With the recent release of Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2, a lot of people are starting to notice that Telltale Games’ Guardians Of The Galaxy has already come out. It was actually kind of a quiet release given all the hullabaloo over Marvel’s renewed effort in console gaming. But it’s out, and it’s been pretty well received for the most part.
The aforementioned console push isn’t fully underway just yet. Guardians is a nice start, but it’s the upcoming Spider-Man game and, hopefully, a few new Avengers projects that will really revamp Marvel’s video game reputation with players who favor consoles. What the new Telltale game does represent is another in a long series of terrific mobile games dealing with characters from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In recognition of this game and those that came before it, we wanted to highlight some such titles that are worth your time.
Guardians Of The Galaxy
If you’re familiar with Telltale Games, you don’t need too much explanation for this one. It’s beautiful, it’s based more on plot than on gameplay, and it does a wonderful job of bringing the characters and atmosphere of its subject matter to life. Throw in the awesome music typical of the Guardians movies, and this is probably one of Telltale’s better titles. It’s also about as good on mobile as it is anywhere else.
Marvel Contest Of Champions
We took a look at some of the best fighting games out there back when we were writing about EVO 2017 in January. Contest Of Champions did not make that list. But it still has an argument as the best mobile fighting game, even with mini versions of the likes of Street Fighter and Mortal Kombat available. A lot comes down to how fluid and satisfying the actual fighting mechanics are for these games, and in this regard Marvel’s game can’t be beaten by mobile counterparts. It’s a smooth game with terrific graphics and a huge array of characters. There are valid complaints about the in-game purchase incentives, but it’s a huge game with some really fun fighting action.
Marvel Future Fight
Future Fight seems to be locked in an eternal struggle with Contest Of Champions for Marvel mobile gaming supremacy. The easiest way to describe it is that it’s essentially the RPG version of the same game. That means it has a satisfying number of characters like its counterpart, similar means of leveling up those characters, and lots of fun gameplay that combines an original story with in-game action. The games actually weren’t made by the same developer, but Marvel is directly involved with both. As a result they also tend to get updates that resemble one another (usually dealing with characters relevant to a new film release).
Thor: The Mighty Avenger
It’s not what you might think it is at first glance, but it’s still a very worthwhile title to the right kind of gamer. Thor: The Mighty Avenger is a themed arcade slot machine that has been praised for its attention to detail of the Marvel universe. It will feel familiar in terms of gameplay, But if you happen to like slot and casino gaming then you’ll appreciate how its visuals make it feel very unique in a crowded genre. It’s an homage to Thor and the greater MCU, with a satisfying game built in.
Marvel Spider-Man Unlimited
This is another game revolving primarily around one character, and some might argue it’s the best of the Marvel mobile games. Designed as an endless runner, it actually can be more accurately described as an endless swinger. The game makes you control Spider-Man slinging and launching himself through a never-ending cityscape. There are fights with iconic Spider-Man bad guys built in, but this is really a way to enjoy the endless runner genre within the Spider-Man universe.