Marvel Super Hero Squad: The Infinity Gauntlet
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: 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.
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?
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.
Talk to your kids 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?
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