Marvel Avengers Academy Articles RSS Feed | Marvel Avengers Academy RSS Feed on en Launch Media Network TinyCo and Fox Interactive Are Bringing the World of Futurama To Your Mobile Wed, 22 Feb 2017 17:57:13 -0500 ESpalding

In the illustrious words of Professor Farnsworth: Good news, everybody! The much-loved animated show Futurama is coming back! It is being adapted into a mobile adventure by mobile gaming gurus TinyCo. Futurama: Worlds of Tomorrow will feature original content from the show's creator, Matt Groening, as well as from Executive Producer David X. Cohen, and many more of the cast and crew from the show.

"Futurama is back, bigger and better than ever! Or possibly smaller and equally good. But either way, it’s back! We’ve got completely new stories from the original writers, cast, and animators. This is the real Futurama deal."

-- Matt Groening, Futurama Creator and Executive Producer

There is currently no date set for the game's release, but you can sign up for alerts and updates by going to the official website. Futurama: Worlds of Tomorrow will be available through the App Store, Google Play, and the Amazon Appstore.

This isn't the first time TinyCo and Fox have worked together -- in 2014 they worked together to create the highly successful Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff. The game developer's latest title draws inspiration from the Marvel Hero Universe in Marvel Avengers Academy, where you get to interaction with your favorite heroes and villains as they make their way through a high-school environment.

The Five Best Time Management Games for iOS You Need to Get Fri, 25 Nov 2016 11:00:01 -0500 SarahKel

Time management games are perfectly designed to hold a player's interest for a short period of time. Players effectively allocate resources in real time, in consequential order to fulfill objectives, whilst reacting to incoming requests to gain rewards. Spend rewards to upgrade resources, then wait patiently for the upgrades to be constructed. 

Whether the player is managing a farm, an airport, or a planet, there are so many different environments for everyone to experience. So we’ve dedicated this listicle to 5 of the very best iOS that are perfect for on-the-go gaming.

Diner Dash

This is the iOS version of the popular game series Diner Dash, where players must seat diners as quickly and as effectively as possible. Players level up their diner to eventually achieve a 5 star restaurant, whilst striving to keep customers happy. Match the colour of customer's clothing to the diner's seat colours for an additional bonus. Undertake general café duties -- handing out menus, drinks and food.

In order to proceed with the game, players can perform a Boost action by either spending the premium in-game currency, which unlocks coffee machines and other appliances that make the game easier; or sit and wait for the items to automatically unlock. The in-game currency is rare, so it’s worth the wait for items to unlock for free.

The career mode for this game is perfect for on-the-go gaming -- as the name suggests, it's a dash to please all customers, then can be left to progress in the player's absence.

Download Diner Dash for iOS for free.

Pocket Planes

This is a great business simulation game, where players purchase and upgrade assets, such as airports, whilst ferrying passengers and assembling planes across the globe. Making money and leveling up ensures that more items can be unlocked and more luxurious items become available, such as a better quality plane.

Players choose a starting region, with a small, humble plane, with the intention of expanding across the world. Assigning work to each winged vessel involves tapping selection buttons -- for example: which plane and to what destination. Select these carefully in order to maximise profit, as more money means the hangar capacity of the airport increases.

Obtaining the in-game premium currency of bux is reasonably easy to acquire, as when players level up, or complete tasks, hidden bux may be found. Spending bux is useful for instantly completing journeys. If players don’t decide to spend bux, then, like all time management games, it is just a case of waiting.

This game is perfect for on-the-go gaming, as it automatically syncs progress to the iCloud, meaning whether the game is played on iPhone or iPad, its there for the player.

Download Pocket Planes for iOS for free.

Disney Magic Kingdom

This is a great time management game set in the Disney universe. The Kingdom has been overrun by dark magic, where Maleficent is the prime suspect. The Kingdom is an amalgamation of Disney parks and players are required to unlock adjoining ‘lands’, where rides, houses and restaurants can be built.

The game is a light park simulation game, where players need to make as many visitors dreams come true as possible. Characters gain Happiness when they reach their desired location and the game's progress is reliant on Happiness. Happiness contributed by characters that have left the park disappears, encouraging players to play often. Time is spent employing characters to perform tasks, which in turn produces the in-game currency of Magic, earns XP, levels up characters and produces superior items. Actions take time to complete, which is beneficial in this game as characters can only perform one action at a time. It’s a great game for Disney fans.

The social media interaction with this game is great for on-the-go gaming, as players can view friends' parks for inspiration and improvements, so the game can be considered even whilst players are waiting for unlocks.

Download Disney Magic Kingdom for iOS for free.

Marvel Avengers Academy

A fun time management game set in the Marvel universe. This game looks great and naturally has a ton of recognisable characters and a ton of content.

Nick Fury is recruiting teenage superheroes to an institution to educate and train them to combat super villains, who are being trained in the rival school, Hydra. To combat Hydra's nefarious schemes, more students are needed and the school needs to rid itself of a mysterious barrier called timefog. This allows more facilities to be built. Employ workers to conduct more tasks and to build more buildings. There are also mysteries in the game, such as why was the school was built so close to the timefog.

If you keep building and keep waiting, it is worth the time to explore this fun game!

The diversely timed missions make this game a great choice for on-the-go gaming, as players can set up longer timed missions, in the knowledge that they won't be able to check in for a while. Yet if a player has a few minutes to spare, they can complete some of the smallest missions too.

Download Marvel Avenger Academy for iOS for free.

Peter Rabbit’s Garden

The illustrations in this game are simply beautiful. It is worth playing simply for the illustrations alone, as it's based in the universe of the author Beatrix Potter.

Peter Rabbit is once again stealing vegetables from Mr. McGregor’s garden, but one day is forced to move away with his mother. Here, a new story unfolds, where the Rabbit family dig plots, plant crops and await their growth, whilst building various structures to provide income. Grown crops can be sold in a variety of locations and this unlocks other characters from the novel series, such as Mrs Tiggywinkle.

To ensure the other characters stay around, buildings must be constructed before a timer expires, or they will have to be re-recruited at a later point. There is a degree of stealth, as Peter still continues to pillage from Mr McGregor.  This is really cute twist on a farming time management game.

This game is great for on-the-go gaming as it is a lovely simplistic, indie game to play for 5 minutes, whilst players appreciate the gorgeous illustrations and visual treat for the eyes. All the while, your childhood is reminisced about.

Download Peter Rabbit's Garden for iOS for free.

So, there we have it...

5 brilliant and very differently themed iOS time management games. Whilst games may share a theme or sub genre, for example, farm management, even within that there is enough differentiation between the titles, as well as each being high quality, for a five minute distraction.

Marvel Avengers Academy and the beach event to nowhere Fri, 26 Feb 2016 05:52:29 -0500 KendraG

Marvel Avengers Academy had its first in-game event (Sun, Surf, and Mischief! -- a.k.a. the beach event) this past week. Though it was pretty adorable, it left a lot to be desired. Watching Loki paddle in his Jörmungandr floatie was worth all the work from the event, but it would have been nicer if the whole thing had more substance.

Despite being a great first attempt, the beach event did not really have a concise finish that made the event feel worth it. This and a few other aspects of the event could have been done better, and we hope that lessons have been learned as we look toward the next one.

So, what are things that can be improved for the next Marvel Avengers Academy event?

The beach event included three multi-part quests sparked by Loki bringing a beach to the Avengers Academy. Players purchased the beach, a palm tree, and two new beach-themed outfits for Loki and Wasp. 

The last quest in the beach event did not yield anything of value in any way. After going through all the cute quests and hoarding beach balls, the end result was unsatisfying. Each quest only rewarded coins. Other games in similar genres would usually give you an actual reason (read: decent reward) for completing the event. 

The last good thing to do in the beach event was get Loki's new outfit, the Beach Humbuggery Loki. After that, you upgraded the beach and then did time-consuming quests until the whole thing was over. All for just some coins.

With only coins as rewards, and a paltry sum at that, there was no incentive to actually complete the quests. Players could have just focused on doing whatever they want, like getting the cute outfits and not spending beach balls on anything else. 

The outfits and decorations for the event were on point -- there was nothing on that front to spark complaint. But I would have liked to see Captain America in an American flag swimsuit. Maybe in July they can have a birthday bash for him where he gets a pair.

It's hard to say whether the beach location will come into play now that the event is over. So far, there haven't been any more quests revolving around the beach. Hopefully future events will take advantage of it, though, so that it doesn't feel like a complete waste of space in your Academy.

The Next Event

Some players on Reddit speculate that the next event will be focused on roller coasters.

TinyCo should take more time to develop the next event. We need better rewards, more significance, and more reasons to complete the quests. Perhaps and exclusive reward that can only be obtained through quests would be a good way to make a better event experience in Marvel Avengers Academy.

What do you want from the next event? Let me know down in the comments!

How to Unlock Falcon (Special Modifications) and Enchantress in MARVEL Avengers Academy Sun, 21 Feb 2016 14:37:03 -0500 Stephanie Tang

There's a lot for your heroes to do in MARVEL Avengers Academy, TinyCo's latest entry to the mobile market. It just takes a long time to do it, especially if you're not willing to dump a ton of cash into in-app purchases to hurry the process along. 

If you're planning on picking up some new heroes, you're going need the time.

Whether it's sending Tony Stark off to study Historic Women for 8 hours (one of my non-quest missions for jewelry as part of the effort to recruit Enchantress) or assigning the whole gang to dozens of other missions to pick up Avengers Textbooks for Falcon, spending the Infinity Shards can feel damn tempting after you see how long you're going to need.

It gets even worse when Avengers Academy plays it pretty close to the chest sometimes about how to cross off some of the weirder objectives. If you happened to skip through some of the occasional bits of tutorial (e.g. regarding Pym Particles), there's nowhere you can go to check them out again

(If you feel you've missed anything, check out MARVEL Avengers Academy: Tips, tricks, and how to save your money! for a few things about the game you should probably know.)

So how do you unlock Falcon?

Most of the requirements are easy -- or at least fairly straight-forward. Jumpsuits, Avenger Textbooks, and cash can all be unlocked in non-quest missions from the Mission Board (tap either the notice board in the middle of the Quad or the icon on the bottom left of your screen).

It's the Special Modifications that really stumped a number of people (including myself for a while) -- mostly because I figured they was another type of non-quest item that would drop sooner or later.

It didn't. If you check out the shape of the requirement icon, it's shaped like the ones that drop from your characters after completing an action. 

But whose?

The reason it was sticky was that it simply isn't an action result that you can get with your early-stage characters if you've been leveling as you should. It generates just enough frustration that you may feel justified in spending the 15 Infinity Shards for that last Falcon requirement. 

If you carry on doing the quest missions (with non-quest missions to pad your inventory/wallet), you'll level up your Academy enough to unlock -- and be prompted by a quest -- to upgrade Tony Stark to level 3.

Once this happens, he'll unlock the Special Modifications action. (In hindsight, gee, that makes more sense than it being a function of, say, Wasp, but still not enough to make me start upgrading my characters willy-nilly trying to find it.)

Simply complete that action (it won't take too long), and Falcon is yours!

And how about Enchantress?

After Falcon, the acid-tongued Asgardian goddess of love is pretty much a snap. Although in practice, it can take nearly as long to unlock her; depending how your randomized Mission Board mission rewards turn out.

(Note: While the non-quest missions on the Mission Board don't have a timer before they change to something else, you can simply dump a non-quest mission in the hopes of a better one with better rewards. Open the mission you don't want, tap the trash can icon on the top left of the card above the character profiles and required actions, and confirm deleting it.

Be aware that in doing this, there will be a countdown timer before a new mission pops up. Sometimes it's just faster to do the required actions, and get cash in the bargain.

As for her unlock requirements, Asgardian Jewelry and Avengers Textbooks are pretty easy to snag, and you'll build up the cash in the process. Plus, at least with this girl, you won't have to wonder just what you have to do in order to complete the action requirement - it spells it right out for you.

Extra bonus, you won't need to upgrade Stark again in order to get him to start practicing pick-up lines!

(If you want to check out some of the other heroes you can look forward to picking up in the game through quest missions, see How to Get More Heroes in MARVEL Avengers Academy.)

Marvel Avengers Academy: Dating feature predictions Wed, 17 Feb 2016 05:38:48 -0500 KendraG

Marvel: Avengers Academy has been taking the app store by storm since it's release. However, not all of its features have been unlocked yet. You cannot have a superhero college game without having them able to date.

What information do we have about the dating feature?


Does that stop me from wondering on exactly what dating will be like once it's unlocked and when we will get it?


What can we expect?

With no information to even hint at what will happen when we can finally have characters date, this means that we have to guess what it will be like until they finally unlock the feature. (They missed a perfect opportunity to unlock it on Valentine's Day, but when it is not ready, it is not ready.)

Based on similar games there are certain things that we can predict will happen.

Set Partners vs Free-for-all

Anyone who has played High School Story or other school based app games, dating is a free-for-all that you get to manipulate. Will that mean that you get to choose exactly who Captain America, Iron Man, and all the others can date. 

Will it be based completely on possible comic book pairings? We see Black Widow and the Incredible Hulk dancing together as the preview image for the dating feature, this means that at the very least that they will be available to date. Captain America and Wasp are a pairing who has showed up in the comics, as well as Iron Man and Black Widow. 

Limiting the possible partners will really be limiting the game, but it is not out of the realm of possibility. 

Sexuality Constraints?

If there is freedom in choosing who dates who then, does that mean there will be sexuality barriers? While I hope that you can have your characters date any and every single other character, will they give us that freedom.

Canonically, Loki and Thor are not constrained by Midguardian sexuality. So making every character straight would be incorrect. 

Fingers crossed that players will get complete freedom when dating. More and more games are giving players freedom with who they date, and I do not think it is not unreasonable to expect this from Avengers Academy


In High School Story, having certain characters party together would create new characters. It would be very interesting for the dating feature to have something like that in the cards. For example, Black Widow and Captain America together could make Winter Soldier available. 

There are other types of things they can give players as rewards for building relationships between their characters. Getting extra coins, or even better, extra shards could really help out players as well. Not only would having rewards when you date the characters be a nice aspect of the game, but it could bring forth an avenue for more characters. 

Growing Relationships

If players get rewards, it will make sense that the stronger the relationship is, the better rewards we will be. Will there be any other advantages to growing relationships? Maybe you will have to have characters date to further quests. This would not be preferred, but it can happen. Considering that all quests are character specific, it would not be that much of a logical leap to believe it would happen. 

There are many directions that dating can go in Marvel: Avengers Academy. What would you like to happen?
How to Get More Heroes in MARVEL Avengers Academy Tue, 16 Feb 2016 00:43:32 -0500 Stephanie Tang

Pretty much every franchise under the sun is getting the mobile game makeover, and MARVEL's comic book series turned big-screen hit The Avengers is no exception. 

If you're just getting started and looking to get some tips on how to get the most efficient bang for your buck, check out our MARVEL Avengers Academy guide for tips on how to save your money.

One of the best ways to get your game rolling as fast as possible is to amass as many of your playable characters as quickly as you can. Here are some of the familiar faces you can look forward to seeing, and how you can recruit them to your school!

Some heroes will show up at your school by doing quest missions.

NPC characters like Nick Fury and Pepper Potts pop up almost immediately, but while they're there to guide you through your characters' new lives at school, they're not the ones who're going to help you complete your missions. 

Social media-savvy Wasp pops up pretty much right from the get-go, and you'll snag two others (Loki and Black Widow) over the course of the tutorial stage, but you'll be able to get a bunch more by playing through the quest missions. Here are some of the characters that you can invite to your school in quest order:

  • Falcon (Quest: Get Ready for Takeoff!)
  • Enchantress (Quest: Mean Girl)
  • Captain America (Quest: Cap's S.H.I.E.L.D., Pt. 4)
  • Ms. Marvel (Quest: Freak Out)
  • Taskmaster (Quest: Task at Hand)
  • Ant-Man (Quest: Ant-Plan)
  • Maria Hill (Quest: Student of S.H.I.E.L.D.)
  • Hulk
  • Thor

Since these are the people that really get your missions done, your first priority should be engaging your characters in quests that will unlock these new recruits as quickly as possible. 

Also remember that the more you train your Avengers, the more you'll develop their powers and allow them to rank up. Doing so will unlock new abilities, new outfits, and most importantly, better rewards. 

Some heroes you may just have to pay for.

At the bottom right corner of your main screen is a shopping bag icon. You can tap it to take a look at all the items (including new recruits!) that you can currently invite to your school.

So far, it looks like the characters bordered in gold are "exclusives" and, thus far, only appear to be purchasable through the store.

This may not necessarily remain the case, since you can either recruit the Hulk through the store, or by playing through your mission quests as well. (If I find out any of these characters can be made available just through normal play, you guys will definitely be the first ones to know!)

MARVEL Avengers Academy: Tips, tricks, and how to save your money! Tue, 16 Feb 2016 00:53:52 -0500 Stephanie Tang

Sometimes even Earth's mightiest heroes have to buckle down and hit the books. In an alternate MARVEL universe, Director Fury has stepped up to combat the growing (although somewhat adolescent) Hydra threat by opening up a school for superheroes - and flashy young Tony Stark is one of the first kids through the gates. Nick Fury never shows all his cards though, and it's part of your job to get the real story behind your new super campus as well. 

Surprisingly fun, MARVEL Avengers Academy, TinyCo's latest mobile game for Android and iOS offers flashy cinematics, adorably overblown character interactions, and boasts a star-studded cast for the voice work including names like John Cena (Hulk), Colton Haynes (Thor), Priyanka Chopra (Ms. Marvel), and Alison Brie (Black Widow). 

Like most freemium mobile games, Avengers Academy is not a difficult game to play - you assign heroes to tasks and quests that are best suited to their skills, build up your school, and recruit more heroes - but it's not always easy to find the most efficient and cheapest way to do it! Here are some things to know before you really get started.

1. It's all about time management. 

At its most basic, Avengers Academy is a game that centers around your characters completing new quests and missions for rewards - which all take either time or money/resources to do, and it's not always up to you which character is up for the job.

Prioritize the quests (blue squares). Every action that your heroes make requires a different amount of time, so it's better if you use your time to focus on the important stuff first. Don't tie up your characters in useless actions that aren't necessary for completing an objective because it won't yield you any extra rewards, and will still tie up that character for a given amount of time.

2. Know how to read your Mission Board.

You'll find the other non-story quests on the Mission Board (as seen above -- access it by tapping the bottom-left corner of the main screen). These quests will be white for characters you're not currently using in other actions. Complete these for extra credits and items. They come in three tiers: easy, normal, and heroic. The tiers give you an idea how long they'll take to complete, and how much loot you're going to get at the end.

Some things you should know about the Missions Board:

  • If the character portrait is plain, the character you need to assign to that task is available. 
  • If they've already completed the task, you'll see a green check in the corner. (Note: Some actions that you assign for a quest mission are also required for non-story missions - doing it once will complete it for both.)
  • If they're already assigned to another action, you will see a yellow minus symbol in the corner of their portrait.
  • If you need two heroes in order to complete an action, their portraits will switch back and forth to indicate both necessary characters. 
  • There will be times where the hero you need is available, but the building they need to perform the action in is already in use. If Spider-Woman needs target practice for 3 minutes and Iron Man needs it for 40, it's probably a better idea to let the lady go first. 
3. Know what rewards you want!

 If there's a choice between quests for currency and quests for items, always choose the items!

 You're going to need them soon enough to complete your blue sidebar quests to story completion. There will be plenty of opportunity to farm for gold, even during the item missions so that should be your lowest priority.

However! Depending on how much time you have to devote to the game, if a non-story mission takes three minutes and the item quest takes 40, finish it fast and then take on the second one. Non-story missions don't change if you don't do them fast enough, so you don't have to worry about rushing to prioritize if you really want a certain reward.

Also be aware that mission board quests have a chance to drop Pym Particles which open up the Academy grounds. (You can also use the Hulk to help clear up a little around the yard if you've already managed to recruit him!)

4. Know what to spend your shards on!

Spending on outfits and items aside, you have the option of spending your shards and/or real money to rush certain tasks. 

It may seem a little backwards, but rushing the entire quest will usually take less shards than rushing specific actions. So while you might spend 4 or 5 to complete a quest quickly, you could spend 20-25 rushing the individual actions in order to complete the same thing!

5. Tunnel vision is not a bad thing!

There are a lot of things your characters could be doing... but keep in mind that they all take time, specific characters, and currency in order to accomplish. Doing even a single mission will tie your wallet up pretty significantly, so try to focus on finishing one quest before moving onto the next

The most common exception to this rule are the related non-story missions that are completed by doing the actions in your active quest mission.

6. Push notifications are your friend. 

If you want to be efficient, you're going to want to set push notifications on. The game runs on wait timers and it's not difficult to lose track of how much time you need to complete your missions. Even if you're in the middle of doing something else, it doesn't take long to reassign your characters to something new, especially if you're determined to play without paying... and you'll lose out on time spent completing something new. 

Some small annoyances are worth it, and the push notifications only ping when all of your characters are done with their assigned actions so you'll be able to reset them all at once. 

7. Be wary of Avengers Academy hacks. 

Many cheats simply require you to switch to Airplane Mode and change your clock settings around - these are fairly harmless if they happen to work out, although perhaps not entirely ethical. And in this particular case, turning phone's time ahead won't actually let you rush your actions. 

But there are already a number of hacks and cheats for Avengers Academy out on the Internet offering unlimited Infinity Shards, and you should always keep in mind that you should be careful about clicking links and installing suspicious new apps on your computer/phone, no matter what they're offering you. 

8. Build and upgrade new buildings.

You should already have gotten a taste of how you can make new additions to the school by adding new buildings like Stark Tower in the tutorial - these buildings unlock new actions for characters that allow them to complete new quests. You can also upgrade them, which in most cases will allow more than one character to use it at a time.

As you progress, you'll be able to add, rearrange, and decorate the campus exactly the way you want it. 

(Note: While you're upgrading a building, none of your characters will be able to use it. Try to start these upgrades when you know you're about to go a long time without touching your phone.)

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Very early on (Academy Level 6), Wasp starts earning her keep by setting up shop with the super hip Van Dyne Boutique - offering several stylish new outfits for your favorite Avengers (and some of your favorite villains too!).

It's important to note that these are more than just cosmetic - each one comes with its own unique actions and special quest line.

10. Know how to get more heroes.

These are the guys that you're going to need to farm all your rewards and to keep your super campus going. It stands to reason that getting more should be one of your highest priorities. 

Many of the heroes you can recruit to your school pop up by doing quest missions - but not all of them. Take a look at How to Get More Heroes in MARVEL Avengers Academy to see which familiar faces you can expect to pop up in the hours ahead!

If you have any other questions about how to play this game, just let me know in the comments below and I'll do my best to see what I can do to help! 

Pre-register for the new Marvel Avengers Academy app Tue, 12 Jan 2016 08:56:27 -0500 KendraG

I know, seeing the words "registration" and "Marvel" together bring up a lot of bad memories. This time, it's good.

Google offers pre-registration for the upcoming Marvel Avengers Academy game, to be available on iOS and Android.

The adventure/simulation game developed by TinyCo promises to be filled with school and world-saving drama. While all we have received are teaser trailers, I envision it to be a little High School Story meets Marvel Alliance

With Marvel Avengers Academy the player will create their own superhero school. They will have to navigate the normal social aspects of school: dates, popularity struggles, surviving battles against supervillains. There will be hundreds of characters from the Marvel universe. Marvel is good at including a large and diverse cast of heroes of villains in their games.

So, what does pre-registration mean for Marvel Avengers Academy?

All it means is that you are signing yourself up for a notification when the app releases. Not exciting, but also not as tumultuous as most registrations with Marvel heroes are. So we should count ourselves lucky.

The game does not have an official launch date yet, but promises to launch early 2016.