Iron Man

Game review by
Brett Molina, Common Sense Media
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Bland movie-based action game -- awkward controls.

Parents say

age 9+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 9 reviews

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A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Iron Man attempts to rid the world of the destructive weapons he once created.


Iron Man attacks soldiers, tanks, helicopters and other heavy vehicles. When soldiers are killed, no blood is shown.


Stark says 'ass' a couple of times.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

An occasional reference to drinking pops up in the dialogue.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this game is based on the Iron Man movie and that it contains some violence, but no blood or gore. Iron Man enemies involve soldiers, tanks, and other heavily-armored vehicles. Explosions litter the landscape, but you won't see any blood. Character Tony Stark is known to drink in his comic book persona, so don't be surprised if the occasional reference pops up.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byClone Dude October 24, 2009

Bang, Bang, Boring!

Iron Man is a very violent game. There is too much cursing and some drinking and smoking. I don't think it is a very good game because there is constant sh... Continue reading
Adult Written bygg52 April 9, 2008

age appropriate for 11-12

This game is a great game for kids. I grew up with Marvel and all the kids were into it. I would get this game if I were you. It earns it's 5 stars.
Teen, 17 years old Written byJoe Blow November 22, 2011

Cool Game!

Love this game. Can be frustrating some times because I could not pass any levels(Haha). Langauage goes to some "hells" and 'a' word and as... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old February 26, 2010

Iron Man rules

I love it I beat it. Stark swears sometimes. Violence not a lot of issue. If you liked the movie then you will like the game.

What's it about?

IRON MAN is based on the 2008 movie of the same name. The game's story picks up in the Middle East, where multimillionaire Tony Stark is finishing up a prototype of the first Iron Man suit. After using his crude creation to escape a pack of militants, Stark dons an updated version of the armor and sets to destroy all the weaponry created by his international corporation.

Controlling Iron Man is complicated, especially when flying. A half-pull of the left trigger sets him in hover mode, while a full press lets you gain altitude. The shoulder button, meanwhile, allows him to fly. Iron Man comes armed with a handful of attacks, including beams from his chest and hands, as well as heat-seeking missiles. If you prefer to take the fight up close, you can punch or even pull apart big vehicles. As you complete missions, you'll earn armor upgrades that improve your speed and arsenal.

Is it any good?

At times, manipulating this "one-man army" is gratifying. Catching and tossing back missiles is an especially fun moment. But the satisfaction is short-lived between boring missions and sub par visuals. The star of the game looks menacing, but the environments and enemies are bland. When you learn the auto-lock feature, targeting enemies becomes way too easy. Computer intelligence is questionable at best. Near the end of one battle against a heavily-armored helicopter, the vehicle made zero effort to dodge attacks or even turn to target the player. Iron Man will entertain briefly, but you're better off tossing this game in the pile of disappointing movie tie-ins

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about games linked to blockbuster films. Is it better to stick to the film's story or create a plot independent of the movie? Which comic book characters would you like to see in a video game?

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