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Our overall verdict "Excellent"

Whenever a new superhero movie hits the theaters, we get a new tie-in game. Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy is slated to roll out next month, and last week the official mobile game arrived in the form of Guardians of the Galaxy: TUW. It was not what we expected…

Guardians of the Galaxy: TUW tasks you with putting together a high-powered team of heroes in order to find the Ultimate Weapon. As for the gameplay… ever played Nun Attack? You tap to move, drag a line to an enemy to attack, and when you defeat all the villains, you’ll progress to the next stage. Rinse and repeat.guardians of the galaxy TUW

Between stages, you will have a chance to upgrade your squad, and this is where things get awesome. Guardians of the Galaxy: TUW is loaded with characters and goes far beyond the ones you’ll see in the flick. Unless James Gunn has a slew of cameos – either way, comic fans will be happy. It’s great to be able to play as Rocket Raccoon or Groot, but the comic nerd inside me was thrilled to see Beta Ray Bill.

Each character has his or her own strengths and weaknesses, and everyone is upgradable. There’s a lot to collect and unlock with nary an IAP in sight. You can get everything through simply playing the game, and there’s even an arena mode that lets you take on endless waves until you drop. That usually doesn’t take long unless you have a high-powered team.Screenshot_2014-07-21-18-47-31

Guardians of the Galaxy: TUW takes you on an adventure across 6 different areas each with their own set of levels. There are around 70 in all, so you’ll be busy for a while between story mode and the arena. There are 18 playable characters in the game, but you can’t play the arena characters in story mode. TUW also has 7 characters listed as coming soon including Angela, The Hulk and Quasar aka Phyla-Vell.Screenshot_2014-07-21-18-45-51

The Guardians of the Galaxy aren’t your typical superhero team, and TUW isn’t your average movie tie-in game. The gameplay is solid, and there’s a slew of content to go along with a humorous storyline that takes you through the game. It’ll set you back $4.99, but you’re getting a lot of bang for your buck and there are no in-app purchases.

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