DC Super Hero Girls: Teen Power
By Chad Sapieha,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Superhero game has teen girl cast and positive role models.
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What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Primary themes include girl empowerment, friendship, doing the right thing, with smaller focus on fashion, shopping, social media.
Positive Role Models
Aside from superpowers, these teen girls are typical kids with typical interests. They like to hang out, chat, go shopping, have fun. They also have typical teen worries and self-confidence issues, which they resolve on their own and with the help of friends. They take their powers seriously, using them only for good.
Ease of Play
Combat and movement are both fairly straightforward, with plenty of on-screen instruction when new game mechanics are introduced.
Violence & Scariness
Superheroes and supervillains (and their robotic minions) engage in cartoonish combat -- punching and kicking -- from a third-person perspective. Enemies collapse and disappear when defeated. No blood or gore, and no one's killed or seriously injured.
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Based on the popular kids TV show of the same name, which was itself inspired by a series of comic books. Some young fans are likely to want to consume it all.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that DC Super Hero Girls: Teen Power is an open-world action game for Nintendo Switch. It's based on the popular TV show DC Super Hero Girls, which was inspired by a series of comics with the same name. This could generate minor consumerism concerns for kids who are easily influenced by sprawling brands. Players take on the roles of teen versions of several popular superheroes, including Wonder Woman, Batgirl, and Supergirl, among others. They're typical teenagers when not in costume, happy to socialize, shop, and worry about everyday things, but they have the courage to protect folks by taking on supervillains, making them fine examples of teen girl agency and empowerment. The cartoonish combat -- mostly punching and kicking -- involves no blood, gore, death, or permanent injuries.
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What’s It About?
Based on the hit TV show DC Super Hero Girls, DC SUPER HERO GIRLS: TEEN POWER gives players the chance to step into the supersuits of younger versions of some of DC's most popular female characters, including Supergirl, Batgirl, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, Bumblebee, and Zatanna. They're all friends at school who do normal teenager things, such as chatting with each other, posting on social media, and checking out shops for the latest outfits to wear. But they're also responsible members of the community and help citizens in all sorts of ways, from escorting an older woman across the street and foiling robberies to protecting the entire city from the likes of supervillains like Lex Luthor and Giganta. The player's time is split roughly equally between all of these activities, which play into each other. You might head out on a mission that involves fighting some evil robots for a few minutes, take some photos of the action for Lois Lane and the school newspaper, and then spend the money and points you earned adventuring on new clothes and abilities. Combat and movement are both very straightforward, and the free-to-roam world isn't very big, so younger players new to open-world action games shouldn't feel too intimidated.
Is It Any Good?
Geared explicitly for the pre-teen set, this serves as a good introduction to open-world action games. DC Super Hero Girls: Teen Power never overwhelms with complexity or frustrates with difficulty. Many fights take only seconds and can be finished simply by jamming on the attack button to rack up visually satisfying cartoon combos. The camera can get a bit fidgety at times, and the flight mechanic is a little tricky at first, but it doesn't take long to adapt. And if you happen to fail in a fight, the battle instantly reloads with virtually no progress lost, keeping aggravation at a minimum.
But the best parts of the game are often outside of combat. Getting to know the girls, each of whom has a distinct and charming personality as well as her own issues to face, is a treat, and their helping average folks in need only makes you like them more. Even shopping for and decking out the teens in new duds is a blast, thanks to some pretty awesome costume designs that are worth saving up for. And with an overall look and vibe that perfectly captures both the TV show and comics' aesthetic, it's likely to instantly draw in many of the kids who've already come to know and love these strong, admirable female characters in other mediums. DC Super Hero Girls: Teen Power is meant for kids who want to see themselves reflected in the world of superheroes, and it excels in that task.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about body image. Do you think DC Super Hero Girls: Teen Power provides positive examples of teen bodies? Is there any reason we should not expect cartoon characters and superheroes to have realistic body shapes and sizes?
Do the characters in DC Super Hero Girls: Teen Power exhibit personality traits that you can identify with? Did you detect any unnecessary plots or concepts?
- Platform: Nintendo Switch
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Available online?: Available online
- Publisher: Nintendo of America
- Release date: June 4, 2021
- Genre: Action/Adventure
- Topics: Superheroes, Great Girl Role Models, High School, Robots
- ESRB rating: E10+ for Cartoon Violence
- Last updated: January 13, 2022
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