Franchising Done Well – Guardians of the Galaxy: The Universal Weapon Game Review

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Thanks to an overly convincing panel at Comic Con, I wound up purchasing the Guardians of the Galaxy game on the App Store. Aside from my extreme hate for purchasing apps, I have already bought-in hard to the franchise, and I convinced myself spending $3 on the app would prevent me from spending the $50 on the Pop figures… Needless to say I spent $53 because I am a weak-willed human being.

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I tend to always regret spending any money, but personal financial angst aside, GoTG: The Universal Weapon is a fun and enjoyable game that does the franchise a service.

The game has an original story seemingly occurring after the movie. The Guardians are contracted by Rhomann Dey to help on a mission to retrieve the Universal Weapon. The Guardians then travel the galaxy in search for the components, fighting off familiar foes from the movie and many from the comics. The game play style is point and click to maneuver and attack, and there is an RPG element of leveling up your characters and equipping them with different gears to add buffs.

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Here’s Groot’s skill tree… See what I did there?

The game has two modes: “Mission” & “Arena.” “Mission Mode” is the campaign/story part of the game where you play through levels to progress the story and “Arena Mode” is a survival mode where you assemble a team to survive as many waves of enemies as possible. A bonus for “Arena Mode” is that you are able to use unlockable characters that cannot be used in “Mission Mode,” which are pretty much the bosses you defeat in “Mission Mode.”

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GoTG: The Universal Weapon is a simple yet fun game that will easily consume a few hours to beat. A huge plus to it is that there are no in game items to purchase, so after the initial purchase cost the game no longer attempts to get your money. The story carries the same humor and levity of the movie, and the loading screen tips/quips are useful and hilarious. The animation and graphics are very well done and the wide array of characters does provide some variation and helps keep it from getting repetitive.

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The biggest downside to the game however is the repetition. Each level has to be beaten multiple times to get all the badges and your characters tend to get really powerful because of this, which makes the game a little too easy. There are challenges you can finish in order to get extra coins and hopefully increase play time, but they add no significance to the game.

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The Quests tell you to be repetitive…

Overall, the game is worth the buy. Like most mobile games it gets repetitive and stops being a challenge after trying to complete everything 100%. However, it is a very well polished game that has surprising depth for a mobile game and the art and story are well worth the repetition. It’s fun, funny, and a definite fan-pleaser. I give Guardians of the Galaxy: The Universal Weapon a 7.5/10

 

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Much is forgiven because you get to see your team dance at the end of every mission

Guardians of the Galaxy: The Universal Weapon is available for purchase/downloads via the app store for your device.

 

 

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