Review: MARVEL Strike Force

MARVEL Strike Force is a rather straightforward turn-based RPG that puts you in charge of S.T.R.I.K.E or the Special Tactical Reverse for International Key Events. It was originally the UK’s version of S.H.I.E.L.D in the comics but serves as a branch of S.H.I.E.L.D that is ready for more immediate threats in-game.

Review: MARVEL Strike Force

Your primary opponent is Ultimus who has corrupted heroes and villains in multiple dimensions to do his bidding. As a result, you will work with the heroes and villains of your home dimension to set everything right. Needless to say, it’s a massive task.

Gameplay

The core gameplay is compiling a team of five max to fight another team that is usually four or five. MARVEL Strike Force characters that can be recruited have different speeds, strengths, and abilities. Some can reheal themselves or teammates, others can damage all enemies with one attack, while others can cause bleed damage.

This is just an example of all the possible abilities and skills in the game. There is a progress ladder for skills which open up when a character reaches a certain level and if enough orbs or prisms are available to level up that attack or skill.

Characters can be leveled up in pretty standard fashion. They can level up like normal but are hindered by the Commander’s (you) level. Your own level raises by completed objectives, milestones, in battle, raids, and so on. These are also how you will earn money and supplies to upgrade your team members and buy supplies needed to upgrade them.

Review: MARVEL Strike Force

There are a number of Daily Objectives where you can earn orbs, money, and supplies, so you’ll want to take advantage of those. You’ll also want to pay attention to each of missions nodes in the main storylines (Assemble and Villains) and other major missions as they will give you the shards needed for particular characters and other supplies needed to upgrade your team members’ gear. A quick hint, try to do all of the daily challenges (where you see Wolverine). You’ll be able to get Wolverine in 45 shards and you’re awarded five shards daily for completing all of those.

Outside of the Blitz and Arena challenges, most can be done easily if you manage to get three stars (no team member lost) in battle. When you do, that particular fight node is open to auto fights.

You can find MARVEL Strike Force on Android and iOS.

VERDICT

If this game sounds very similar to the excellent DC Legends and Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes, that’s because it follows the exact same formula as those when it comes to the combat, leveling up, and upgrading mechanic. Even the storyline node setup and mixing heroes and villains approach is the same–but it works! If you’re a Marvel Comics fan, enjoy the Cinematic Universe, or like comics in general, you will really dig this game.

GRADE: A-


Starting with Kabir News in 2013, James has focused on tech, gaming, and entertainment. When not writing, he enjoys catching up on sci-fi and horror shows and comics. He can be followed on Twitter @MetalSwift.

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