Saban's Power Rangers Super Megaforce

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Carolyn Koh, Common Sense Media
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Violent superhero brawler quickly gets repetitive, boring.

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Positive Messages

Story themes of fighting against evil and saving the world are undermined by constant fighting.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Good guys work together and sacrifice personal interests to defeat bad guys. Downside? They use violence to solve all conflicts.

Ease of Play

Side scroller with platforming action. Controls are simple button presses.

Violence

Players use sci-fi/fantasy weapons including lasers and throwing stars. No blood or gore, but tons of fighting. Enemies disappear when defeated.

Sex
Language
Consumerism

An extension of advertising for Power Rangers toys and shows.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Saban's Power Rangers Super Megaforce is a fighting game based on the long-running Power Rangers characters/series. While the TV show is targeted toward younger kids, the constant amount of fantasy fighting makes this title more age-appropriate for older kids. Teams of costumed superheroes fight forces of evil trying to control the earth. Each character has his or her own powers and use sci-fi/fantasy weapons, including laser pistols, power staffs, and bladed weapons. Although there are both sound and visual effects, opponents simply fall over and disappear when defeated. This is a clear extension of the overall Power Rangers franchise, which encompasses an enormous range of toys, games, and shows, and young players may well want to purchase other branded items.

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What's it about?

SABAN'S POWER RANGERS SUPER MEGAFORCE is based on the second season of the Power Rangers Megaforce TV series. In the show, the teens can "morph" into any of the previous legendary teams of Power Rangers. In the game, this is depicted with different characters. Kids pick a primary character that they control, plus a secondary character who follows and backs them up as they destroy the forces of evil that threaten the earth.

Is it any good?

Saban's Power Rangers Super Megaforce is easy to pick up and play. It's a side-scrolling game with minimal platforming action and straightforward controls with three attacks: close combat, distance, and charged strikes. There aren't any combos or defense strategies to worry about; kids simply run back and forth and mash attack buttons, jumping to different levels or across pits. The boss fight at the end of each level provides a slight break to the button mashing as kids take on the aspect of a Megazord (a large robot made from smaller ones) and fight another gargantuan robot.

Initially, you have 10 characters to choose from; you can unlock up to 30, but with only three attack modes, it feels like window dressing. Unfortunately, once you get through several easy levels, the game becomes monotonous. The environments may look different, but it feels the same. The faceless enemies don't change much either, so it feels like you're playing the same battles over and over again. In essence, it's a game that Power Rangers fans can easily play but will probably become bored with quickly.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the violence in Saban's Power Rangers Super Megaforce. Just because there isn't any blood and gore, is it any less violent? How does that affect the impact?

  • Talk about branding and franchises. If the heroes of the game weren't Power Rangers, but a group of random characters, would you still play the game? Did you want to play the game because it featured the Power Rangers?

  • What superpower would you like to have? Why? What else can you do to help people and do good?

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