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The Dark Knight Rises

Repetitive, slow movie tie-in with lots of fighting.

What parents need to know

Educational value

The Dark Knight Rises wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

Ease of play

The controls are laid out well and work well. Action buttons that aren't applicable to the events of the moment are hidden to avoid a cluttered layout. 


There's a lot of fighting in the game, and enemies often shoot at Batman (and can gun him down if players aren't careful). The Bane character beats Batman mercilessly. 

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The game is a direct tie-in to the final Batman movie from director Christopher Nolan. Kids who play the game will almost certainly want to see the movie. Players can also make in-app purchases for virtual items (ranging up to $100), but they're hardly essential. 

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Bane is implied to be on steroid-like drugs that make him incredibly strong. 

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that The Dark Knight Rises is an action tie-in to the hit summer film. As you might expect from a Batman game, there's plenty of fighting and a fair bit of stealth action. The incorporation of the Bane character ramps up the fights. Parents will also want to be aware that kids who play the game will want to see the movie (if they haven't already). And if they have seen the movie, they might want to go again. The Gameloft Live! opt-in feature allows players to connect to strangers, including the ability to text chat online with others.

What's it about?

Players assume the role of Batman in a story that follows the story in The Dark Knight Rises film. By using a virtual stick, they'll control the Caped Crusader's movements, while swiping with the other hand controls the camera. When fights break out, on-screen buttons appear, allowing players to perform combination attacks by pressing buttons over and over. Side quests allow players to break into safes through mini-games. Players can upgrade their armor or equipment through coins collected by winning fights or completing missions.

Is it any good?


The mobile version of The Dark Knight Rises is the only gaming tie-in to the summer's hit film, but whereas console Batman games last year offered a unique take on the franchise, this latest effort is one that has several glaring flaws. The combat is repetitive -- and ultimately boring. It's slow to load. And it seems to offer similar missions again and again. It also spoils big parts of the movie for those who haven't seen it. 

Graphically, it's not a bad game. And the sound design is good. Ultimately, though, it's a miniaturized version of a franchise (and movie) that deserves something more grandiose. 

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
Release date:July 20, 2012
Category:Action Games
Size:819.00 MB
Minimum software requirements:iOS 4.0 or later; Android 2.2 and up

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Parent Written bySacko November 10, 2012

3d time killer

It is a good 3d game for your ipod, must buy
Kid, 12 years old August 3, 2013


A really fun game that falls a bit short because of repetitiveness.
Teen, 14 years old Written byRouge Leader September 28, 2012

Great for a mobile game!

Simply put, this game is amazing. While it can be closely compared to The Amazing Spider Man, I think this one is better, even on A4 iOS devices which have to run a lower quality type of the game. Beside the good performance, the game has bad combat, very animated (doesn't feel controlled so much as cued) and is very repetitive. These things aside, comes the games strong points. It is very fun, because it has a wide-open exporible Gotham City. Your ability to glide, and your grapple gun make a fun experience, and if that's not enough, you get to drive that Batmobile and Bat Pod (motercycle version), and I can't prove this for myself, but I've heard things of a jet-like vehicle. These things said, this game is much darker than spider man (hostage shootings, on-screen police deaths). The combat is also somewhat brutal. The final verdict is that this is a great game, but should be given to kids over 10. As of 9-28-12 the game is on sale on the App Store for 99¢.
What other families should know
Great role models
Too much sex
Too much consumerism