A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Despite the good intentions of the heroes, the game is full of laser-fire and explosions that are likely to drown out any positive messages.
Positive Role Models
In this DS version of Iron Man 2, billionaire/superhero Tony Stark comes off as a man who'd rather be spending his time solving global warming or giving Internet access to poor countries, but who feels duty-bound to step in and save the world the hard way when times call for it.
Ease of Play
Iron Man is controlled entirely with buttons, War Machine is controlled via touchscreen. Switching back and forth may cause some confusion, but neither controls is too difficult to handle on its own. Some of the first few villain bosses feel a bit too challenging to come so early in the game.
Violence & Scariness
As Iron Man or his partner, War Machine, you will blast enemies with missiles, bullets, and lasers. The vast majority of these enemies are robots or vehicle drones which explode in a poof and disappear when hit. There are a few human enemies in armored suits, but the humans don't explode when hit, they either fall down or lose parts of their armor. They are never explicitly shown as being dead.
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Products & Purchases
This game is one of the myriad Iron Man 2 movie tie-in products. And there are ads for Iron Man 2 toys in the instruction booklet.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Iron Man 2 is a shoot-em-up game with lots of gunfire and explosions, but that this DS version is much more cartoonish in its action than any of the other Iron Man 2 video game versions on the market right now. This is a different game from the console versions of Iron Man 2, which are more graphically violent than this DS iteration.
Is It Any Good?
The Nintendo DS version of Iron Man 2 is arguably better than its console counterparts. The graphics may be no comparison, but the control schemes make more sense and are easier to handle. The game is a 2-D side-scrolling adventure, as opposed to a third-person shooter like the other Iron Man 2 games, but the gameplay experience doesn't suffer for it. In this DS version, Iron Man zips speedily through the air like the high-flying superhero we know and love. The somewhat complex story, while it must be read (there is no voice over), is more easily followed. There are nice features that allow you to upgrade your armor suits and find a secret collection of hidden comic book covers as you play. But mostly, this DS version is a better choice for younger Iron Man fans. It makes sense that a game based on a PG-13 movie might have mild language and violence in it, as the console versions do, but it's nice that there's a somewhat more palatable version for the younger superhero lovers we all know are out there.
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