Parents' Guide to

The Powerpuff Girls: Defenders of Townsville

By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Supergirls' fun comeback heavy on fighting, short on story.

Game Mac , Windows 2014
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The Powerpuff Girls: Defenders of Townsville is a throwback to side-scrolling classics like Metroid and Castlevania. Just when a player thinks she might be starting to get bored exploring the same passageways over and over, she'll find a fun new superpower that will let her access areas that were previously blocked off, providing motive to keep playing a while longer. It's an old formula, but effective. Plus, fans of the show will appreciate the voice work performed by the original cast, as well as the ability to switch between the series' modern CGI presentation -- as seen in the recent Cartoon Network special -- and the classic hand-drawn look of the original animated series.

However, what the game's creators seem to have forgotten is that the great appeal of The Powerpuff Girls isn't their powers -- which are the focus of this game -- but instead the colorful cast of characters from the show and the girls themselves. Storytelling and character development are virtually absent from the game, making it a hollow shell of its source material. It might look and sound like the Powerpuff Girls, and it can even be pretty fun to play, but it doesn't quite capture the spirit of the show.

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