Today’s Marvel fans are somewhat spoilt, from the big budget Hollywood movies to the vast array of merchandise and TV spin-offs. It’s not just about the comic books anymore, you really have it all. And in no part of the vast Marvel universe is this truer than with The Avengers. They really are everywhere from napkins and notepads to costumes and clothing
But there was a time when the many members of the Marvel Universe had just graduated from printed pages to plotted pixels and we were able to take control of our favourite characters for the very first time. Long before the big screen, superheroes such as Spider-Man, Captain America and The Incredible Hulk were lighting up the small screen of our consoles and computers.
Hot on the heels of the latest Avengers spin-off, the excellent new movie Dr. Strange, this list looks at some of the more obscure games to follow the Marvel Universe and tells you why you should be checking them out.
Captain America & The Avengers
While this is easily the most well-known game on this list, it’s one I just couldn’t leave out. Not just because it’s excellent but also because it’s the first Marvel video game to feature a whole cast of playable Avengers.
Developed by Data East, it was first released to arcade audiences in 1991, with versions for the Sega Mega Drive and Super Nintendo following soon after. In essence the game is a scrolling beat ‘em up, but mixes things up by adding in a few shoot ‘em up sections. You can choose to play as any of the four characters on offer: Hawkeye, Ironman, Vision or Captain America himself and each character has their own unique abilities. Your mission is to defeat the evil Red Skull, but along the way you will have to despatch many other famous Marvel villains that include Klaw, Ultron, Mandarin and Juggernaught.
Captain America & The Avengers is a game that Marvel fans will really love as it captures the look of the comic books brilliantly and features some really entertaining speech. It’s made even better but the multiplayer co-op mode and remains a must play game for all aspiring Avengers out there!