Captain America: The Winter Soldier Review

Captain America: The Winter Soldier Review

Apr 1, 2014

Movie companion apps are almost always a good idea, and Gameloft provides us with another one in Captain America: TWS.

The game starts off with an urban backdrop, with a good deal of mayhem reflected in the visuals. The 3D graphics are intricately done, with high rise buildings seemingly getting just as much design attention as character shadows and road surface markings. The Captain looks heroic as ever, even from the top down perspective that the game is rendered in. The colors that are used to highlight health and good versus evil are bright and hard to miss.

The gameplay itself is a combat thriller with fantastic beat ’em up elements; The Captain and his crew do cap1S.H.I.E.L.D’s bidding. There are plenty of henchmen to dispatch, which Cap does physically with his hands, feet and shield. The attacks are automatic as soon as our hero gets within arms length of the baddies, and when enough damage is inflicted, the bad guy is vanquished. It goes both ways though, Cap and his crew have a set amount of damage they can sustain, too; Cap’s life bar is in the top left. Fortunately, there are health packs that help assuage a bit of damage. Movement is achieved via joystick or simply touching the screen you want Cap to move to. There are special powers, and Cap’s shield is a weapon in and of itself, and can be flung by swiping.

An interesting part of the game is the aforementioned crew. Success opens up more spots, and some are quite useful. The sniper, for instance, is able to take out the enemy from a distance, thereby neutralizing danger before it gets close. There are familiar bosses too, multiplayer functionality and upgradable equipment.

All in all, it’s a decent game, free to play, albeit for only two levels; to go on, one needs to unlock the game for $2.99.

Marvel Run Jump Smash! Review

Marvel Run Jump Smash! Review

Feb 24, 2014

Like most of mobile games based on popular franchises, Marvel Run Jump Smash! is disappointing. Not horrible, but horribly disappointing. Its main problem is that, being a somewhat decent runner, it doesn’t utilize any pros that come with Marvel franchise. It’s baffling, to say he truth. There’s no pretty artwork, no character interaction and no story. The game is seemingly based on the premise of Avngers, with Loki stealing a McGuffin and flying away with it, while the heroes chase after him, but I’m pretty sure I didn’t heard a single line of story, or voice acting, aside from some grunts and screams. It’s easy to forget that you’re actually playing a game about world-famous superheroes, and it starts to degrade into some generic runner rather quickly.

The gameplay isn’t much different from other horizontal runners, and plays pretty smoothly, if repetitively. The player runs as one of the S.H.I.E.L.D. agents, Nick Fury or Maria Hill, running after Loki, collecting the golden tokens, and shooting the bad guys that stand in his way. Sometimes, the agent runs into a hero token that replaces him with a hero. Each hero has some special powers and unique abilities, some of them unlocked by spending the player-obtained gold. Iron Man can shoot laser beam out of his arms and fly, Hulk can jump down on enemies, but there’s a range of skills that can be applied to any of them at random, spending some gold. These heroes only last for a while, to be replaced by the agentMarvel Run Jump Smash! 3 again, and the cycle repeats. The gold is spent not only on hero upgrades, but also on general improvements that let the heroes run for longer, before switching back to an agent or get more gold per run, as well as on expendable power-ups.

Marvel Run Jump Smash! has lots of enemies and various power-ups that can keep the game interesting, but only for a while. Although using different heroes and having actual battle mechanics that differ for each one of them does count for an interesting idea, it’s not enough to keep a fan of the movie, or comics, glued to the screen for long. As I said, I’ve lost any connection to a Marvel franchise after a while and just played it as another mediocre runner. Which, I think, it really is.