Marvel HeroClix TabApp: Wolverine and the X-Men!

Published on September 11th, 2012

Greetings HeroClix Fans!

Since we first announced the existence of HeroClix TabApp, there’s been a great deal of speculation and questions.  “What is HeroClix TabApp?” folk have been asking.  Well, if you were fortunate enough to attend Gen Con Indy 2012, you may have taken the opportunity to examine and play this innovative and fun offering from WizKids Games/NECA; a real-time super hero application aimed at a younger audience for the iPad (and soon for the Android platform as well!).  Utilizing HeroClix powers and abilities based upon HeroClix and physical figures to unlock content, HeroClix TabApp bridges the tabletop and digital HeroClix experience!

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HeroClix TabApp provides a fast, fun solo play experience based upon the widely popular HeroClix game engine.  HeroClix TabApp demonstrates the most basic HeroClix game concepts to younger players and over time, these new players will eventually unlock the full depth and glory of the full HeroClix platform through continued play and exposure to the larger HeroClix world through our website.

To begin play with HeroClix TabApp, simply download the app from the iTunes App Store and place your figure on it’s corresponding graphic on the screen.  The contact points on the bottom of the HeroClix TabApp base relay to the game which figure you are using and begins play in a character-specific storyline and game.  Cut scenes introduce each level, and when you’re ready enemies begin swarming in to defeat you! Simply touch the enemies on the screen you wish to attack, unlock power-ups with a swipe, and unleash special attacks (like Thor’s lightning below) all with the tip of your fingers! (click on image below to enlarge)

 

HeroClix TabApp is a real-time super hero adventure game intended for ages 8 and up.  The big bonus is that each HeroClix TabApp figure is 100% compatible with the HeroClix game engine and comes with its own character card, and today we continue our in-depth look at the figures that comprise our first two Marvel HeroClix TabApp sets with the Wolverine and the X-Men pack.

As deadly as his namesake suggests, Wolverine leaps into the fray with the aptly-named Charge power, maneuvering into position to best put his trademark Adamantium claws (represented by Exploit Weakness) to use! After his initial click Wolverine tears into his enemies with Blades/Claws/Fangs and Flurry while Battle Fury protects him from Mind Control as well as enables him to ignore Shape Change on his targets and Incapacitate!

A full dial of Toughness thanks to his Hard to Take Down Trait combined with Willpower on his opening clicks allows you to move Wolverine right into the thick of the fight with little fear.  And should Wolverine take a few hits, his mid- and end-dial Keep Comin’ At Ya special power stops your from turning the dial further when that power is revealed, and allows you to use Regeneration!

And if Keep Comin’ At Ya doesn’t provide enough healing, pair Wolverine up with another figure with the X-Men team ability and swap a click of health!

At 100 points, Wolverine is a durable pint-sized terror on the battlefield, and the Avengers, Weapon X, X-Force, and X-Men keywords will make for easy team building,  or download HeroClix TabApp and play the Wolverine in the solo game for some real-time heroic action!

Next we take a closer look at long-time X-Men leader, Cyclops!

The quintessential leader of the X-Men, Cyclops is ready to take the fight to the opposing figures! CyclopsConcussive Blasts Trait allows him to use Force Blast as a free action and if that weren’t enough, all of his ranged attack damage deals knockback as well! Combined with his 8 range value and the Sharpshooter ability, Cyclops is very effective with ranged attacks against his enemies!

Early- to mid-dial Running Shot allows Cyclops to get where he’ll do the most good while targeting opposing figures with ranged combat attacks.  Willpower ensures Cyclops won’t take pushing damage as he presses the attack and an initial click of Leadership gives you the opportunity to gain an extra action as well as remove a token from a friendly, adjacent figure!

Perplex replaces Leadership on Cyclops‘ second click, while mid-dial Cyclops deals penetrating damage thanks to Penetrating/Psychic Blast.  Late-dial Energy Shield/Deflection represents Cyclops‘ ability to calculate trajectory and (hopefully) avoid ranged combat attacks himself!

A single penultimate click of Ranged Combat Expert demonstrates Cyclops‘ intense optic blasts while a final click of Pulse Wave represents unleashing the full omni-directional power of his optic energies!

Like many X-Men HeroClix figures, Cyclops is additionally armed with the X-Men team ability allowing for battlefield healing, and the X-Factor and X-Men keywords allow for easy team-building.  At 105 points, Cyclops is an eXcellent second tier ranged attacker and Leadership piece!

Rounding out the Wolverine and the X-Men HeroClix TabApp pack is none other than the incomparable Iceman!

Iceman skates into battle atop his signature Ice Slides (Running Shot) and freezes the opposition in their tracks thanks to his Frozen in Place special power.  Frozen in Place allows Iceman to place a token on any figure that took damage from his attack if it did not already have an action token, sort of a situational Incapacitate power that kicks in once Iceman has also successfully damaged his target.

Early-dial Iceman enjoys protection from both Toughness and Shape Change as he utilizes his ice powers to confuse his enemies and absorb punishment from their attacks.  Mid-dial Iceman takes a more aggressive stance and erects Ice Shields thanks to the Barrier power in an effort to protect his teammates, stymy his foes, or both!

Late-dial Iceman demonstrates his slippery disposition as he gains Plasticity while Poison represents the incredible cold he can generate in close proximity.  A final click of Regeneration allows Iceman to stay in the fight and the X-Men team ability gives Iceman an even greater chance to heal as well!

At 95 points Iceman is a great tactical addition to your force as both a secondary attacker and map-control piece.  Combined with the other HeroClix TabApp figures in the Wolverine and the X-Men pack Iceman compliments an easy 300 point team build, and his Champions, Defenders, X-Factor, and X-Men keywords means he will play nicely with the rest of your HeroClix collection as well!

We hope you’ve enjoyed this first look at the HeroClix TabApp and combat dials for the Wolverine and the X-Men HeroClix TabApp pack! HeroClix TabApp packs will be available at Toys ‘R Us, Wal Mart, you friendly local game and comic stores later this month, and you can get the HeroClix TabApp app FOR FREE  in the iTunes App Store!

Thanks for joining us for this exciting look at HeroClix TabApp.  Be sure to take a moment and check out the preview for the Marvel Super Heroes HeroClix TabApp pack as well!

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