Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Nerdversity Reviews: Obsessed with Marvel


Marvel Comics has had a long and varied history over the past 77 years. Starting out as Timley Comics, to the juggernaut and powerhouse it is now. 


Obsessed with Marvel is a computerised trivia game in a book form. It's written by Peter Sanderson, who is a long time expert in Marvel History and Trivia. At retail, the book cost $30, but these days, it can be found fairly cheaply on the secondary market.


The book is printed in black and white with 9 questions on each page. There are over 2500 questions. The computer in the lower right houses all the answers and the games. The two modes are "random",which is you get given a question, answer it, move on to another randomly generated question. "Starting Point" challenges players to tackle all 2500 questions in one sitting. The questions range from startlingly easy to insanely difficult, with some questions requiring an intricate and in depth knowledge of Marvel's history.

The categories are: Fantastic 4, Avengers, X-Men, Hulk, Marvel Knights Horror Heroes, Cosmic Characters, Spider-Man and a generic "Marvel Time" for characters and specific events that don't fit into the above categories. 


As fun as the book is and as much as it gets players thinking, there are some flaws with it. Peter Sanderson has made numerous mistakes in the book, The computer has a tendency to fail after 5 minutes of play and it even asks players to answer 2501, which doesn't exist. If these flaws had been fixed prior to release, I think we might have had a top notch game for comic book geeks to show off their knowledge of all things Marvel