A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Story themes of fighting against evil and saving the world are undermined by constant fighting.
Positive Role Models
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 & Scariness
Players use sci-fi/fantasy weapons including lasers and throwing stars. No blood or gore, but tons of fighting. Enemies disappear when defeated.
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Products & Purchases
An extension of advertising for Power Rangers toys and shows.
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.
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.
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