LEGO Marvel Super Heroes

Common Sense Media says

Fun, kid-friendly action game tied to major cultural icons.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

This game has straight-up good-guy-versus-bad-guy morality, with plenty of humor to keep things light. The frequent cartoonish combat is punctuated with plenty of puzzles, gently reinforcing that there's more to defeating evil than just beating up villains. It also makes for a good, cooperative social-gaming experience for a pair of players in the same room. 

Positive role models

The Marvel heroes are indefatigably good. Tony Stark may be an egotist and the Hulk may have a temper, but they reliably use their powers to help others, defeat evil, and crack the occasional contextual conundrum. 

Ease of play

Just tap buttons to brawl and use the sticks to move around. As with other Lego games, there's no real failing. Characters respawn instantly when defeated, minus a few of the Lego studs they've collected. There is potential, though, for kids to get stuck in some areas if they can't figure out what to do next. Some players may occasionally need to look up online guides. 

Violence

Each of the game's many heroes has his or her own way of beating up the game's plastic bad guys and reducing them to piles of bricks. Hulk grabs foes and whips them back and forth on the pavement, Iron Man shoots rockets and energy blasts from his hands, Captain America throws his shield, Hawkeye shoots arrows, Black Widow fires a pistol, and so forth. Enemies simply burst into their component Lego pieces when defeated.

Sex
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

This game is a tie-in for Lego building sets and the comics and films that inspired them. Many kids who play likely will come away infatuated with both and eager to gobble up related toys and media.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

No privacy or safety concerns.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know LEGO Marvel Super Heroes runs in the same vein as other Lego games, delivering lots of cartoonish combat mixed with some clever little contextual puzzles. The fighting is between plastic brick figures that simply break apart when hit or shot -- no blood or gore or shrieks of pain -- and the game is designed so players can't ever really lose. The action was crafted with social and cooperative play in mind, making this a great game for kids, their friends, and perhaps even their parents to play together on the couch. It's tied in to the world of Marvel superheroes and could be looked at as promoting a brand.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Hobbies

  • building
  • collecting

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • logic
  • solving puzzles

Communication

  • friendship building

Collaboration

  • cooperation
  • meeting challenges together
  • teamwork

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

If the recognizable Lego elements don't grab kids' attention, the iconic superheroes probably will. Compelling action and puzzles help, too.

Learning Approach

Kids will learn mostly by exploring the game's environments and using trial and error to work things out. Playing in pairs, kids need to communicate effectively to efficiently clear each level.

Support

Most of the instruction players need can be found in the game, though kids may get stuck in some areas where there's no clear indication of what to do next. They may need to look online for help.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Hobbies

  • building
  • collecting

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • logic
  • solving puzzles

Communication

  • friendship building

Collaboration

  • cooperation
  • meeting challenges together
  • teamwork

Kids can learn about puzzle solving and teamwork in this compelling and highly accessible action game. Players work together, talking to one another as they noodle out solutions to the game's contextual puzzles and split up duties. Those puzzles will test kids' logic and reasoning abilities as they combine real-world understanding with their knowledge of the game's specific rules. LEGO Marvel Super Heroes brings a Marvel universe alive and keeps kids thinking as they engage in a fun social activity with others.

This Learning Rating review was written by Chad Sapieha

Parents say

Kids say

What's it about?

LEGO MARVEL SUPER HEROES is all about exploring Marvel's vast and storied world of heroes and villains. It offers players a chance to step into the shoes of more than 100 iconic characters -- including members of the Avengers, the Fantastic Four, and the X-Men -- while exploring locations that will be instantly familiar to Marvel fans, like the Oscorp building and Stark Tower. As with most Lego games, the action -- designed for one or two local players -- is composed of simple button-mashing combat and clever little puzzles built into the game world. For example, kids will bash bad guys with the Hulk's big green mitts, then use his immense strength to lift a giant piece of wreckage and toss it away, clearing a path for other heroes. Outside of the main missions, players can explore an open sandbox world where they'll find quick one-off activities, such as vehicle races.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

The men and women who made LEGO Marvel Super Heroes clearly know their comic-book lore. The heroes in this game feel just right. Whether it's Spider-Man joking about having to do homework or the suggestion of special moments between Hawkeye and Black Widow, the game happily panders to Marvel Universe fans. It can be seen in the action as well. Mr. Fantastic can do all sorts of cool, crazy things with his shape-shifting body -- like stretching flat into a parachute and bending in unexpected ways in combat -- while Iron Man's powers change dramatically based on which armor Tony Stark is wearing.

The only part of the experience that dips below excellent is the open sandbox world. The controls for vehicles and movement in general just don't feel quite right, and finding your way around seems harder than necessary. But even if kids skip the open-world stuff altogether, they're still left with potentially dozens of hours in the campaign missions, which, as usual, lure players to return as new characters in free play mode to unlock more stuff. Young or old, fans of brick building and superheroes will have a great time with TT Games' latest Lego game.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about making wise choices as consumers. Do you feel the urge to spend money on toys and other products because they're somehow tied to movies, games, and fictional characters you like? How can you tell whether these are quality goods worth your money?

  • Families also can discuss cooperative play. Do you enjoy playing games alone or in the company of friends and family? Do you find that most co-op games let you accomplish more while you play, or are you bothered by being forced to take into account the playing style of your partner?

Game details

Platforms:Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, Nintendo Wii U, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo DS, Windows
Price:$59.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Warner Bros. Games
Release date:October 22, 2013
Genre:Action/Adventure
Topics:Superheroes
ESRB rating:E10+ for Cartoon Violence (Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo DS, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo Wii U, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Windows, Xbox 360, Xbox One)

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Kid, 9 years old November 1, 2013
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2
QUALITY
 

SERIOUSLY

really common sense media!!! this game is appropriate for 2 year olds!!!!!!!!!! all i have to say is WOW i never knew they could make such a stupid rating.
Teen, 16 years old Written byrebma97 October 30, 2013
AGE
8
QUALITY
 

Loads of Fun

This game is really fun! You get to be many famous Marvel characters (i.e. The Avengers, Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four). As always, Lego manages to keep the story lines similar to the original stories, yet add in their own mix of humor and adventure for fun. Although there are rooms for improvement (it's hard to navigate levels, for example, and some characters could have been given more advanced abilities), overall it is a very high-quality game. Violence: Very typical superhero action; characters use weapons, their powers, or their fists to fight. The villains are killed, but there is absolutely no blood. Sex: The female characters could be considered wearing suggestive outfits, but as Legos it doesn't look so bad. Consumerism: There's obvious consumerism for the Lego tie-ins, as well as Marvel.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much consumerism
Parent of a 13 year old Written byThegoodReviewer November 7, 2013
AGE
10
QUALITY
 

Good game for kids and marvel fans

Really good game for kids! It's full of fun comedy it also has a awesome open world and lots of cool features. Even I have played it! The number of characters and vehicles is enourmous, They even add the statue of liberty, a bit of cartoon violence but nothing bad.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
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