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Captain America: The Winter Soldier (for Android)
The Winter Soldiers eye-catching comic book visuals and decent brawling/strategic elements help the game not totally succumb to some unfortunate missteps. By Jeffrey L. Wilson
Gamelofts mobile tie-in to Marvels latest superhero flick, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, sees star-spangled hero Steve Rogers battling enemy troops (no spoilers!) with his fists, feet, and shield, but unlike his 2011 console outing (Captain America: Super Soldier), in this game he doesnt fight alone. The free-to-demo Winter Soldier (also available on iPhone) is a squad-based action title that lets gamers control Cap, as well as a team of S.H.I.E.L.D. agents whose members each possess specialized combat abilities. The Winter Soldier has the elements of a competent mobile action game with its solid combat engine and attractive, cel-shaded comic book-like graphics. Sadly the repetitive missions, always-online requirement, and in-app purchase prompts kill much of the joy.Compare Similar ProductsCaptain America: The Winter Soldier (for Android)%displayPrice%%seller% Metal Gear Solid: The Legacy Collection (PS3)%displayPrice%%seller% Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance (PC)%displayPrice%%seller% Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes (Xbox One)%displayPrice%%seller%
Gripping the ShieldThe Winter Soldier is free to download from Google Play, but the game only allows you to play two of the 60-plus stages before it demands you to pony up $2.99 to unlock the rest of the game. Thats not a lot of stages to explore what The Winter Soldier has to offer, but this type of shenanigan is one thats not uncommon in the mobile space.
The Winter Soldier is, at its core, an attractive Diablo-like dungeon crawler in which you collect gold and loot while vanquishing enemies. Each stage tasks you with accomplishing a mission thats vital to world safety, such as rescuing captured agents or hacking enemy computer terminals. The stages are relatively short affairs that you can complete in under five minutes—one of the hallmarks of a solid mobile game. Ive tackled and beaten missions while standing on a Duane Reade check-out line. The Winter Soldier is more entertaining in small bites, because there isnt much variance in game play to keep you entertained during long gaming sessions.
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Cap CombatCap has many ways to bring down his enemies. Punches, jump-kicks, and charging attacks are just a few of his many moves. You can mash the attack buttons or tap an enemy to have Cap auto-focus his fury on that one particular baddie (hell even tail the enemy should it move about the stage). I found myself frequently switching attack methods. At times, I controlled Cap; at other times, I had him auto-attack the strongest villain while I directed a S.H.I.E.L.D. hacker to a computer terminal. This flexibility is useful when the action intensifies. Unfortunately, when you tap the melee icon once, Captain America unleashes multiple attacks. This is a problem because you cant break the animation if you want to execute another move instead.
Rogers, of course, totes his proto-adamantium/vibranium shield, which you can toss to take out enemies using swipes. As in the comics, Rogers video game shield ricochets around the battlefield when tossed, stunning enemies and interacting with objects that glow blue. This interaction really makes you feel like youre Captain America, as for example, you throw the shield through a street lamp and fire hydrant to create an electrified pool of water that shocks enemies. Those interactive elements are sporadic, though. I wouldve loved to see more. You can level up Cap, gain new abilities, and collect numerous costumes that represent the numerous outfit changes throughout the characters 73-year history.
Your S.H.I.E.L.D. agent partners are combat experts of all types, and you can level them as you advance to transform them into more effective allies. You can have them attack particular enemies, defuse bombs, and hack access points while youre serving up knuckle sandwiches with Cap. At certain points in the game, you can summon other Marvel Comics superheroes such as Black Widow and Falcon; they temporarily enter the fray take down villains when you tap the Avengers icon in the upper-left corner of the screen. Unfortunately, these Avenger appearances amount to nothing more than super-brief cameos, and their game play impact is minimal.
The Winter Soldier falls into an annoying in-app purchase trap that makes the title seem less a game and more of a $2.99 opportunity to collect additional money. After each stage theres an opportunity to shortcut your way to success by buying something (including med-packs, level-up points, and more), and it gets old fast. Very fast. This isnt a problem limited to The Winter Soldier—its a mobile game staple—but it must be noted.
Multiplayer and Internet Connection The Winter Soldier features asynchronous multiplayer battles in which you pit your squad against anothers, but the game play isnt particularly thrilling. Whats even less thrilling is the idea that you must stay connected to the Web at all times when playing The Winter Soldier—even during the single-player campaign!
That means that you may be unable to play the game if you live in an area with spotty wireless connectivity, or while making a subway commute. If I play money for a game, I want to play it whenever I want. When will developers learn that very few gamers support always-online gaming?
The Winter is Coming...Prepare to be Chilled Captain America: The Winter Soldier (the movie) has amassed super-positive reviews; Captain America: The Winter Soldier (the game) has not. Unfortunately, thats par for the movie-to-game course. Its a loss, because The Winter Soldier has a decent core thats unfortunately brought down by other elements. Captain America: The Winter Soldier on Android is for Steve Rogers diehard fan only.

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