The latest Marvel blockbuster Guardians of the Galaxy opens in theaters today, and to celebrate the official mobile game Guardians of the Galaxy: The Universal Weapon [Free] is on sale for just two bucks for the weekend. We're slowly turning the tide of the long-time trend of movie tie-in games being terrible, and The Universal Weapon is a good example of that. It's an action strategy game that uses the familiar line-drawing combat that Mika Mobile's Battleheart pioneered more than three years ago. It's a perfect fit for the Guardians of the Galaxy IP as you're controlling a group of guardians as you battle through the game's campaign. Besides the five main characters from the movie, The Universal Weapon also features 20 additional playable characters pulled from the Guardians of the Galaxy universe.

While I don't think The Universal Weapon nails the smoothness of the line-drawing combat as well as Battleheart did (it's always tough to beat the original), it comes very close and overall is a really enjoyable game, especially for fans of Guardians of the Galaxy. We liked it quite a bit in our review. If you were hesitant to pull the trigger at its launch price of five bucks, I'd say now is a great time to check out Guardians of the Galaxy: The Universal Weapon for the weekend sale price. As an added bonus, The Universal Weapon doesn't require an internet connection to play (though upon first launch it does require internet to download additional assets) nor does it contain any sort of in-app purchases.

  • trazer

    Okay, I just bought it for $2, I did not think it would drop so quick. Glad it did as I thought I'd enjoy it but was not positive so now I will as at $2 I'll buy it on reviews alone.

    • Rhonda William

      Needless to say, I'm not a fan. (And I just need to stop buying hyped-up game adaptions)

  • Jerutix

    Not shocked it dropped so quick, but I definitely don't regret spending $5 on launch day. It was a really fun game!

  • Louis Ace

    This is frakking great!

  • KiwiRed

    Bah, I bought it earlier in the week and regretted it even before the price drop. "It's based on a great new movie, it can't help but be a good game," I thought. Played it and (only then) really understood that it's just re-skinned Battleheart, with the same inherently flawed control system (seriously, try to select one hero when two are stacked together - I found BH Legacy to be far superior by the simple fact that controlling one character is a lot easier). Needless to say, I'm not a fan. (And I just need to stop buying hyped-up game adaptions)

    • hellscaretaker

      ask for a refund i did for mc5 and got it

    • Irvin

      Battle heart actually had better control than this because the screen was more zoom out.

  • JMan121314

    I like the look of the game but that gameplay really looks boring. Is the story good enough to at least keep it interesting?

    • Apalachicola

      The story seems forgettable to me so far, although I am unfamiliar with the characters. I will probably see the film, so perhaps that might make the story more interesting.

    • islesfan

      Yes, the story is great. Of course, I'm a long-time Guardians fan, so I thought they got the characters just right. Also, just saw the movie and it is the best movie in many years.

    • Irvin

      The story is "okay" but very short.

  • I am Error.

    The sale got me in (as did seeing the movie today... loved it!) but it's a tad disappointing. Maybe it's the region I live in for copyright reasons or something, but 'Hooked on a Feeling' doesn't appear in my version of the game. While I'm thrilled it's in-app purchase-free it's a big buggy and skips frames a lot at the end of battles. 'Battleheart' is far superior in touch-screen response, but I'm hopeful these bugs get ironed out in future updates as users experience the game differently depending on their device. Still, totally worth two bucks for a nice diversion but Battleheart's done it better.