On June 6th, 2014, Playdom released Marvel: Avengers Alliance Tactics, a spin-off to the popular Facebook game Marvel: Avengers Alliance. While the two games are thematically similar and share many similar features, game play is starkly different. Familiarity with the original game will only help slightly in playing this new game. Whether you have played the original game or not, the following introductory guide to Marvel: Avengers Alliance Tactics will tell you everything you need to know to get started with this new Facebook game.
Overview – In Marvel: Avengers Alliance Tactics, you control a small team of Marvel comic book heroes and Shield agents that are trying to defend the world from both the plans of various villainous groups and incursions from other dimensions. To do this, you engage in Tasks where you send your heroes and agents to fight enemy troops. These battles take place on tactical battleground where your heroes can move around and use powers. Tasks award resources and experience which you spend to upgrade your base and heroes in order to face ever increasingly difficult Tasks.
Base – When you aren’t engaging in battles, you are spending resources to augment your team. One of the places you spend these resources is your base. You can access your base by clicking the “My Base” button. Here you can build and upgrade buildings with resources you earn from battles. Each building gives you a different strategic advantage. Building take real world time to upgrade and you can only upgrade one building at a time, so you need to regularly visit your base to complete upgrades. In addition, the base is where you collect your income from Flight Deck missions and your ISO-8 Refinery.
Team – Your team consists of both heroes and regular Shield agents. Both need to be recruited in order to be used for battles, Flight Deck missions, or to defend your base. You can access your current team and all heroes that can potentially be bought by pressing the “Team” button. From the Team page you can purchase new heroes with Command Points, equip your current heroes with new skills and ISO, upgrade the skills of your current heroes, and train any heroes that have earned enough experience points for the next level.
World Map – You are automatically deposited on the World Map when you start the game and after you complete a combat mission. You can also access it by pressing the “World Map” button. This is where you instigate attacks against other players and start Task battles. By clicking on an enemy base, you can send a quinjet to a location. The quinjet takes anywhere from a few seconds to many minutes to reach the location, depending on how far it is from your base. Once it reaches the location, you can click on the quinjet to spend 10 points of energy and start an attack. You can also see all of your current Tasks on the left side of the World Map and access them to see what your current goals are.
Tasks – Tasks represent your current goals. Each time you complete a Task you get some reward and when you complete a full set of Tasks, called an Assignment, you get a greater reward. Complete an Assignment will often unlock a new Task as well. Tasks will dictates what battles you can engage in, but do not limit who you can attack in PvP.
Battles – Battles in this game take place on a tactical map. You can send up to four heroes and agents to engage in a battle. All characters gain experience points for winning, though the reward is greatly reduced if the character is defeated during the battle. Combat during battles is turn-based and always against the game’s AI, even if you are fighting PvP battles. When engaging in a Task battle, you get additional rewards for completing the Task. When engaging in a PvP battle, you get silver, refined ISO, or both depending on what building you attack.