Thor: Son of Asgard (video game)

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Thor: Son of Asgard
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Developer(s) Disney Mobile Games Studios [1] [2]
Publisher(s) Marvel Entertainment
Writer(s) Bryan J.L. Glass [3]
Platform(s) iOS
Release10 May 2011
Genre(s) Beat 'em up
Mode(s) Single player

Thor: Son of Asgard is an beat 'em up video game developed by Disney Mobile's Prague studio for iOS, based on Marvel Comics' Thor. [4]

Beat 'em up is a video game genre featuring hand-to-hand combat between the protagonist and an improbably large number of opponents. Traditional beat 'em ups take place in scrolling, two-dimensional (2D) levels, though some later games feature more open three-dimensional (3D) environments with yet larger numbers of enemies. These games are noted for their simple gameplay, a source of both critical acclaim and derision. Two-player cooperative gameplay and multiple player characters are also hallmarks of the genre. Most of these games take place in urban settings and feature crime-fighting and revenge-based plots, though some games may employ historical, science fiction or fantasy themes.

Disney Mobile is a division of Disney Interactive, a subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, that designs mobile apps, content and services.

iOS Mobile operating system by Apple

iOS is a mobile operating system created and developed by Apple Inc. exclusively for its hardware. It is the operating system that presently powers many of the company's mobile devices, including the iPhone, and iPod Touch; it also powered the iPad prior to the introduction of iPadOS in 2019. It is the second most popular mobile operating system globally after Android.

Contents

The story is based on a comics version of Thor. Cutscenes are made from comic book-styled animation. The character itself is on the other hand based on his movie version, his persona and the suit. [5]

<i>Thor</i> (film) 2011 superhero film produced by Marvel Studios

Thor is a 2011 American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name. Produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Paramount Pictures, it is the fourth film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). The film was directed by Kenneth Branagh, written by the writing team of Ashley Edward Miller and Zack Stentz along with Don Payne, and stars Chris Hemsworth as the title character, alongside Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Stellan Skarsgård, Colm Feore, Ray Stevenson, Idris Elba, Kat Dennings, Rene Russo, and Anthony Hopkins. The film sees Thor banished to Earth from Asgard, stripped of his powers and his hammer Mjölnir, after reigniting a dormant war. As his brother Loki plots to take the Asgardian throne, Thor must prove himself worthy.

Gameplay

The player controls the character Thor. The game features a simple Beat 'em up gameplay. The player fights hordes of enemies. His weapon is his Hammer that can be used to hit enemies or block their attack. He can also use some combos including one hitting all enemies nearby by bolts of lightning. [6] [7]

Mjolnir (comics) Hammer of the god Thor in the Marvel Comics universe

Mjolnir, known more formally as Mjölnir is a fictional mythical weapon appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. It is depicted as the principal weapon of the superheroes Thor and Jane Foster. Mjolnir, which first appears in Journey into Mystery #83, was created by writer Stan Lee and designed by artists Jack Kirby and Joe Sinnott.

Plot

Son of Asgard picks up in an alternate dimension of where the Thor film leaves off and sees the Odinson dealing with the fallout of Loki’s actions in his absence. The game follows Thor as he seeks to find out why his sister Sif has apparently betrayed Asgard and joined its enemies. His tasks lead him to a variety of worlds including for example Jotuheim and Alfeim. He has to face enemies including Dark Elves, Trolls, Frost Giants and the Midgard Serpent.

Loki (comics) comic book character

Loki is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. Created by writer Stan Lee, scripter Larry Lieber and penciller Jack Kirby, a version of the character first appeared in Venus #6. The modern day incarnation of Loki first appeared in Journey into Mystery #85. The character, which is based on the Norse deity of the same name, is the Asgardian god of mischief. He is the adopted brother and often enemy of the superhero Thor, however over the years the character has been depicted as an antihero.

Sif (comics) comic book character

Sif is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. The character is depicted commonly in association with the superhero Thor. Based on the Norse goddess Sif, she was created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby and first appeared in Journey Into Mystery #102. As an Asgardian warrior and lover of Thor, Sif often accompanies Thor into battle. She has also battled alongside Balder, who has developed an unrequited attraction to her, as she never shows affection for anyone but Thor and certain individuals who have proved worthy to wield his hammer, Mjolnir, such as the noble alien warrior Beta Ray Bill and the mortal Eric Masterson.

Asgard (comics) Fictional realm in the Marvel Comics universe

Asgard is a fictional realm and its capital city appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. Based on the realm of the same name from Norse mythology, Asgard is home to the Asgardians and other beings adapted from Norse mythology. Asgard first appeared in Journey into Mystery #83 by Stan Lee, Larry Lieber and Jack Kirby, and features prominently in stories that follow the Marvel Comics superhero Thor.

Reception

The game has received mixed to negative reviews. It was praised for its graphics but criticized for its gameplay. It was also praised for its vocal work and further look to the universe of Thor. [8]

Most of the reviews criticised the game for being repetitive. This objection is linked to a lack of upgrades that some reviewers noted. Controls were also criticised for being frustrating and the combat system for lacking in depth, being only about button mashing. The animation was also criticised by some critics for being poor. [5] [9]

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