• Publisher: Konami
  • Release Date: May 22, 2007
  • Also On: PC
Metascore
61

Mixed or average reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 17
  2. Negative: 3 out of 17
  1. 67
    It's not a great game by any measure, but it does an excellent job of tapping into the collector's mentality of comic-book fans.
  2. Marvel TCG isn't too bad as far as digital trading-card games go, but it's unlikely to convert anyone not already invested in TCGs.
  3. Sure playing some TCG can be frustrating but the majority of the time it was always fun. Marvel TCG for the DS is a disappointment when it comes to showing off how fun a TCG should be. You end up with a game that is hard to see, difficult to understand and hard to play which equals to a fun factor of close to zero.
  4. This is a card collecting game, and it appears that it will help keep the genre alive a little longer. It's more akin to a defibrillation than a Genesis.
  5. It's reasonably good-looking, intelligent and fun, but with a lot of flaws.
  6. Not being a fan of this genre, I found myself engaged in reliving some fond memories of heroes and villains I nearly forgot about.
  7. Card battling games have a very distinct target audience, and as so games like Marvel Trading Card Game will not appeal to everyone. But for those gamers who have been raised on Pokemon and Magic, Marvel Trading Card Game will fit right in to their collection.
  8. We absolutely found ourselves drawn to Marvel Trading Card. It's just that the intense complexity and cramped screen real-estate kept it from being the accessible, instantly lovable smash-bang, super hero-em-up that the comics themselves are.
  9. 40
    The problem with Marvel Trading Card Game isn’t the gameplay. Once you’ve figured everything out, it does a decent job mimicking the real thing. But it requires a lot of patience to get comfortable with the game and you’ll be fighting the interface every step of the way.
  10. Those looking at this game as a way to jump into the trading card genre, or just looking for a new way to make their’s Marvel, will be better suited with heading down to the Game Shop and entering the tutelage of the resident ten year old experts.
  11. Marvel Trading Card Game's voluminous stack of cryptic rules, absolutely brutal learning curve, and terrible in-game tutorial make it virtually impossible to play. [Mar. 2007, p.87]
  12. It's a solid first effort from 1st Playable and Konami, but unfortunately it isn't something I can recommend to anyone other than an avid player of the TCG.
  13. 65
    If you’re a fan of Marvel Comics or the trading card game itself, then you’ll want to pick this title up. Others should keep in mind it takes a bit of patience to learn the basic rules.
  14. Cripes, there's a lot of rules and regulations to take in here. [Aug 2007, p.70]
  15. Marvel TCG does a nice job of bringing the battle home for fans, but won't pull many new devotees to the fold.
  16. It's hard to play, but if you like the tabletop version of the game you'll enjoy having this one on the go.
  17. 50
    The Nintendo DS version of Marvel Trading Card Game is a clear example of a poor interface sullying an otherwise great experience.
User Score
4.9

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 7 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 7
  2. Negative: 3 out of 7
  1. WilyC
    May 3, 2009
    0
    Great example of how-not-to-design a videogame. Instead of adapting a card game to take advantage of a console they tried to replicate the Great example of how-not-to-design a videogame. Instead of adapting a card game to take advantage of a console they tried to replicate the physical card play experience on a console. (Turn cards sideways on the screen to exhaust them? Really?!) Solitaire on Windows did a better job of adapting play mechanics. Stay away. Full Review »
  2. Oct 6, 2011
    0
    BY FAR one of the worst games ever created. You want a game that you will lose to the CPU EVERY TIME? Then buy this piece of sh*t. It no hasBY FAR one of the worst games ever created. You want a game that you will lose to the CPU EVERY TIME? Then buy this piece of sh*t. It no has no quality and the presentation and tutorials are a complete failure. Terrible game and one of the worst in video game history. Full Review »
  3. GeraintJ.
    Jul 11, 2007
    9
    A very deep game containing hundreds of cards - some better than others but all potentially useful. interface is good, if slightly A very deep game containing hundreds of cards - some better than others but all potentially useful. interface is good, if slightly unforgiving (no 'cancel' button), you've got a long and challenging single player mode and online play once you're done with that. The only major flaw is the terrible tutorial and steep learning curve. if you either love CCG games or the Marvel Universe this is practically a must-buy, others should bump this down to a 6 or 7. Full Review »