With the amazing success of one of the best superhero films
ever, the Avengers, Marvel Entertainment are hoping to continue
the popularity with their latest iOS game, The Avengers
Initiative, the first installment of this series. For those who
have played the Infinity Blade series, this touch screen game is
basically Marvel's equivalent which features some amazing
graphics, sturdy gameplay and even the ability to customise your
For Marvel purists, the story of the Avengers Initiative
continues from the Facebook game, Marvel Avengers Alliance which
saw many of the world's most dangerous villains released from
the Vault, a top-secret S.H.I.E.L.D. facility in the Rocky
Mountains. This was caused by The Pulse, a gigantic EMP blast.
In order to fix this mess, Nick Fury has
recruited the HULK to help capture the villains and to investigate
who was responsible behind The Pulse. Although the Hulk is the
first playable character in this series, additional Avengers
will be available through subsequent episodes.
At its core, the Avengers Initiative is a brawler on the iOS
which that is quite reminiscent of Infinity Blade and requires
the player to fight a variety of enemies as they pummel the
absolute living daylights out of each other. Before the game
throws you into the deep end of the game, the first level of
Avengers Initiative serves as a tutorial which teaches you how
to navigate and attack. Movement is generally an on the rails
experience, however combat can be quite in-depth as you fight
your way through the various gaming levels.
Fighting is the highlight of the game which allows you to
perform a variety of attacks on your opponents, finishing
manoeuvres and some really fun special moves. As the Hulk
makes his way to the blast zone of the Vault, the super villain
prison, he fights some familiar Marvel enemies along the way
that include Wendigo, Abomination, the Kronan, and the Skrulls.
In terms of gameplay, nany of these attacks require the player to slash the screen in
a particular direction but you also have access to blocks and
sidesteps. As you progress, you are awarded experience which can
be used to "level-up" the Hulk which is also recorded via the Marvel
XP system that allows you to share your Avengers information on
Facebook. You can even unlock various costumes and abilities for
the Hulk which gives the player some good incentives to finish
this game and even play again.
Graphics and audio is as impressive as the gameplay on the iPhone 4S. The
characters are well animated and look like their comic
counterparts. Environments are detailed but the star of this game
are the battles themselves which are quite epic at times, albeit
sometimes quite frustrating. The HD visuals easily make this one
of the best iOS games of the year in terms of graphics and the
sound effects compliment the graphics and gameplay. Just be
warned that this is one massive download and is just over 1GB.
All in all, Avengers Alliance is a fun game for the iOS,
especially if you love brawlers!