A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
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.
Violence & Scariness
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.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
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.
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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.
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Products & Purchases
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.
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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.
Is It Any Good?
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.
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