Black Panther Is Here!

In conjunction with the observance of Black History Month, Marvel Studios lined up their release of the extremely anticipated Black Panther movie (opens tonight, across North America). A critically acclaimed super-hero movie that was written by, directed by, and is starring new and prominent black Hollywood names. It’s a big deal.

“Everybody’s minds are opening up” says Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman, regarding the film’s message.

It also happens to be the 10 year anniversary of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which saw nearly every Marvel super-hero come together in the same room for the first time ever.

The Marvel Universe happens to be one of the only giant brands that has had continual success with their mobile game library. They are tasty, bit-sized nostalgia trips into the beloved comic book realms we all love. So this week, in celebration of the launch of Black Panther, we’re taking a look at four awesome Marvel titles for on the go. Most of which have added content updates that include Black Panther characters.

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Marvel Puzzle Quest

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Why Play? Match-three adaptations of popular franchises didn’t really hit their stride until a reason to be doing such a task was introduced. In Marvel Puzzle Quest, you experience a storyline (albeit not too deep), and take on the bad guys. In order to deal damage, or perform combos, you have to match crystals (in three or more) in a frantic, and clever way. It’s a vibrant and uncomplicated way to have fun for a few minutes at a time.

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Marvel Avengers Academy

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Why Play? Avengers Academy is the most sims fun you can have with your favorite Marvel characters. You take over a facility charged with training teenaged versions of superheroes, and can spend plenty of time collecting, and optimizing your layout. It’s a remarkably well thought out way to get a “city builder” into the Marvel Universe and is well worth your time. Even if it’s just for the hilarity of watching young Tony Stark and Thor try to get along.

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Marvel Strike Force

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Why Play? FoxNet’s Strike Force isn’t out for every region yet—though it’s slated for a March 2018 release—but we can assure you it will be worth the wait. Marvel has finally brought us the squad-building turn-based fighter (inspired by Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes) that we’ve been asking for. The team at FoxNet have really stepped up and brought some of the best visuals on mobile, as well as an art-style that is nearly unrivaled today. Much is still to come from Strike Force, but it’s time to Marvel-squad up!

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Marvel: Contest of Champions

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Why Play?  The pride of Vancouver mobile development, Kabam single-handedly revolutionized one-vs-one fighting games on the mobile platform. Many times, before Contest of Champions, developers tried porting over the abundant of inputs used for fighting games on consoles, but it’s always too much. CoC uses a handful of screen taps (right side of screen for attack, left side for defense) and inventing swipes to create the most robust, and intuitive control scheme we’ve ever experienced. Fight your way through a gauntlet of Marvel characters, level up and collect your favorites in this comic book fighter.

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- Adrian Crook www.adriancrook.com