But wait! What’s this? Avengers Initiative is essentially Infinity Blade transported into the Marvel universe. Sounds good to me.
At present, we’ve only the first Avengers Initiative chapter to go on, so we’re dealing exclusively with The Hulk. It’s not clear when the additional chapters will arrive, or if they’ll cost extra. Hmm.
In any case, if you’ve played either of the Infinity Blade games, you’ll feel right at home with Avengers Initiative.
The game plays out from a series of fixed points, from which you can look around, and enemies are either hanging out waiting to brawl, or jump down as you move from point to point.
Combat in Avengers Initiative is identical to that in Infinity Blade, so you can dodge to the left or right, block, or parry by swiping into your opponent’s attack.
Further similarities with Infinity Blade really are quite astonishing. There are four attributes to invest skill points in, and jewels with perks such as Health+100 and Attack+50. Heck, there’s even currency hidden around the land that can be collected with a tap, and challenges within fights (perform X blocks, for example).
So what does Avengers Initiative add? Well, Hulk has a whole range of Rage attacks to invest in – triggered when the big green guy takes a plethora of damage.
Needless to say, Avengers Initiative also benefits from being set in a familiar world with familiar characters. There’s also some pretty decent voice acting.
However, there’s no escaping the fact that Avengers Initiative isn’t Infinity Blade. The visuals aren’t quite as jaw-dropping, and the combat isn’t quite as smooth.
My main gripe with Avengers Initiative is that it’s really insanely difficult. It often feels like Hulk is doing little more than chip damage against opponents, even with Incredible Combos and the like.
And there’s that niggling suspicion that Marvel really just wants you to head into the Store and fork out real money to level up.
Don’t get me wrong; Avengers Initiative is still a seriously good game, but if you haven’t played Infinity Blade, I’d recommend the latter.
Now where the hell’s that extra content, Marvel?
- HULK SMASH!
- Big beefy bosses
- Looks good
- It’s not Infinity Blade
- Why does Hulk only do chip damage?
- Marvel clearly wants more than the £4.99 admission
Summary: Avengers Initiative is essentially Infinity Blade in Marvel clothing, but not quite as polished. Absolutely worth a look if you’ve exhausted Infinity Blade, and/or if you’re a Marvel freak.
Developer: Marvel Entertainment
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPod touch (5th generation), iPad 2 Wi-Fi, iPad 2 Wi-Fi + 3G, iPad (3rd generation) and iPad Wi-Fi + 4G. Requires iOS 4.1 or later.
Price: £4.99 @ App Store