While at C2E2 this past weekend, I wasn’t just talking about action figures and ogling Spandex-clad gentlemen. While this convention is mostly about comics, there are usually some games on display there as well. I got to chat with some of the team from D3 Publisher, which is the company that brought us one of my favorite Nintendo DS games ever: Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords. They walked me through a demo of their new game, Marvel Puzzle Quest: Dark Reign.
As its name implies, Marvel Puzzle Quest: Dark Reign is built similarly to the other games in the Puzzle Quest line. It is a “match three” puzzle game like Bejeweled, but Puzzle Quest games offer a strategical element that usually isn’t present in games of this genre. Players must assemble a team of up to three heroes or villains, each of which have different abilities, strengths and weaknesses. I’ve been playing the game since this weekend, and it’s pretty easy to say that it’s one of the more addictive and fun games that I’ve played on my phone (the game is available on iOS, Android, and PC).
There are a ton of features that make Marvel Puzzle Quest: Dark Reign different from its competitors. I was assured that with enough dedication and grinding that all aspects of the game can be accessed without paying a dime of real money. Of course, if you like the game and want to support the developers it would be very easy to drop a few bucks and get some assistance in-game as well. There is a great single player mode with a story written by Marvel legends Frank Tieri and Alex Irvine, and there is also a cool PvP mode which you can tie in to one of your favorite social networks to get assemble your own real-life avenging team. This is definitely a game you should check out, especially considering it’s free. And since you don’t really have to be into comics to appreciate it, it’s hard to see why people would play games like Candy Crush Saga where there are gems like this available.
For more information about the game, head over to their official website.