A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
The heroes and villains are very clearly delineated. Teamwork is an essential factor for success.
Positive Role Models
While these superheroes do use violence as a means to an end, they are very clearly on the side of good. No dark, brooding anti-heroes here. And based on the witty banter between them, they really seem to like each other. Friendship and teamwork are highlighted.
Ease of Play
The controls seem a little more complicated than they need to be, with many different button combinations to learn in order to perform the game's many different moves and attacks. However, it seems that you can do pretty well with random button-mashing, too.
Violence & Scariness
Batman and his super-buddies beat up the bad guys with lots of high-flying punches, kicks, and throws. Some of the heroes can shoot energy beams. As for the villains, some of them use plain-old machine guns. The violence is all very cartoony, though, with no blood at all. "Dying" only makes you lose some coins.
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Nothing worse than the term, "kick butt." There's also a potty-training joke in reference to a cat-themed villain.
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Products & Purchases
This game ties in to the animated series of the same name.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Batman: The Brave and the Bold is a fast-paced, action-filled video game based on the animated series of the same name. Like the cartoon, it contains a good deal of fantasy violence, but nothing too graphic. This is a far more kid-friendly version of Batman than we've seen in years. Also like the cartoon, humor is a big presence. The show and the game are both based around heroes teaming up to battle evil together, so cooperative play is a big feature.
Is It Any Good?
Batman: The Brave and the Bold has a great retro feel to it (partly because of it's 2-D side-scrolling format) that suits the tone of the show very well. It's certainly one of the more colorful superhero games to appear in a long time. The fighting is somewhat frantic, and never needs to be that precise, which can actually be a good thing (a nice antidote to the many too-hard-for-novices action games out there). Best of all, the game is really funny. It's got fantastic, genuinely witty dialogue, and great pacing in its storytelling. It's actually possible to lose a battle while you're laughing at a joke.
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