A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Marvel Super Hero Squad Online is a massively multiplayer online game designed for kids. As a superhero game there is quite a bit of combat, but violence effects are limited mostly to "clouds" and "dizzy stars." Players will also see a bit of potty humor, including fart and burp animations. Online communication can be controlled in the game's options menu, where parents can choose to allow kids to text from a game dictionary of approved words. Parents should also know that although this is a web-browser game the player's experience will be improved if you choose to download game files, which will eliminate long loading times.
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What's it about?
MARVEL SUPER HERO SQUAD ONLINE is based on the television series of the same name. Players get to take on the roles of characters from the show while exploring familiar areas and battling villains. There is also a trading card game that has the characters battling it out as you play the cards, as well as a house (the helicarrier) that kids can decorate where collected characters live.
Is it any good?
Marvel Super Hero Squad Online has managed to hit all of the things most kids like to do in games. There are objects to interact with in the landscape, superheroes to collect and level up (each superhero has his or her own special animations and power attacks), and places from the television series that they can explore. Plus, the game is wonderfully easy to play, offering both keyboard and mouse controls. Kids who are fans of the Marvel Universe and of the Super Hero Squad show will particularly enjoy this game.
Parents should know that there are three components to the game: the free game, the paid subscription, and gold coins that parents can purchase for kids so they can unlock portions of the game or characters they want.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about superheroes. What is your favorite super power? What would you do if you had super powers?
Families can also talk about violence. Does a game like this feel less violent than others of its kind because there's no blood? Does cartoon violence have less of an impact on you than live action violence?
- Platforms: Mac, Windows
- Price: Free / $9.95 monthly / Microtransaction
- Available online? Available online
- Developer: Gazillion Entertainment
- Release date: July 18, 2011
- Genre: Massively Multiplayer Online Game (MMOG)
- Topics: Superheroes
- ESRB rating: E10+ for Cartoon Violence, Comic Mischief
- Last updated: December 04, 2019
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