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Avengers Initiative 
(Developed by Marvel Entertainment)
Available for: iOSAndroid 
Released: September
Price: $6.99

Most comic book-inspired games don't really adhere to the medium's storytelling roots. Sure, they transpose characters and settings from hit DC and Marvel titles, but the widescreen, world-building narrative possibilities inherent in serialized graphic storytelling are largely neglected in favor of self-contained gameplay experiences. Avengers Initiative vows to change all that, rolling out a series of interconnected installments that gradually reveal new characters, events and challenges adding up to a whole that's even greater than the sum of the title's individual parts.

If the first two chapters of Avengers Initiative are any indication, mobile gamers are in for something truly special. Episode 1 begins with the revelation that The Vault--a top‐secret S.H.I.E.L.D. facility hidden in the Rocky Mountains--has been compromised, releasing the super-villains and monsters imprisoned within back into the world at large. S.H.I.E.L.D. boss Nick Fury dispatches the Hulk to round up the bad guys while he races to assemble the other members of the Avengers team and find out who's behind the Vault break-in. Episode 2, issued in mid-December, adds new intrigue and danger to the plot, as well as a fully-playable Captain America.

Avengers Initiative unfolds like a comic book come to life: The battle scenes are over-the-top and intense, bolstered by exceptional HD graphics and responsive controls supporting a variety of attack and defense moves. Marvel's App Store page pledges Avengers Initiative will set "a new standard for mobile gaming," and while subsequent updates will determine whether or not the title meets those lofty goals, it's off to an undeniably impressive beginning.