Captain America: Sentinel of Liberty

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Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media
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Fun comic book action, but lacks originality and length.

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Ease of Play

The game is easy to pick up thanks to simple swipe mechanics and onscreen button presses. For example, Captain America runs without you needing to hold anything -- but you'll swipe up to jump, down to slide, tap to fight, and so on.

 

Violence

The game is a comic book-inspired action game with some animated combat. Specifically, Captain America can throw his shield like a boomerang to stun opponents, punch and kick them, and slam them into the ground. There are also extra attacks such as swinging the sword around to knock enemies down. Bad guys can wield machine guns and can be seen falling off ledges. There is no blood or gore.

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The game is released the same week as a Captain America: The First Avenger movie in theaters, though they do not follow the same storyline. In the Extras area, you can view collectible comic book covers, new costumes, and watch videos from the game. Tap "More Marvel" to read about other smartphone apps and video games based on Thor, Spider-Man, Iron Man, and X-Men. The game has the option to visit Marvel.com, and to follow Marvel on Facebook and Twitter.

 

 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Captain America: Sentinel of Liberty is a comic book-inspired action game with some animated combat. Unlike the recent Captain America: The First Avenger movie, this game is cartoony and it has its own storyline. While the hero uses his signature shield as a boomerang and can wield a sword, there is no blood or gore in this violence. Users can share high scores via the Game Center social network, but participation is optional.

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Is it any good?

While CAPTAIN AMERICA: SENTINEL OF LIBERTY has players step into the boots of the Marvel Comics character -- as he battles the malevolent HYDRA organization during World War II -- this action game lacks originality and longevity. The single-player platformer has you run from the left side of the screen to the right, hopping over or sliding under obstacles (such as tripwires) and tossing your shield like a boomerang to destroy objects in your way (such as landmines). There is some verticality to the levels, too, as you must climb to different floors, slide down ramps, and find well-hidden file folders per level. Combat against enemies can be handled in various ways, such as using your shield as a projectile to stun them, along with multiple punches, kicks, slides, and ways to slam enemies using various finger swipes on the screen. Special moves and combos can be pulled off, too.

While the game is fun, it borrows heavily from other games like Mirror's Edge and Assassin's Creed. Another issue: the game is relatively short at about 24 levels. Shortcomings aside, fans of the Marvel superhero in search for a somewhat fun action game should find Captain America: Sentinel of Liberty a decent download.

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