Marvel Super Hero Squad: The Infinity Gauntlet

Common Sense Media says

Colorful superhero action with a great sense of humor.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

There's a lot of camaraderie shown among the heroes. They work well together (and the co-op nature of the game forces players to do the same). Each character has his or her own special talent that will be needed at different points in the adventure.

Positive role models

No brooding or dark-souled anti-heroes here. These colorful good guys are all very obviously on the side of the just. There's a bit of name-calling and jeering between them and the bad guys, though, all of which is played for humor.

Ease of play

The controls are pretty simple to learn and work quite smoothly. No real technical problems here. And three difficulty levels insure that players of varying skill levels should be able to find the right degree of challenge for themselves. The game has a two-person cooperative mode.

Violence

Superheroes and villains battle in hand-to-hand and in ranged combat. Punching and kicking sound effects are heard throughout the fights. The ranged attacks can sometimes be lasers or energy beams shot at villains. There is no blood during fights; defeated characters simply disappear. In a shooting gallery mini-game, players blast lasers at flying space bugs, which leave a green splatter when hit. If a hero loses all of his or her energy, they fall to the ground until their partner revives them (by touching them).

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Consumerism

The game is a tie-in to The Super Hero Squad Show animated series, which also has an associated toy line.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Marvel Super Hero Squad: The Infinity Gauntlet is a video game tie-in to the comedic and colorful Super Hero Squad TV show on Cartoon Network. Like the show, the game features "cute" versions of popular Marvel heroes, like Iron Man, Hulk, and Captain America, and goes for laughs as much as it does for action. The violence herein is all extremely cartoony -- the most graphic bit being the splattering of space insects. The game also features a good deal of puzzle solving in and among all the fighting.

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What's it about?

MARVEL SUPER HERO SQUAD: THE INFINITY GAUNTLET is the second game based on the animated series, The Super Hero Squad Show. In this game, which spins off from the plot of the show's second season, the team of good guys (which includes Thor, Hulk, Iron Man, Wolverine, Scarlet Witch, and others) must prevent the intergalactic villain Thanos from collecting the powerful \"Infinity Gems\" which would grant him power to rule the universe. Two heroes are always onscreen at the same time, and can be controlled by two players cooperatively, or by one player switching between them. Many bonus heroes can be unlocked throughout.

Is it any good?

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While its predecessor was a pretty fun game, Marvel Super Hero Squad: The Infinity Gauntlet feels about twelve times better. The graphics are far more polished, the controls work much more smoothly, and the writing is at times, genuinely hilarious. This game captures the tone of the often-silly show really well. The heroes tend to spout off quips and goofy comments even throughout battles, and a good portion of them are laugh-out-loud funny. The great voice acting from members of the show's cast helps a lot. You'll find a lot of variety among the different game levels, and added incentive to replay them once you unlock more characters (each of whom has different skills and can access different areas). The game is a blast in solo mode, but even more fun in co-op play.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the fighting in the game. How does the level of violence here compare to that of other superhero games? Would it be realistic to expect a superhero game without fighting in it? Can you think of any ways to create one?

  • Does cartoony violence have less of an impact than realistic violence? At what point does violence cross the line from cartoony to realistic?

Game details

Platforms:Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi
Price:$29.99–$39.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:THQ
Release date:November 16, 2010
Genre:Action/Adventure
Topics:Superheroes
ESRB rating:E10+ for Animated Blood, Cartoon Violence (Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi, Nintendo Wii, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360)

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