Millions of people play Facebook games because they are fun and free. The latter is true, to an extent, but even free games have some hidden cost. The Facebook game Marvel: Avengers Alliance is no exception. The hidden cost to this game is the necessity of having friends who play the game in order to progress beyond a certain point. In fact, understanding how your friends assist you with this game is paramount to a quality gaming experience. The following guide will tell you all you need to know about friends on Marvel: Avengers Alliance.
Adding Friends – The actual process of adding friends is quite simple and the game will actually hold your hand through this process early on. A friend request can be sent to anyone who already plays the game as well as those that don’t. This request, when sent to someone who doesn’t play the game, will create a notification on their FB page, but will not post to their wall. When sent to someone who does play the game, the request will simply be visible when they next log in. You may also see friend requests when you log in. If you approve the request, they will become your friend on Marvel: Avengers Alliance within 24 hours.
Non-FB Friends – Unlike many other Facebook games, you can not add a game friend who is not also a real life friend. Some players get around this by advertising for friends on the application page or in the forums. If you don’t mind having strangers in your friend list, this is a simple way to add additional friends in game.
Gifts – One of the main reason you want friends is so that you can receive gifts. You can receive up to 50 gifts per day and whenever you receive a gift, you automatically resend it to player that sent you that gift, though you can only send up to 10 of the same gift to a specific player each day. Exchanging gifts is pretty much critical during special operations in order to get U-ISOs, which means you will preferably want at least five active friends playing.
Flight Deck Planes – Another critical use for friends is upgrading your flight deck. You will need six active players total in order to fully upgrade the plane on your flight deck. You can avoid the need for some players by spending gold, but this gets expensive quickly. Once you have fully upgraded your planes, you will not need the assistance again. Also, unlike many other games, requesting assistance with upgrading does not post to the wall of friends, which makes it incredibly non-invasive.
Visiting Friends – Each day you can visit your friends and get free items. The main items you will get are SHIELD points and silver. Additionally, you can get a point of energy. Since the energy will only refill you, but not take you above your maximum of 60, you should wait to visit friends until you have spent energy. You can visit up to 50 friends each day and each visit will average you about 1,000 silver, three SHIELD points, and one point of energy. Additionally, during special operations you can get U-ISOs and during special events you can get unique items. These visits are helpful in general and critical during special operations. Even better, you can visit players who are no longer active and still get the benefits.
Distress Calls – Another thing you can get while visiting friends is distress calls. You can get one distress call from each friend per day, but only if you have already previously used that distress call. Distress calls are often required to complete tasks. Both using distress calls and acquiring distress calls will sometimes be necessary. The best way to be ready to perform these tasks is to always have at least three distress calls on hand and at least three that you have not taken from friends. This requires that you have at least six friends, including Iron Man. If you have fewer than this number, you will occasionally be forced to take additional days to complete some tasks.