X-Men

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Jonathan H. Liu, Common Sense Media
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Cartoon violence with no blood in arcade remake.

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Ease of Play

The player moves with the directional pad in the lower left corner and uses the three buttons in the lower right to jump, attack, or use their special power. The controls are simple and reflect the original 1992 arcade game.

Violence

X-men features the X-men battling Magneto's forces with hand-to-hand combat and special forces. The enemies can punch, kick, and shoot weapons and flames. There are also large explosions in some instances. The violence is cartoony with no blood.

Sex

As with typical Marvel comic books, most of the female characters have large breasts and tight-fitting clothing. Storm's outfit is like a bikini with a cape. There is no innuendo or sexual activity.

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Consumerism

There is a link from the Settings menu to a catalog of other apps by the developer, with links to purchase them.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that X-men is a port of the 1992 arcade game of the same name, using the same graphics and sounds, and similar control schemes. The game features cartoon violence with both hand-to-hand combat and weapons. There are well-endowed female characters wearing revealing clothing, but no sexual innuendo or other sexual content. Users can share high scores via the Game Center social network, but participation is optional. If they opt into OpenFeint network, they may be able to chat with strangers.

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Is it any good?

The 1992 X-MEN arcade game featured six of the X-men characters battling Magneto's forces, and this app reproduces the original graphics and sound effects, from the cutscenes to the action. Controls are set up the same as the arcade game -- "joystick" on the left, and three buttons on the right. Unlike the arcade game, however, you can continue as many times as you want without feeding in more quarters, making the price a bargain in comparison. Multiplayer games are possible with multiple friends running the app on nearby devices but not over the internet.

For those who like old arcade games, X-men will be a nostalgic experience, but the graphics and gameplay may not meet the standards of kids who are used to playing games on the X360 and PS3s. Still, it's a snapshot of an earlier era and still holds some of its original charms.

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