Guardians of the Galaxy: The Universal Weapon iPhone Game Review.
When Guardians of the Galaxy, the movie, was released this year, it was quite a hit. I don’t know what you expected of it, but after all the already legendary Marvel movie hits, I didn't expect this one to be so remarkable. So, it was quite a surprise to see just how fast it got so popular. And an even bigger surprise that Guardians of the Galaxy wasn’t just buzz worthy, but also one of the best Marvel movies so far. And Guardians of the Galaxy, the game, is not too shabby, either.
How it works
Guardians of the Galaxy: The Universal Weapon follows the story of the comic (and, of course, the movie) from the Guardians’ escape out of Prison 42, and all the way up to Xandar. Your job? Move from one place to another, following the storyline. To do so, you must clear all the levels along the way. At first, you only have Star-Lord to do the job. But as you clear missions, you unlock more and more Guardians to have by your side. And since you can only use four Guardians in every mission, you must choose wisely. Because, besides Star-Lord, Gamora, Groot, and Rocket, there are many other Guardians prepared to fight. Each one with its special skills, and super-powers.
Every level plays out mostly the same way. Your task is to control the four Guardians in the battle against the enemies standing in their way. Join their forces to destroy an enemy faster. Spread them up to destroy more enemies at the same time. Use their special powers agains enemies, or to protect and help each other heal faster. Complete missions, and win orbs, equipment, and coins after clearing every level. Make sure your Guardians are always equipped with the best weapons and armor you have in store. Then, go complete another mission.
Follow the story in Mission Mode, or practise in Arena Play Mode
You can play Guardians of the Galaxy: The Universal Weapon either in Mission or Arena Play Mode. While the Mission Mode follows the comic’s storyline, the Arena Play Mode is more of an exercise zone. Here, you can grow your Guardians’ XP, get coins, and other items to make sure they are better equipped, and prepared for the following missions.
Not the best controls
As far as the controls are concerned, they are pretty easy to use, and since there aren’t many controls to begin with, it’s simple to remember them. I’m not, however, particularly happy with having to swipe on the screen to move the Guardian from one point to another, or towards an enemy to attack him. First of all, I think tapping in the direction you want the character to follow, or on the enemy you want him to attack is a more intuitive control than swiping. And second of all, the controls are too similar, and if you’re not careful, the Guardian might end up moving towards the enemy, instead of attacking him. Plus, using a Guardian’s special power is also a bit confusing. At first, it’s simple: you just tap on the special power icon, and that’s it. But then, you have to make some sort of combos to be able to activate these powers, and all this just seemed to be way too complicated.
But a really nice storyline
The graphics are cute, though. Nothing extravagant, just nice, and simple. And the game is extremely centred on the story, which I really liked. It feels like you’re reading the comic, while being part of the outcome. Like it is a story in the making, and you are its maker…although you follow a pre-written storyline, and it’s not an anything-can-happen, open-world sort of game.
All things considered, I don’t think Guardians of the Galaxy: The Universal Weapon is such a big hit among games, as the movie was in its branch. But I can see myself playing it for the next couple of days. I don’t find it to be extremely engaging, but I admire all the work that was put into its making. It’s an action-packed time waster for any place you’re at, and any kind of free time you have, especially since you don’t need an internet connection to play it. Plus, it’s App of the Week, starting today. So, you can download it totally free of charge this week.
Developer: Marvel Entertainment
Version reviewed: 1.3
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