Marvel Contest of Champions: The Art of the Battlerealm Review

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Marvel: Contest of Champions is a mobile game developed by Kabam in 2014 for iOS and Android. The game welcomes in both villains and heroes from the Marvel comics, and lets players fight against one another. Titan Books has officially released The Art of the Battlerealm for the game, showing all the detail that has been included, and all the characters available.

When it comes to many mobile games, you don’t always find specific art books showcasing all the detail that’s been included. For Marvel: Contest of Champions it’s the complete opposite. Being part of the Marvel franchise and based on the comic series Contest of Champions, the game has been going strong for years, and consecutively adding new details. Below we have some insight previews of the book that you can purchase now, and see if it’s a good fit for you!

About the Game

 Marvel: Contest of Champions is all about pitting heroes and villains up against one another, as you are tasked by The Collector to assemble a team. The game features both a 2D and 3D field of gameplay, along with upgrades and specific character details in abilities, movement, classes, and traits. No two characters are exactly alike.

Playable Characters & Classes
  • Abomination (Science)
  • Ægon (Skill)
  • Agent Venom (Skill)
  • Angela (Cosmic)
  • Annihilus (Cosmic)
  • Ant-Man (Science)
  • Archangel (Mutant)
  • Beast (Mutant)
  • Bishop (Mutant)
  • Black Bolt (Cosmic)
  • Black Panther (Skill)
  • Black Panther (Civil War) (Skill)
  • Black Widow (Skill)
  • Blade (Skill)
  • Cable (Mutant)
  • Captain America (Science)
  • Captain America (Infinity War) (Science)
  • Captain America (WWII) (Science)
  • Captain Marvel (Cosmic)
  • Captain Marvel (Classic) (Cosmic)
  • Carnage (Cosmic)
  • The Champion (Cosmic)
  • Civil Warrior (Tech)
  • Colossus (Mutant)
  • Corvus Glaive (Cosmic)
  • Crossbones (Skill)
  • Cyclops (Blue Team) (Mutant)
  • Cyclops (New Xavier School) (Mutant)
  • Daredevil (Skill)
  • Daredevil (Classic) (Skill)
  • Darkhawk (Tech)
  • Deadpool (Mutant)
  • Deadpool (X-Force) (Mutant)
  • Diablo (Mystic)
  • Doctor Octopus (Tech)
  • Doctor Strange (Mystic)
  • Doctor Voodoo (Mystic)
  • Domino (Mutant)
  • Dormammu (Mystic)
  • Drax (Cosmic)
  • Electro (Science)Elektra (Skill)
  • Emma Frost (Mutant)
  • Falcon (Skill)
  • Gambit (Mutant)
  • Gamora (Cosmic)
  • Ghost (Tech)
  • Ghost Rider (Mystic)
  • Goldpool (Mutant)
  • Green Goblin (Tech)
  • Groot (Cosmic)
  • Guillotine (Mystic)
  • Gwenpool (Skill)
  • Havok (Mutant)
  • Hawkeye (Skill)
  • Heimdall (Cosmic)
  • Hela (Cosmic)
  • The Hood (Mystic)
  • Howard the Duck (Tech)
  • Hulk (Science)
  • Hulk (Ragnarok) (Science)
  • Hulkbuster (Tech)
  • Human Torch (Science)
  • Hyperion (Cosmic)
  • Iceman (Mutant)
  • Iron Fist (Mystic)
  • Iron Fist (Immortal) (Mystic)
  • Iron Man (Tech)
  • Iron Man (Infinity War) (Tech)
  • Iron Patriot (Tech)
  • Joe Fixit (Science)
  • Juggernaut (Mystic)
  • Kang (Tech)
  • Karnak (Skill)
  • Killmonger (Skill)
  • King Groot (Cosmic)
  • Kingpin (Skill)
  • Korg (Skill)
  • Loki (Mystic)
  • Luke Cage (Science)
  • Magik (Mystic)
  • Magneto (Mutant)
  • Magneto (Marvel Now!) (Mutant)
  • Masacre (Skill)
  • Medusa (Cosmic)
  • Mephisto (Mystic)
  • Mister Sinister (Mutant)
  • M.O.D.O.K. (Science)
  • Moon Knight (Skill)
  • Mordo (Mystic)
  • Morningstar (Mystic)
  • Ms. Marvel (Cosmic)
  • Ms. Marvel (Kamala Khan) (Cosmic)
  • Nebula (Tech)
  • Nick Fury (Skill)
  • Night Thrasher (Skill)
  • Nightcrawler (Mutant)
  • Old Man Logan (Mutant)
  • Omega Red (Mutant)
  • Phoenix (Cosmic)
  • Proxima Midnight (Cosmic)
  • Psylocke (Mutant)
  • Punisher (Skill)
  • Punisher 2099 (Tech)
  • Quake (Science)
  • Red Hulk (Science)
  • Red Skull (Tech)
  • Rhino (Science)
  • Rocket Raccoon (Tech)
  • Rogue (Mutant)
  • Ronan (Cosmic)
  • Sabretooth (Mutant)
  • Scarlet Witch (Mystic)
  • Sentinel (Tech)
  • Sentry (Science)
  • She-Hulk (Science)
  • Spider-Gwen (Science)
  • Spider-Man (Classic) (Science)
  • Spider-Man (Miles Morales) (Science)
  • Spider-Man (Stark Enhanced) (Tech)
  • Spider-Man (Symbiote) (Cosmic)
  • Star-Lord (Tech)
  • Storm (Mutant)
  • Superior Iron Man (Cosmic)
  • Symbiote Supreme (Mystic)
  • Taskmaster (Skill)
  • Thanos (Cosmic)
  • Thing (Science)
  • Thor (Cosmic)
  • Thor (Jane Foster) (Mystic)
  • Thor (Ragnarok) (Skill)
  • Ultron (Tech)
  • Ultron (Classic) (Tech)
  • Unstoppable Colossus (Mystic)
  • Venom (Cosmic)
  • Venom the Duck (Cosmic)
  • Venompool (Cosmic)
  • Vision (Tech)
  • Vision (Age of Ultron) (Tech)
  • Void (Science)
  • Vulture (Tech)
  • War Machine (Tech)
  • Wasp (Science)
  • Winter Soldier (Skill)
  • Wolverine (Mutant)
  • Wolverine (X-23) (Mutant)
  • Yellowjacket (Science)
  • Yondu (Tech)

The game is encompassed within the Battlerealm, which can be shown below:

The Art Book

The concept behind Marvel: Contest of Champions The Art of the Battlerealm has been interesting, in formulating a way to bring all the heroes together for the game to be successful. As described within the book,

“When it came to formulating the ideas for Marvel Contest of Champions, the video game, Marvel Games recommended veteran writer Sam Humphries to the Kabam team, brainstorming an entirely new scenario with the Collector at its center, expanding the one-on-one fighting concept further to suit an ever-evolving, event, driven experience like nothing anyone had ever seen”

The premise of using the Collector became the focal point of the game as an excuse to bring the heroes and villains together for a fighting royale. We’ve seen this type of game style with Mortal Kombat and Injustice: Gods Among Us. Putting it in a mobile game is all the more interesting, especially incorporating characters from the Multiverse.

“Before the Collector began capturing heroes from across the Marvel Multiverse for the purpose of his grim battle royale, inviting Summoners to challenge Kang the Conqueror, this hidden sector of the galaxy was a perfect mystery to Marvel Games and Kabam”

Alongside some interesting details on characters and concept art, Marvel: Contest of Champions The Art of the Battlerealm showcases tons of additional detail on the reasoning behind the character choices.

Final Thoughts

I found that the art within Marvel: Contest of Champions The Art of the Battlerealm to be very insightful to the game. I’ve personally never played the game, but I’ve seen and heard of it since the creation because of the Marvel franchise. The book truly gives insightful detail into the game, and Kabam’s choice of character classes and how to include them within the game.

As we get closer to Avengers: End Game, I can’t imagine what Kabam plans to do next in Marvel: Contest of Champions after Marvel drops new details this week!

Get your copy of Marvel: Contest of Champions The Art of the Battlerealm directly from Titan Books, at your local retailer!

Good

  • Insightful on Concept Art
  • Game Choices Detailed
  • Battlerealm Map is Detailed
  • Welcomes Marvel Multiverse

Bad

  • Without Playing the Game Can Be Confusing
8.6

Great

Concept Art - 8
Character/Game Choices - 8.4
Connection to Mobile Game - 10
Length of Book - 8
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