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Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Marvel Snap 11 months ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 11 months ago.
You assemble your Marvel dream team from a roster of cards featuring all the heroes and villains. Each battle is designed to be fast-paced and highly strategic and feels different not only because of who you are fighting.
The basic premise is placing cards to gain a higher attack value than your opponents cards in each of the three location tracks. Play focuses both on the selection and upgrading of cards in your deck as well as effectively playing them. Each card has an energy cost to play. They also interact with other cards in various ways. Finally, playing them in certain slots of the board can grant additional benefits.
As the battle progresses the effects of cards become more important. For instance, a card may gain attack power for every opposing card in the same location. Or another card may gains power if you play no others within the next turn. The effects of the different locations on the board also become more important. For example, it can double the ability effect of a card, or maybe stop other cards being played.
The final piece of the puzzle is the Snap aspect of play. At any point in a game you can Snap/Bet to double the rewards of winning. This not only offers another layer of strategy but also adds a gambling-like mechanic to play where betting, bluffing and retreating make all the difference.
The result is a really fun and approachable card battle game. The limited hand size and number of ways to build your deck combines with the importance of placement to create a really tactical game - even if it does have some gambling-like aspects.
Rated for younger players in Australia. Rated Parental Guidance (PG) for Mild violence, Mild themes, Sexualised imagery, Online interactivity.
10+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. It's also important to ensure children understand in-game purchases and have spending limits set-up. Younger children need to be able to deal with the multiple systems involved in building and using a deck with complementary card abilities. Still, the monetisation aspect of the game is important for parents to understand and set pocket-money spending on devices.
Account RatingAccount required for online play that has 18 years old as minimum age. The game doesn't let you play unless you are 13 or older. You also need to be of an age where you can enter into a legal contract. This is commonly 18 years old. If you are under 18 years old you need "parent or legal guardian to read and agree to the terms and conditions.
- In-Game Purchases: Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.
- In-Game Pass: Purchase a season/battle pass to gain access to limited in-game purchases, reward items and other aspects of the game.
This is a free to play game, that doesn't require you to spend money. But to get the best and most interesting cards players are likely to want to spend some real money.
- Gold: Reward from completing levels. But to get more you need to purchase with real money.
- Credits: Rewards from the completing missions and weekly challenges. You can get more Credits by using Gold. They are used to purchase Cards and Season Passes.
- Cosmic Cubes: Earned by winning games, and let you advance your level through the game. The Snap part of the game is the ability to place bets and gamble on the outcome of the game. The items you win don't have real-world value so don't technically count as gambling in terms of legislation.
- Cards: You can purchase individual cards and special variants of cards with Gold in the store, priced according to rarity.
- Season Pass: You don't need to pay anything to play through the first Season Pass, although to play a second season with the best cards you need to pay.
It's important to set up your accounts and devices appropriately. More information is on our Financial Resources page.
Release Date: 18/10/2022
Out Now: Android and iOS
Content Rating: PEGI 12
Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds
Components: 2D Overhead and Grid
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