Marvel announced back at Comic Con this past October that they'd be bringing a Marvel Superheroes auto-runner to the iOS platform, and early this morning, Marvel Run Jump Smash! [$0.99] went live in the App Store. Now, the idea behind Marvel Run Jump Smash! is pretty awesome on paper: you'll pick a base S.H.I.E.L.D. agent to start with, then pick a team of superheroes from Marvel's extensive stable. As you play using your S.H.I.E.L.D. agent, you'll come across icons for the various superheroes on your team which allow you to then play as them for a brief period. Each of the superheroes have their own unique abilities too, like Hulk with his downward bash move and Iron Man with his ability to fly.

It's a really cool idea… on paper, but in practice Marvel Run Jump Smash! is feeling pretty flat in my short time with it so far. The basic operations are jumping by tapping the left side of the screen, attacking by touching the right side, and performing a special attack by swiping once its meter has been filled up. It feels a whole lot like Halfbrick's Monster Dash, and when you're using a flying superhero, it feels a lot like Jetpack Joyride. However, Marvel Run Jump Smash! doesn't seem as exciting or fun as either of those titles so far. It just moves really slowly and hasn't been all that difficult yet. The idea of unlocking and amassing a team of superheroes is cool, and do I love that all the characters have unique abilities to spice things up. Maybe it will grow on me after a bit.

At any rate, if you've been looking forward to Marvel Run Jump Smash! then you can grab it with the link below, and for even more early impressions check out the thread in our forums.

  • Boris Nguetie

    sooo... january has been freakin' boring till the end!!!

    • Amenbrother

      Agreed, I actually bought some IAP to some games I already owned to fill that void of buying any new games lol

  • rewind

    Well this is really creative......

  • curtisrshideler

    Watched a gameplay video of this and it looks cheap and boring. Such a shame for such a good IP.

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  • CecilMcW00t

    The art style is so good and Black Widow looks so cute! Lol! But nope! Not falling for this grind fest. I'm sure it will be free in a week or two.

    • mclifford82

      People used to call playing games ... playing games. Now it's all just grinding.

      • CecilMcW00t

        When a character unlock is 50k gold and you average about 100 per run, that's a grind fest. There are still games that play like games out there, but this isn't one of them.

  • detourne

    Came out for free in Korea months ago. Definitely not worth the 20 minutes I spent playing it

  • mclifford82

    So the genre is auto-runner now? Who comes up with these names? "Oh yeah this is in the line-drawing physics based puzzle genre. Very popular, that one."

  • Drewskii

    Was thinking about buying this but it says in the app description that an Internet connection is required to play. I'm not always around one of those.

  • Mike