Captain America: The Winter Solider is set to hit theaters next Friday, April 4th. If you were looking to get down and dirty with the Cap before then, Gameloft’s official movie tie-in game is now officially available on Google Play. Players step into the shoes of Steve Rogers, reprising his roll as Captain America as he — along with the help of SHIELD — goes up against iconic villains from the Marvel universe. Masterminds like King Cobra, Taskmaster, Puff Adder, and eventually, the Winter Soldier, all make an appearance.
Graphically, the game looks great. CA:TWS features cell-shaded visuals for a comic feel, along with lifelike shadows and fuzzy depth of field bokeh. Not bad for a mobile game, and it looks great in 1080p. What’s interesting is the game is played in portrait mode, not the usual landscape mode which some players may find can take some getting used to. Nothing we couldn’t handle, however.
Gameplay is more along the lines of an MMO where tapping on enemies will order the Captain to attack, along with his Strike Team of SHIELD agents following suit. We should mention that there are manual movement/attacking controls, but it’s obvious that it simply was not how the game was designed to played… at all.
Of course, the Captain’s trusty shield is always available to helping get him out of trouble, and can be thrown by swiping over enemies on screen. When things get really hairy, you can always call in the Black Widow or Falcon — two of the worse super heroes characters ever — to come in and lend a helping hand.
Both Captain America and his SHIELD agents can have their abilities upgraded, adding an RPG like depth (and the chance for Gameloft to earn coin with additional in-app purchases for the impatient). There’s even a multiplayer mode where you can battle other rival players, adding a ton more value to the title.
The game doesn’t actually spoil anything from the movie, with an original story co-written by comic writer Christos Gage. Just keep in mind only the first 2 levels are free ($3 after that), and Captain America: TWS does require an initial download of 87.71MB of data, along with a constant data connection to keep playing.
Download link provided below along with the trailer. Oh, and for those watching the movie next Friday, keep an eye out for the HTC One making a cameo appearance in the hands of none other than Samuel L-mutha-flippin’ Jackson. Cheers.
Download on Google Play: Captain America: TWS