Stack your best roster of heroes and villains to enlist in the contest.
Get your heroes fight the matches to earn them wins and upgrades.
Scour for better heroes to put up in your team as you progress in the game.
You know you’re in for a great promise upon playing something that shouts copyrights for its materials. Well, the game Marvel Contest of Champions should definitely be on top of the list, especially honing a huge cast of heroes and villains (in the marvel universe) - you get to enjoy controlling over its simple arcade battles. Coupled with minute-long fast paced rounds, intuitive input controls, and a wide range of things to sort out in the game – you’re definitely in for an addictive game.
Loosely inspired by Marvel’s mini-series Contest of Champions, the game takes the similar plot of having all iconic marvel figures (heroes and villains alike) brainwashed into enlisting to take part in an all out tourney. Pulled off with the similar structure to those of Mortal Kombat X, Injustice, and WWE Immortals, what we have here is a one-on-one arcade game pitched in with CCG (card collecting game) elements.
Like that with the other similar games, you mainly set foot in “The Contest” with a random roster of heroes on your card stack. Initially, you’ll have 3 random basic heroes (or villains). Although as you work your way through the matches, you’ll get to upgrade your existing cards, or buy entirely new ones to fill your roster of heroes with. As you steadily earn progress in the game (basically by increasing your battle rating or power), you get to advance in the level map – challenging those increasingly hardened enemies.
The most gratifying aspect of the game is that it pertains to endow players with an effective input controls despite being an arcade game designed for the touch screen devices (we all know how hard that is right?). It does this with its simplified RPS (rock-paper-scissors) mechanics. With simple gestures, you get to do an attack, dodge, or block with your character – each of which has its strength and weakness over the other options. With that, the game ensures that the matches are still relatively fluid and just as exciting.
Like that of similar games on the market, Marvel Contest of Champions funnels your progress on a steady stream with its own energy system -- a movement penalty system that mainly limits your actions for every fraction of time playing in the game. Additionally, in the game’s versus mode (where you get to be matched up with other online players), you get penalized with a fixed two-hour cool down duration every time each of your combatants enlists for a battle. By all means though, you may opt to purchase your way through these limits simply via micro-transactions. Additionally, you get to purchase crystals too, the game’s prime currency, which mainly gets you the resources to upgrade your cards, or randomly get you additional heroes or villains in your roster.
Presentation wise, there really isn’t much to complain with this full 3D rendered game, with tons of arenas for the variety of environment to play with, complete with a collection of 58 different combatants in its belt (most of which are comprised of the more famous characters from recent films like Iron Man, Hulk, Spider Man, Captain America, Dead Pool, etc). One minute drawback to the wonderfully addictive game is that it requires a solid connection in order to play the game. Nonetheless, there is still a lot to love about the game that could easily get you hooked!