CAPTAIN AMERICA: SENTINEL OF LIBERTY
This is not Gameloft’s most impressive spinoff – but it is probably the easiest to master. Most of your time is spent overcoming obstacles by running, jumping, sliding, climbing and, of course, fighting. You get points for collecting objects and beating opponents, whom you can stun by throwing Cap’s shield. The animation is decent and the 3D environments are reasonably detailed but fans of console games might wish the latter could be more fully explored.
The moves are easily learned, but more experienced gamers might find the limited gameplay a bit frustrating.
PAJAMA SAM: NO NEED TO HIDE
Comic book characters can be excellent ‘edutainment’ tools and this app is a great example. Pajama Sam is a small boy who decides to get over his fear of the dark by pretending to be his favourite superhero. The gameplay constitutes a hidden object adventure where you have to find the things Sam needs to progress. Each scene is illustrated with impressive graphics and the puzzles are not too challenging for young minds. These qualities coupled with the entertaining story should keep children happy.
Impressive on every level and you can also try a free lite version before you commit to buying.
If you prefer simple old school arcade games to modern HD punchfests, this easy-to-play adaptation of the X-Men cartoon series should be right up your street. You start as Cyclops and can play a solo game or stir up some local multiplayer rivalry. Guide your character through a two-dimensional 8-bit landscape. Along the way you have to use mutant powers to dispatch bad guys that spring upon you in increasing numbers. Additional characters, such as Wolverine and Night Crawler, can be unlocked as you accumulate points. Great nostalgic fun.
A refreshing change from the graphics-intensive heavy hitters that are commonplace in this genre.
THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN
The Amazing Spider-Man movie was a pleasant surprise and this mobile game adaptation is impressive too. The 3D environment representing New York City is stunningly extensive and it is fun to just walk around the streets and see how far they go without even getting into the game itself. The game play relies heavily on tapping and swiping to dodge and punch but there is the added element of web slinging. Although the app draws on the movie for its plot, so there are inevitable limitations imposed by the medium and format.
If you like superheroes who come out fighting, you won’t top this game.
The title of this game is a bit misleading since it actually only allows you to play as Hulk or – once you’ve unlocked him – Captain America. It starts with Hulk on a mission to round up supervillains, which involves lots of swipe-induced smashing. The 3D environments are atmospheric and the animation is generally smooth on an iPad but the game doesn’t run as reliably on some Android devices. Moreover, you might find it dull once you get past the novelty of dodging attacks and pulverising your enemies. The graphics are great but the gameplay is somewhat.
Excellent graphics don’t make up for the fact that most of the team is missing
BATMAN: ARKHAM CITY LOCKDOWN
Thanks to its grungy atmosphere, awesome graphics, challenging gameplay and cool extras, this Dark Knight game is still among the best apps of its kind even though it dates from 2011. It’s a spin-off from the Batman: Arkham City game for consoles and PCs and your objective is to hunt down Gotham’s villains. It relies a lot on hand-to-hand fighting but there are some nice touches.
Extras include wallpapers and comic books, plus you can unlock customisations for Batman’s gadgets and armour.
Never mind The Avengers; assemble around this great game.