Batman Unlimited: Gotham City's Most Wanted

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Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Many pages, limited interaction in crime-fighting mystery.

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Ease of Play

Read to Me, Read it Myself, and Autoplay options. Very little instruction on how to play some of the interactive games, such as the archery game.

Violence & Scariness

Some of the villains are very scary-looking, and the sound effects -- blaring warning alarms and scraping against buildings -- may also be frightening for kids on the younger end of this app's recommended age range.

Sexy Stuff
Language
Consumerism

There's a More Apps icon on the bottom right of the home screen, but the parents-only area (which can be accessed by swiping down with two fingers) includes the option to turn off the More Apps page.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Batman Unlimited: Gotham City's Most Wanted is an interactive crime mystery storybook featuring Batman and other DC superheroes. Three heroes are under suspicion of crimes, and Batman leads the charge to find the real criminals and clear the other heroes' names. The story can be read in three modes: Read to Me, Read it Myself, and Autoplay. Words are displayed on the pages with each mode. There are 40 pages with minimal interactivity on most, and there are also 10 "immersive interactive experiences" such as flying, driving, and archery. Read the app's privacy policy to find out about the types of information collected and shared.

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What's it about?

Choose the Read to Me, Read it Myself, or Autoplay options in BATMAN UNLIMITED: GOTHAM CITY'S MOST WANTED. Listen to or read the page, then tap the arrow or swipe to move to the next page. Look for interactive elements such as flying between skyscrapers and choosing the hero they want Batman to call first. Continue through all pages until the real criminal is revealed. 

Is it any good?

This is a long storybook for kids in the 6-to-8 age range for which this app is intended, and most of the interactive elements are very basic, though sometimes intense. For example, if players do not guide Batman ever so slightly left or right when he's flying between the skyscrapers, he bumps into the buildings and seems to burst into black smoke and make grating scraping noises, though he continues to fly. Also, some of the criminals may be too scary-looking for young kids. Lengthy download times may also deter some, as installing the full app takes a few minutes. Kids may have to be older than 8 and/or serious Batman fans and crime and mystery enthusiasts to make it all the way through the 40-page story, but kids who like solving mysteries will most likely really enjoy how this story builds as they help Batman collect clues and choose options.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about gathering clues to solve crimes. Think through the decision-making and logical reasoning with your kids as more evidence is presented here.

  • Discuss the concepts of "good guys" and "bad guys" in comic books vs. in real life. Do all criminals look "bad" in real life?

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