Batman: The Brave and the Bold

 
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Fun -- and funny -- superhero action game keeps it light.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

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

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.

Sex
Not applicable
Language

Nothing worse than the term, "kick butt." There's also a potty-training joke in reference to a cat-themed villain.

Consumerism

This game ties in to the animated series of the same name.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

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.

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What's it about?

Just like the animated TV show that inspired it, BATMAN: THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD, the video game, chronicles the Dark Knight's team-ups with other superpowered crusaders for justice. Of course, the Dark Knight, is not all that dark here, either. While the requisite fisticuffs and gunplay are present here, the game has more of colorful, old-time comic strip feel than anything else. Heroes actually refer to one another as "chum." In the game, Batman will team up with Robin, Blue Beetle, Green Lantern, and others -- with numerous guest appearances by "jump-in heroes" that can pop in for a quick assist.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

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.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the violence in the game. Can superhero games exist without violence? How does the violence here compare to that in other games you've played? Does the cartoony nature of the violence make it more palatable?

  • This is a cooperative game, where two players work together to win. Do you enjoy playing with someone else as a team? Do you find it difficult or frustrating if the two players have very different skill levels?

Game details

Platforms:Nintendo Wii, Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi
Price:$29.99–$39.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Warner Bros. Games
Release date:September 7, 2010
Genre:Action/Adventure
Topics:Superheroes
ESRB rating:E10+ for Cartoon Violence, Comic Mischief (Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi, Nintendo Wii)

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Teen, 15 years old Written byMitchell Charleston June 11, 2013
 

Funny video game.

This is a BOLD video game (get it?). It is pretty funny AND it's fun to play. I recommend this video game to any Batman fan (Hey, that rhymes. Also, i'm a HUGE Batman fan).

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