Avengers Initiative Review: The Incredible Hulk Smashes iPhone AND iPad!

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From the looks of it, you can already see the resemblance with Infinity Blade. Let’s forget that for a second, and what you have on your phone is a full 3D Marvel comic characters fighting on your phone.

Avengers Initiative (Universal: $6.99)  

“In the wake of The Pulse, The Vault, a top‐secret S.H.I.E.L.D. facility in the Rocky Mountains, has busted open, releasing all of the super‐powered criminals and monsters imprisoned there. Aboard the S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier, Nick Fury recruits a reluctant HULK to round up all the monsters he can while S.H.I.E.L.D. can assemble the rest of THE AVENGERS to figure out who opened the doors to The Vault‐ and why.”

Presentation

For this first episode of the Avengers Initiative, you’re playing as the Hulk and I have to admit that the environments and characters are surprisingly detailed. And the best news is that apart from the rare occasion, the game ran smoothly.

Controls

Again, I hate to do this to the game, but it has controls we’ve come to expect from Infinity Blade. Swiping on the screen has Hulk attack enemies, while swiping on the same direction as your enemy is attacking parries their move. The most unique Hulk twist to the game is the defensive stamina bar, which can be used to deal full-damage attacks at enemies when they’re not open for damage.

Gameplay

As far as battles go, it’s what you expect. The Hulk, and his enemies, fight a little differently than the swords in Infinity Blade. The punches look cooler, and are a refreshing take on combat, but are also harder to judge the direction of a punch. Combat is pretty satisfying, with the Hulk being able to both dodge punches as well as throw a mean swing.

As with Infinity Blade, there are multiple paths you can take which will lead to more enemies, and boss fights along the way. In place of gold bags, there are ISO-8 gems scattered throughout the game. Taking down an enemy grants you experience and currency, which can be used for upgrades.

Conclusion

I was a bit disappointed with Avengers Initiative. Although it’s not a straight copy of Infinity Blade, it took an easy road following a lot of the components from the game and replacing them with things from the Marvel universe. However, that being said, the game itself isn’t bad. It’s just nothing new. But if you really want to beat monsters up as the Hulk, hey, there’s an app for that. 5/10.

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