Review: Marvel Snap explained to parents

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What parents need to know

Marvel Snap is a digital card game that showcases Marvel’s superheroes. Accumulate characters, build your deck, and fight other players online.


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Release date: 18 October 2022

Developed by: Second Dinner
Published by: Nuverse
Available on: PC, iOS, Android

Game type: Digital card game
Average game length: 5 minutes

Estimate of the total duration of the game:
Infinite.

Themes: Strategy, science fiction, superheroes, Marvel.

Business model: Free-to-play, in-app purchases.

Number of players:
1 player vs. 1 player online.

Available in digital format (download) on smartphone or PC.

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Difficulty
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All players have a level that increases with the number of games won. You are paired with other players based on your level, so you won’t be paired against people who are too experienced compared to you. The games themselves are not complex, but to win, you have to use strategy.

Violence, fear, nudity?
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At its core, it’s a card game, so there’s no violence, but some images depict characters in revealing outfits.

Language level used
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No problem.

Positive message
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There is no message that is conveyed by the game. The characters fight each other equally, each character has his strengths and weaknesses. The game focuses on strategy.

Minimum reading level required
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Request to know how to read for a few years to read the different effects of each card.

Additional costs ?
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The strategies used to make the player spend are numerous. They are very similar to those used by the game Fortnite.

Virtual currency must be used to unlock new cards. To accumulate virtual currency, you must participate in the season pass. The current season pass is free, but the next ones will be paid. Although it is possible to get cards for free, the time it takes to get them is sometimes very long.

It is possible to buy virtual currency with real money. However, virtual currency is very expensive. More details below.

Minimum level of execution on the controller required
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On smartphones, you have to use a single finger to select menus. On PC, you have to use the mouse to select the menus. The time of each turn is counted, and if you don’t play fast enough, the player loses his turn, so you have to be quick with your finger or mouse.

Principle of the game

It is a card game in which we play games that take place in the Marvel universe. You have to build a deck (a deck of cards). Each card is in the image of a different superhero. We accumulate as many cards as possible. We can also increase the power of each one to increase the power of our deck.

In the same game, there are 3 fights at the same time, like here.

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We can see the three boxes in the center of the image. Each square represents a fight. Players will place cards in front of each square.

A fight is won when the sum of the power points of each of the superheroes is greater than the sum of the opponent. You win the game when you win a majority of fights against the opponent.

Each superhero has its own unique abilities. It will therefore be necessary to use different combinations of superheroes in order to defeat the opponent.

The game includes several ways to progress. Here they are.

The collection level

Winning games allows you to accumulate points that increase your collection level. The collection level is a level apart from that of the season pass. With each jump of 2 levels, a reward is given to the player.

The season pass

When the season pass is purchased, when the player reaches the levels required by the season pass, the player receives rewards such as new cards or virtual currency.

Missions

These are goals to achieve that give other rewards. Some challenges are related to the season pass, and others, called the weekly challenges, do not require the season pass.

Virtual Store

Allows you to buy virtual currency or cards.

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We can see that the virtual currency is very expensive. There is no need to spend money to play the game. However, the game will put obstacles in order to push the player to spend, such as a slower acquisition of characters or levels.

Local game modes

None, the game is played exclusively online.

Online gaming modes

1 vs. 1 fights.

Conclusion

Marvel Snap is a game that will appeal to fans of card games like Hearthstone, Magic: The Gathering, or the Pokémon card game. However, even if you are a fan of Marvel movies, you will not be able to recognize all the characters in them since the game relies more on comics in order to represent the characters. Be careful with monetization, it’s easy to spend a lot of money quickly. At the time of writing, the season pass is free, but there’s a good chance the next one will be paid.

The game is recommended for teenagers and adults.

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More information about the game: Official website of the game

About François Néron

Étudiant à la maitrise en orientation professionnelle, François a un intérêt pour tout ce qui concerne le développement de la carrière et l'emploi. Il a une passion marquée pour les jeux vidéo, mais aussi pour la psychologie qui les entoure.

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