Marvel Strike Force
Marvel Strike Force loading screen.jpg
Loading screen for Marvel Strike Force (Ant-Man and the Wasp update)
Developer(s)FoxNext (2018-2020)
Scopely (2020-present)[1]
Publisher(s)FoxNext (2018-2020)
Scopely (2020-present)
EngineUnity[2]
Platform(s)Android, iOS, iPadOS
ReleaseMarch 28, 2018
Genre(s)Role-playing
Mode(s)Single-player, multiplayer

Marvel Strike Force is a turn-based role-playing mobile game by FoxNext (later acquired by Scopely) for Android, iOS, and iPadOS platforms.[3][4][5][6] The game was launched worldwide on March 28, 2018, and is primarily set in the Marvel Universe.

Premise

The Earth has fallen under siege by sinister forces led by Ultimus. Agents of S.T.R.I.K.E. (Special Tactical Reserve for Interdimensional Key Events) have been called to assemble squads of heroes and villains to combat Ultimus's legions, that includes mind-controlled versions of the heroes and villains (existing in alternate universes), before Earth falls under Ultimus' control.[5][7][8]

In addition to this campaign, special sub-plot events are also released, loosely based on recent Marvel films that have been released, starting with Avengers: Infinity War.

Gameplay

Marvel Strike Force allows players to collect Marvel Universe characters from both the heroes and villains and generic characters from large organizations such as S.H.I.E.L.D., The Hand and Hydra, and use them to fight in turn-based battles. There are multiple ways to collect characters: some are given to players immediately, whereas others are gained via gameplay or as in-game rewards in the form of shards that are earned by players to unlock and or promote their characters. Shards can either be earned from winning battles or bought from a shop. Players level up their user level by gaining experience by completing daily quests or completing battles.

Battles are divided up into rounds, with the character with the highest speed attribute going first. Each team consists of up to five characters (though some AI teams in raids can have far more characters than that) who battle until defeated or reinforcements enter. Battles are turn-based, based on the speed attribute, where the combatants apply healing and various buffs to their own team and damage and debuffs to the opponent all the while trying to deal the most overall damage and having the last character alive.

Players may join alliances that form the main group inside of the game, which can include up to 24 players and be private or open. Alliances allow players to play in raids and wars and to access alliance milestones. These alliances can be created by any player or created by the game. All players must be in an alliance, so if a player leaves or is kicked from an alliance, the game will assign a new one.

Characters usually appear in their attire from the existing comics; a costume currency is available for purchasing attire for certain characters based on their Marvel Cinematic Universe appearances, old comic appearances or other notable media appearances. The attire sets have no bearing on the characters' moves, it's there for added color.

Modes

The main game modes are Arena, Blitz, Raids, Alliance War, Real Time Arena, Cosmic Crucible, Alliance War, Campaign, Challenges, Dark Dimension, Scourges, and Sagas. The first four of those have their own currencies that can be spent on character shards or items. All modes are played versus a computer-controlled AI, except Real Time Arena where you play against other players; this includes the Arena, Blitz, Cosmic Crucible, and Alliance War battles in which the AI controls a player-created team.

All the player's selected characters must survive in order to earn all three stars available for the Stage, which will enable Auto-Win for that Stage, which allows the player to earn resources for that Stage without going through a full battle. Enemy squad members will generally have glowing red eyes, indicating their control by Ultimus.

Bio Characters

Marvel characters who are naturally enhanced or they have become biologically enhanced (due to natural events or experimental purposes) will fall under the “Bio” category.

Mutant Characters

Marvel characters who carry the “X” gene mutation will fall under the “Mutant” category.

Mystic Characters

Marvel characters who practice the mystical arts and/or are considered mystical beings will fall under the “Mystic” category.

Skill Characters

Marvel characters who are professionally trained in hand-to-hand combat and whose origins are related to the alternate traits of mystic, mutant, tech, or bio will fall under the “Skill” category.

Tech Characters

Marvel characters who are technologically advanced or if the character primarily derives from technology, they will fall under the Tech category.

Teams

Reception

Critical

Game Informer criticised the expensive content and numerous bugs, concluding that it "feels designed to frustrate players until they finally cave and spend."[10]

Sales

Marvel Strike Force generated $150 million in sales during its first year of operation (2018) on the iOS and Android platforms.[11] Growth continued modestly to $180+ million in sales in 2019, but exploded in 2020 with approximately $300 million in revenue.[12]

Awards

The game was nominated for "Mobile Game of the Year" at the SXSW Gaming Awards,[13] and won the People's Voice Award for "Games" in the "Video" category of the 2019 Webby Awards, whereas its other nomination was for "Strategy/Simulation Game" under the "Games" category.[14][15] Google Play awarded it as the best breakthrough game of 2019, which is for overall design, user experience, engagement and retention, and strong growth.[16] The game was also nominated for "Best Live Ops" at the Pocket Gamer Mobile Games Awards,[17] and for "Strategy/Simulation" at the 2020 Webby Awards.[18]

References

  1. ^ "Scopely Acquires FoxNext Games". Los Angeles Business Journal. January 22, 2020.
  2. ^ "Marvel Strike Force". Marvel Strike Force official website. Retrieved January 8, 2018.
  3. ^ Spangler, Todd (November 20, 2017). "'Marvel Strike Force' Mobile Fighting Game Release Date Set for 2018 (Video)". Variety.
  4. ^ Devore, Jordan (November 20, 2017). "Marvel Strike Force is the new squad-based superhero RPG". Destructoid.
  5. ^ a b Tylwalk, Nick (November 21, 2017). "Marvel Strike Force Looks Like Another Marvel Game You Need in Your Life". Gamezebo. Retrieved January 7, 2018.
  6. ^ Sander, Alec (July 20, 2018). "'Marvel Strike Force – A Stroke of Genius'". Bluemoongame.com.
  7. ^ "Marvel Strike Force – About the Game". Marvel Strike Force official website. Retrieved January 8, 2018.
  8. ^ "Marvel Strike Force Teaser Trailer". YouTube. Marvel Entertainment. November 20, 2017. Retrieved January 8, 2018.
  9. ^ Shea, Brian. "Marvel Strike Force Developers Talk Adding PvP, The Reemergence Of Thanos, And What Year Three Holds". Game Informer.
  10. ^ https://www.gameinformer.com/opinion/2022/02/07/marvel-strike-force-epitomizes-why-players-are-wary-of-free-to-play-games?amp
  11. ^ "'Marvel Strike Force' Generates $150 Million in First Year". Retrieved October 24, 2019.
  12. ^ "Introducing Boundless Entertainment, a Scopely Studio!". Scopely. Retrieved 2021-11-15.
  13. ^ Trent, Logan (February 11, 2019). "Here Are Your 2019 SXSW Gaming Awards Finalists!". South by Southwest. Retrieved February 16, 2019.
  14. ^ Liao, Shannon (April 23, 2019). "Here are all the winners of the 2019 Webby Awards". The Verge. Retrieved April 26, 2019.
  15. ^ "2019 Winners". The Webby Awards. April 22, 2019. Retrieved April 26, 2019.
  16. ^ "2019 Google Play Award winners highlight top Android apps and games". 9to5Google. May 6, 2019. Retrieved May 14, 2019.
  17. ^ "The winners of 2020". Pocket Gamer. Retrieved January 30, 2020.
  18. ^ "Webby Awards: Games". The Webby Awards. May 19, 2020. Retrieved May 20, 2020.