Hero Smash

Game review by
Carolyn Koh, Common Sense Media
Hero Smash Game Poster Image
Free, punny MMO lets kids be both superheroes and villains.
  • Mac, Windows
  • Free / $9.95 monthly / microtransaction
  • 2011

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 5 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

There's a balance between positive and negative messages in this game as players can choose to be Super Heroes and work for the good guys, or Super Villains and work for the bad guys.

Positive Role Models & Representations

In-game character Mentors are both male and female and all skin tones, whether they are good guys or the bad guys, and all encourage kids to do well.

Ease of Play

Everything is accomplished with mouse clicks in the game, and a tutorial walks players through the various user interface displays.

Violence

Like many MMOs, kids have to kill things to advance in this game. There is no blood or gore, however, and violence is represented by cartoon zaps of lightning, flames or smoke, but there are fanciful swords and knives as well as various guns, and the sound of gunfire and "whoosh" of magic. 

Sex

Although there are clothing like bikini tops that can be purchased for female characters, the characters are stylized in the manga Chibi-style with oversized heads and straight bodies and limbs with no details.

Language

Language is suitable for kids of ten on up with some mild "smack" talk with no swear words, although like all Artix games, there are very bad puns that may have to be explained. 

Consumerism

The game is monetized by subscriptions or micro-transactions but players only encounter it when they run across a premium item or quest that requires cash to unlock.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Hero Smash is a massively multiplayer online game (MMOG) where kids create and customize their Super Heroes (or Villains). They take on missions that mostly require that they kill things with various powers and weapons. It is web-based, so there isn't any download or installation required or purchase of software. Parents also need to know that the game can be played for free but that it has paid components as well.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent Written byTheOriginalFive September 15, 2012

Peer Pressures for Villainy.

Despite the plot of the game supposedly encouraging heroes, a section of the game's storyline involves the heroic Demolicious' defeat at the hands of... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written byherosmashplayer August 14, 2011
Teen, 14 years old Written byCloudySkiesSOS December 23, 2013

Not as good as it used to be.. very unsafe

I've been playing Herosmash for 2 years now. Once the chat and Non-Chat servers merged, many players have quit because older players have been bullying oth... Continue reading

What's it about?

In HERO SMASH, kids start by rescuing someone from the evil Dr. Purple in the tutorial, but can decide to help either Heroes or Villains in any part of Super City as well as some more or less neutral missions (many of which require you to kill things).

Is it any good?

Hero Smash allows quite a bit of free-form play as there are hundreds of different costume pieces kids can obtain as rewards by simply playing the game (some are amusing helms that resemble the creature they got them from). There is no advantage to playing either Hero or Villain and no real drawback to playing a mission or two for the other side, although kids do build up Good or Evil points.

Unlike many other MMOGs, characters aren't locked into a certain role, as kids can buy and equip any power and weapon they choose. Although buying a subscription opens up a great deal more content, kids playing the free game will also find a lot to do. Team play is as simple as several kids fighting a powerful monster at the same time as each player receives experience and items individually.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Internet safety. Why do we not share our real names and where we live with other kids we meet online? How do you know they are also kids?

  • Families can also talk about setting computer limits. How much time is too much? What is eye-strain and why do we need to rest our eyes or look at things from different distances?

Game details

For kids who love role-playing games

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