Marvel Avengers Academy
|Marvel Avengers Academy|
|Release||February 4th, 2016|
Marvel Avengers Academy was a freemium mobile game for iOS and Android, based on the characters featured in Marvel Comics. It was released on February 4, 2016. The game was shut down on February 4, 2019. Despite the name, the game was not related to the comic series Avengers Academy.
Marvel Avengers Academy tasked the player with building their own academic campus and populating it with superheroes who have been reimagined as students who are developing their superpowers. Many of the initial characters are voiced by well known celebrities, for example Iron Man voiced by Dave Franco and Alison Brie voicing Black Widow. The game presented the player with a portion of the campus, with more areas being unlocked as they progressed through the game. Characters wandered through the map with more characters able to be recruited by the completion of missions. Others could only be recruited via the use of Infinity Gems. Infinity Gems were a premium currency that were rare in day to day gameplay, but could be bought via microtransactions. The other type of currency generated in the game was coins, gathered by the completion of quests. Completing missions, quests, unlocking characters and building up the campus allowed the player to accrue XP, allowing them to level up. Doing so enabled the player to unlock further buildings and characters, as well as improving their existing characters and buildings.
Periodically, themed events were released which occasionally tied in with releases in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Examples included the Defenders event in August 2017 which coincided with the release of The Defenders on Netflix. Themed events typically involved an enemy faction decamping upon the Academy with the aim of taking over. The player had to defend the Academy while also recruiting new characters to help save the Academy.
To coincide with the game's 2nd anniversary, a new update was released which fundamentally changed the gameplay. Instead of collecting coins from missions, the player now collected stamina, which was used to battle adversaries on a range of permanent battle maps. In addition to characters being leveled up, they could now also be ranked up which permanently raises their HP and combat battle stats.
On December 20, 2018, it was announced that Avengers Academy would be shutting down on its 3rd anniversary.
Marvel Avengers Academy received mixed reviews on launch. Polygon stated that the game was "more fun than it has any right to be", while also praising the character design and story lines. Pocket Gamer was more critical, rating the game at 4/10 and stating that Avengers Academy was "free to play at its very worst". While they also praised the character design, they said the game was geared heavily toward players who will pay in order to progress.
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