Still, to truly get the most out of the game, you've got to embrace the grind. Thanks to the charming big-headed art style, the funky music and the game's playful atmosphere, it's not all that hard. Over the past week I've found myself playing until my iPad ran out of juice on several occasions. And with game producer Aaron Norstad telling me the development team is aiming at delivering fresh content on a monthly basis, I expect the $4.99 price of admission to go a long way.


When Disney Interactive reached out to me about Guardians of the Galaxy: The Universal Weapon, my excitement was tinged with dread. I expected another Captain America: The Winter Soldier, a premium-priced game with in-app purchases layered on top, promising accessible gameplay at no additional charge while strongly suggesting at every turn that it would go much easier on me if I spent a little more. Who knew intergalactic outlaws could be so upfront and fair?


Guardians of the Galaxy: The Universal Weapon

Genre: Line-Drawing Beat-Em Up RPG

Developer: Marvel Games

Platforms: Android, iOS, Windows Phone, Windows PC

Price: $4.99 (Android, iOS, Windows Phone) $7.99 (PC)

Get Guardians of the Galaxy on: Google Play | iTunes | Windows