Batman Arkham City Lockdown



Gritty action game heavy on violence and feels repetitive.

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Ease of play

The controls are fairly simple and the game walks you through everything. Fighting is accomplished through a series of swipes and taps at the right time. Batman can use various gear by tapping on the buttons.


This is a very gritty, violent version of Batman: The game is all about fighting your way through thugs to get to the bosses, using kicks and punches. There are special moves that involve breaking arms, and the enemies are sometimes armed with heavy sticks, swords, or guns.


There isn't any portrayal of sex on-screen, but there are character bios for Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy, both of whom are wearing revealing clothing. Also, signs for exotic dancing bars are seen in the backgrounds in some scenes. There are some Batman comic books included in the app, which also feature Harley Quinn usually showing a lot of cleavage.


There are a few instances of swearing like "damn" during the cutscenes. Also during the fight scenes the thugs and enemies talk trash to Batman.


There are links to other Warner Bros. merchandise that can be purchased, including movies and apps. Also, there are some in-app purchases like other Batsuits from different Batman series, and you can purchase more "WayneTech" points to upgrade Batman.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

The game itself has no drinking, drugs, or smoking, but in the included mini-comic one of the subplots involves a super-drug that turns a pair of thugs into super-strong versions of themselves.

Privacy & safety

Some privacy concerns. Players can opt in to Apple's Game Center to track achievements. Players can send and receive friend requests using an email address or Game Center nickname, revealing the first and last name associated with each party's Apple ID and, in the case of email requests, the sender's email address. With iOS 5, players can opt to have a private or public profile, which can include a photo. With a public profile, your real name is visible to all other players, and Game Center will recommend you to other players using your real name. With a private profile, only your friends can see your real name, and Game Center will not recommend you to other players.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Batman Arkham City Lockdown is an action game focused on fighting thugs and supervillains, mostly using fists and feet. The game has a lot of violence: The thugs use weapons, and Batman will break bones. There are also three mini-comics included in the app, which feature one character with revealing clothing and some drug use. Users can share achievements via the Game Center social network, but participation is optional.

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BATMAN ARKHAM CITY LOCKDOWN is a gritty action game that pits you against various supervillains and their unending armies of thugs. You fight bad guys using a series of swipes and taps, somewhat similar to Infinity Blade, but with a little less variety. As you complete levels, you get WayneTech points, which can be spent to upgrade Batman or purchase equipment which helps him in his fights. There are also additional "skins" that can be purchased to play as Batman from various other series.

The game is pretty impressive visually and the controls are fluid; however, it starts to feel quite repetitive. Both Batman and the thugs have a limited repertoire of moves, and the bosses fall into patterns that can be easily learned. It's fun to play through the different bosses, but may not be worth the high price of entry.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Release date:December 20, 2011
Category:Action Games
Size:619.00 MB
Publisher:Warner Bros. Entertainment
Minimum software requirements:iOS 4.0 or later

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Kid, 11 years old August 27, 2013

funner than a the other arkham city games

funner than the other consoles. there is fist fighting. drinking drugs ands smoking of the thugs. there is some language that may not be appropriate for some kids. two characters where brief clothes.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Safety and privacy concerns
Teen, 13 years old Written byCongoturkey October 6, 2013

good game

i think its not that bad because your a superhero, and two of the bad guys are creatures.They don't curse very much besisdes the D word and thats all.Harley quins outfit you can kind of see her boobs
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Teen, 15 years old Written bythedog123 April 11, 2013

horrible game

very hard to play. mild language heavy intense violence just stick with the dark knight app on this one.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking


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