, everything was very well balanced. If you are a fan of role playing games, Marvel comics, and enjoy farming for resources like I do, Marvel Strike Force could be your new go to for mobile play.
Marvel Strike Force is available now on iOS and Android. This review is based on the iOS version played on an iPhone 7.