LEGO Batman: DC Super Heroes, a port of the popular LEGO series of console games, is now available from the app store. Brought to the iDevices from the folks at Warner Bros., LEGO Batman offers a ton of playable characters from the DC universe to battle the likes of Lex Luthor and The Joker for the good of Gotham City.
LEGO Batman: DC Super Heroes Pros:
- Awesome LEGO style that’s perfect for gamers of all ages
- Great superhero soundtrack and clear voiceover work
- Tap and drag controls are very easy to use
- Tons of playable characters, each with unique abilities
- GameCenter integration for achievements
LEGO Batman: DC Super Heroes Cons:
- Control system gets confused easily as taps are used for a variety of actions
This time around, our favorite superheroes have been given the LEGO makeover, turning friend and foe into one of our fondest children’s toys. There are over 80 comic book faves to play as or battle against as you solve puzzles and vanquish the forces of evil. You can swap between available characters at will, and each has a special ability that is unique to the character. Using the right character at the right time can be an essential component to solving a puzzle or winning a fight. Killing bad guys and destroying environmental objects will spill golden LEGO bricks, which can be picked up and used as a form of currency to purchase items and characters from the in-game store. Perhaps our favorite aspect of these games is that they are appropriate and accessible for the whole family, allowing a new generation to familiarize themselves with elements of our own youth that we hold so dear in a tame, yet exciting, manner. We have no problem letting our kids play these types of games, as the lack of offensive violence or crude innuendos sets it apart from some of the more popular titles of the day. It allows us to engage in enjoyable action while introducing younger players to comic mainstays to which they may not have been exposed previously.
Graphically, the game looks just as good as its console counterparts, with a style and level of polish that we’ve come to expect. Animations are smooth, and cinematic cut scenes are available throughout, giving portions of the game a movie-like feel. The gameplay offers clever puzzles and fun battles, mixing up the fun nicely. The soundtrack is familiar to fans of superhero movies, making for a nice addition to the overall experience, while the voice work is clear and crisp. Controls are the main bugaboo, as properly orienting your character in 3D space to engage in effective fights can be a bit challenging. However, we’ve always had the same issues with the console games, so it wasn’t a wholly unexpected issue. You tap to move, attack, and interact with objects, which leads to many mis-taps and re-taps as you try to get the heroes to do what you want them to do. Dragging your finger around the screen will also cause your character to follow your path, which can be a more natural way to explore. Using items like the Batarang requires you to drag from its icon to its intended target. Other abilities are triggered by tapping on-screen icons, too. There is even an alternative d-pad if you’d prefer another input method. In all, it’s pretty light-hearted and forgiving, making for a great experience regardless of any small annoyances.
Replay value is good, as the experience alone warrants another attempt even after you’ve beaten the game. GameCenter integration provides more than two dozen achievements to earn. A universal app for $4.99, LEGO Batman: DC Super Heroes is a 4.5-Dimple success.
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