We'll come right out and say it: Marvel's Avengers Alliance can be a chaotic mess in moments. First finding life as a casual Facebook social game, this superhero-themed RPG battler gets off to a rocky start, thanks to complex underpinnings that are awkwardly explained and an obtuse storyline that feels utterly disjointed at best. When character interactions aren't dripping with clichés, they sometimes lack coherence altogether. Despite all of this, there's something about the nerdy RPG combat between classic superheroes and oddball foes that still strikes a chord.
Superhero videogames have a real hit-or-miss history. While titles like Batman: Arkham City absolutely reinvigorated the genre, the lure of the quickly produced, movie tie-in will often doom a comic-book themed game from the onset. So, when Marvel recently started displaying teaser images of what appeared to be an Avengers mobile game -- the apprehension factor was a bit high.