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  • Summary: Assemble a team of Marvel’s biggest super heroes and villains and battle with Puzzle Quest’s trademark match-3 and story-telling gameplay in a game that combines favorite Marvel characters with a deep RPG leveling, player vs. player, character upgrades, and more. In the wake ofAssemble a team of Marvel’s biggest super heroes and villains and battle with Puzzle Quest’s trademark match-3 and story-telling gameplay in a game that combines favorite Marvel characters with a deep RPG leveling, player vs. player, character upgrades, and more. In the wake of the Iso-8 Outbreak, the super hero community struggles to recover. Taking advantage of the chaos, super villains take control of National Security. Dark Reign follows these events that twist the destinies of both the heroes and villains of the Marvel Universe forever. FeaturesTWO AWESOME WORLDS UNITEMarvel’s biggest heroes and villains join forces with Puzzle Quest, the award winning match-3 puzzle adventure franchise for an amazing new way to experience the Marvel Universe.ASSEMBLE YOUR HEROESWith the forces of good and evil banding together to fight a greater foe, players will be able to create teams from a roster of Marvel super heroes and villains like Iron Man, Thor, and Venom.UNMATCHED STRATEGY AND DEPTHHead into battle with fast, tactical reaction-based gameplay, or select specific heroes whose special abilities complement each other to strategically plan each encounter.COLLECT AND UPGRADECollect Comics to unlock new characters, change the various talents of the your team, or improve a character’s current abilities.AN AUTHENTIC MARVEL EXPERIENCEJourney across the globe in an original, epic story for the single-player campaign, written by Marvel veteran Frank Tieri (Iron Man, Wolverine, Weapon X), based on one of the most impactful events in Marvel history. Collapse
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Oct 11, 2013
    91
    What all of Marvel Puzzle Quest’s interlocking mechanics add up to is a game that's compelling at each level.
  2. Jan 28, 2014
    85
    The use of Marvel characters is great, and the core idea of connecting special abilities to matching crystals is just as good now as it was back in the original Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords. I was a huge fan of that title, and Marvel Puzzle Quest proves itself to be a worthy new-school successor.
  3. Oct 12, 2013
    80
    For anyone willing to buy into Puzzle Quest’s signature mechanics though, Dark Reign is -- perhaps surprisingly -- more robust than its fan service or freemium boondoggles would suggest, packing in enough content and new ideas to keep devotees matching jewels until the inevitable heat death of the Marvel universe.
  4. Oct 8, 2013
    70
    There's nothing revolutionary here, but Marvel Puzzle Quest: Dark Reign does a good job of spicing up the match-three genre for comic fans with its hero-centric nerdiness, tense combat encounters, and strong collecting elements.
  5. Oct 15, 2013
    70
    Fans of the previous games and lovers of Marvel's dynamic universe will find plenty to enjoy without having to spend anything.
  6. Oct 9, 2013
    70
    It lacks the original’s elegance and surprise, but as F2P spin-offs go, this isn’t nearly as villainous as you might expect.
  7. Oct 8, 2013
    60
    For the die-hard Marvel fan, the annoyances will be worth pushing through. The puzzle combat is still immensely fun and the storyline loosely follows the Dark Reign plot from the comics, including fights against and alongside the Dark Avengers. The leveling structure is a sticking point that makes the superheroes feel a lot less super, but as fanservice goes, Marvel Puzzle Quest: Dark Reign is better than most.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 9
  2. Negative: 5 out of 9
  1. Dec 20, 2013
    8
    As far as ftp's go this game requires less purchase for success than most. I have currently spent 5 bucks on the game and I am satisfiedAs far as ftp's go this game requires less purchase for success than most. I have currently spent 5 bucks on the game and I am satisfied playing it.
    As far as puzzle quest goes, this game has more spells and spell combos and spell upgrades than other puzzle quest games. Continued content updates also makes the game have a lot more to it. When reviewers reviewed this game they were essentially reviewing a demo.
    As far as marvel story lines go. This story leans more on the corny side and less on the depth that can be seen in some marvel comics.
    This game can be a money trap but does not have to be. The story could be better. The game play is pronominal. Could use live pvp.
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  2. Nov 24, 2014
    7
    If you`re gonna buy stuff in this game then it`s a horrendous waste of money and a giant scam. However, unlike many F2P titles it is possibleIf you`re gonna buy stuff in this game then it`s a horrendous waste of money and a giant scam. However, unlike many F2P titles it is possible to progress without paying for anything, although it takes a lot of time and is more something to pass an hour or so with a couple of times a week than anything else. If you play it like that, over a long time, it is quite fun. Finding new covers is very exciting and there are always ways to slowly build up the resources you need to buy upgrades and roster slots.
    If you need something long-term to fill time between other games or while sitting on the bus then this game fits the bill nicely. If you wanna be the best immediately then either look elsewhere or be prepared to waste loads of money.
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  3. Feb 11, 2015
    5
    It's a fun little game to pass the time on your iPad. It's cool to unlock your favorite marvel character and see their abilities. But like IIt's a fun little game to pass the time on your iPad. It's cool to unlock your favorite marvel character and see their abilities. But like I said, it's just something to kill 5mins, don't try to spends money on this game, it;s just another mirco-transaction money drain that is on par of a facebook game. Expand
  4. Nov 7, 2014
    2
    Unfortunately, this game has gone from 'lots of microtransactions available' to 'pay to win'. This game puts a Marvel theme to the tried andUnfortunately, this game has gone from 'lots of microtransactions available' to 'pay to win'. This game puts a Marvel theme to the tried and true 'Match 3' formula. It starts off innocently enough, giving you a few heroes to play around with. However, being able to make any progress in the periodic story events or the player vs player tournaments requires more and more heroes, which in turn requires that you purchase roster slots. Early on, you are forced to buy roster slots in batches, as opposed to single slots, and the price-per-slot goes up as you buy them. Late game play has roster slots costing nearly $6 each.
    Powering up your heroes requires you to obtain new comic book covers for them, and of course the best heroes have the rarest covers. Previously, players had the option of spending $20-$30 on a 'pack' of ten covers, which would guarantee you would get at least one of the rare featured hero. However, sensing that they could make more money, D3 changed this 'guarantee' to 'increased chance' to get a featured hero. That 'increased chance', which in their defense they are at least transparent about, is only about 10%. So yes, you could spend $30 and have absolutely nothing to show for it save for some common hero covers.
    Player vs player is atrocious, pitting your team against another player's team controlled by the terrible computer AI. Pay-to-win is especially noticeable here, as players who outright buy covers for high-powered heroes ($13-$23 each, with 10 possible buyable covers, plus well over $100 worth of ISO points for hero levels after that), will simply dominate. D3 implemented a 'shield' system that allows players to keep their team from losing points on a defensive loss. High paying players exploit this by playing matches that reward a lot of points, then buying a shield while they recover and/or look for another high scoring match. It requires spending a lot of Hero Points, and you won't reach the upper ranks without doing it.
    While it *is* possible to acquire all the heroes and even roster slots without buying anything, it will usually take a very, very long time to do so, and I'm speaking in terms of years, not weeks. It's a shame that the Marvel license sees so much F2P abuse, and MPQ is no exception.
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  5. Jan 15, 2014
    2
    Microtransactions everywhere! This is the motto of this game. It is impossible to derive pleasure if you do not pay! I would rather pay $ 5Microtransactions everywhere! This is the motto of this game. It is impossible to derive pleasure if you do not pay! I would rather pay $ 5 for the entire game than pay for unlocking each item. Because MPQ: DR is in itself good. But microtransactions ruined this game. Expand
  6. Jun 28, 2014
    0
    fck this, thats realm of mad god oryx getting under kabam give-all-your-money-then-we-let-you-play-the-game. all overfck this, thats realm of mad god oryx getting under kabam give-all-your-money-then-we-let-you-play-the-game. all over again!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Expand
  7. Dec 8, 2013
    0
    An atrocious microtransaction rip-off of epic proportions. This game costs $170 to unlock all content. That should cost about $19.99 atAn atrocious microtransaction rip-off of epic proportions. This game costs $170 to unlock all content. That should cost about $19.99 at most, given the modest cost of a simple match-3 game. This game is one of the worst values I have ever seen, and both Marvel and the makers of Puzzle Quest should pull it off the shelves before its obscene price scheme alienates fans. Expand

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