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CNET Editors’ review

X-Men: Battle of the Atom is a battle card game for the iPhone and iPod touch that lets you assemble decks of cards and battle classic villains. Put together a powerful team with characters from all 50 years of X-Men comics, and work to defeat all of the worst villains including Magneto, Apocalypse, Dark Phoenix, and more. This game even supports real-time multiplayer battles.

The first time you open X-Men: Battle of the Atom, you’ll get a brief introduction to the premise of the game from a few of the main characters. You can skip this introduction if you’d like, but even if you don’t need the background information, it’s presented in an appealing, comic book format. Graphics are good, and the action is interspersed with dialog to move the story along. If you’re not interested in the story, though, you can skip all of these sections and get right into the fighting.

The interface of this game is clear and functional, and the tutorial at the beginning gives you all the information you need to get started. X-Men: Battle of the Atom is free to play, although to fully unlock all of the features, you’ll have to purchase coins in packages ranging from $0.99 for 100 coins to $99.99 for 11,000 coins. Any fans of X-Men or card games should check out this app. It has a lot of features, good graphics, and it runs well.

Publisher’s Description

From Aeria Mobile:

Celebrating 50 Years of X-Men **Limited Countries ONLY** Welcome to a special prelude session of the new game X-Men: Battle of the Atom! Please see information in-game about the prelude events.Prepare yourself for the most uncanny, astonishing card-battle game of them all! Fight your way through single-player missions as Wolverine, Storm, Iceman, and other all-time X-Men favorites. Recruit hundreds of characters spanning 50 Years of X-Men history, assemble the ultimate team, and experience the greatest storylines from the comics past and present in epic multiplayer 20-vs.-20 real-time battles! The world is rife with tension, and mutants are picking sides as lines are crossed and relationships are compromised. The X-Men utilize time traveling, universe-bending technology to call on allies from the past and future, but in doing so they create a loophole unleashing some of the greatest villains of all time. X-Men: Battle of the Atom features multi-month story arcs with raid events based on classic comic storylines, plus epic boss battles where 20-player Alliances compete to do the most damage against the likes of Magneto, Dark Phoenix, Apocalypse, and droves of mutant-hunting Sentinels. ** Requires iOS 5.0 or later.**Please note: X-Men: Battle of the Atom is completely free to play, but the special currency needed to buy certain in-game items will require payment. You can turn off the payment feature by disabling in-app purchases in your devices settings. FEATURES – Take control of your all-time favorite X-Men from across different timelines, including Wolverine, Storm, Iceman, Kitty Pryde, Beast, Rachel Grey, and more!- Freeze, kick, claw, and blast your way through more than 45 character-driven missions!- Join upcoming events drawing on landmark X-Men stories like SCHISM, MESSIAH COMPLEX, AGE OF APOCALYPSE, and the current BATTLE OF THE ATOM! – Pursue REAL-TIME Battles for maximum competition! – Check out original art by Marvel artists and stories adapted by X-scribe James Asmus! OTHER REQUIREMENTS – Internet connection is required to play X-Men: Battle of the Atom. – Compatible with iPhone 4 or newer and iPod Touch 5. – This game is not optimized for iPod Touch 4 or older.

What’s new in this version: Performance improvement and bug fixes.

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