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Marvel Super Heroes: War of the Gems is the title of a side-scrolling video game based on the events of Marvel Comics' series, Infinity Gauntlet. Adam Warlock calls upon Earth's greatest super heroes to seek out the Infinity Gems before they fall into the wrong hands. In a series, the game is considered a spiritual sequel to X-Men: Mutant Apocalypse. This game is not related in any way to the arcade game Marvel Super Heroes, despite the similar premise and the fact that Capcom published and developed both games.
The player plays each level as one of five superheroes - Captain America, Iron Man, Spider-Man, Wolverine, or The Hulk - as they battle through various locations around the globe and even outer space. Each character's health bar is separate and carries over between missions - healing can only be done by picking up items in the levels or using healing items picked up during missions. When a character falls, they must be revived individually with the appropriate item.
After investigating an area, the player may or may not be rewarded with one of the gems. Only two can be picked up during the first four missions, one is picked up in the following mission, and then two more are randomly received in two of the four following levels. The last gem is only received upon defeating Thanos, thus completing the game.
A special level in the game is The Avengers Mansion where you can practice fighting certain bosses of the game. Sometimes, you will be rewarded with an item for succeeding.
The playable heroes:
- Adam Warlock guides the heroes to their destinations and gives them vital information.
- Doctor Strange appears briefly to create a magic platform for the character on the lava level where they face Silver Surfer clones.
Enemy characters ("Doppelganger" versions of:)
- The Hulk
- Iron Man
- Silver Surfer
- The Thing
The heroes must find the Infinity Gems. Once a gem is found, it can be equipped by the player to their choice of hero before setting out to explore a new area. Each gem provides a unique power.
Difference from the comic
The game's events are depicted in a different way from that shown in the comics. In the game, you first fight The Magus, then Nebula, and then Thanos. In the comics, the heroes first fought Thanos and Nebula (Infinity Gauntlet mini series), then The Magus and his Dopplegangers (Infinity War mini series).
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