A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Primary themes include girl empowerment, friendship, doing the right thing, with smaller focus on fashion, shopping, social media.
Positive Role Models
Aside from superpowers, these teen girls are typical kids with typical interests. They like to hang out, chat, go shopping, have fun. They also have typical teen worries and self-confidence issues, which they resolve on their own and with the help of friends. They take their powers seriously, using them only for good.
Ease of Play
Combat and movement are both fairly straightforward, with plenty of on-screen instruction when new game mechanics are introduced.
Violence & Scariness
Superheroes and supervillains (and their robotic minions) engage in cartoonish combat -- punching and kicking -- from a third-person perspective. Enemies collapse and disappear when defeated. No blood or gore, and no one's killed or seriously injured.
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Products & Purchases
Based on the popular kids TV show of the same name, which was itself inspired by a series of comic books. Some young fans are likely to want to consume it all.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that DC Super Hero Girls: Teen Power is an open-world action game for Nintendo Switch. It's based on the popular TV show DC Super Hero Girls, which was inspired by a series of comics with the same name. This could generate minor consumerism concerns for kids who are easily influenced by sprawling brands. Players take on the roles of teen versions of several popular superheroes, including Wonder Woman, Batgirl, and Supergirl, among others. They're typical teenagers when not in costume, happy to socialize, shop, and worry about everyday things, but they have the courage to protect folks by taking on supervillains, making them fine examples of teen girl agency and empowerment. The cartoonish combat -- mostly punching and kicking -- involves no blood, gore, death, or permanent injuries.
Is It Any Good?
Geared explicitly for the pre-teen set, this serves as a good introduction to open-world action games. DC Super Hero Girls: Teen Power never overwhelms with complexity or frustrates with difficulty. Many fights take only seconds and can be finished simply by jamming on the attack button to rack up visually satisfying cartoon combos. The camera can get a bit fidgety at times, and the flight mechanic is a little tricky at first, but it doesn't take long to adapt. And if you happen to fail in a fight, the battle instantly reloads with virtually no progress lost, keeping aggravation at a minimum.
But the best parts of the game are often outside of combat. Getting to know the girls, each of whom has a distinct and charming personality as well as her own issues to face, is a treat, and their helping average folks in need only makes you like them more. Even shopping for and decking out the teens in new duds is a blast, thanks to some pretty awesome costume designs that are worth saving up for. And with an overall look and vibe that perfectly captures both the TV show and comics' aesthetic, it's likely to instantly draw in many of the kids who've already come to know and love these strong, admirable female characters in other mediums. DC Super Hero Girls: Teen Power is meant for kids who want to see themselves reflected in the world of superheroes, and it excels in that task.
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