A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
There's really not much of a story, but light themes of friendship and loyalty can be found within the action.
Positive Role Models
The Powerpuff Girls are strong, independent kids and good, dependable friends/sisters. That said, this game makes it seem as though their only interest is combat.
Ease of Play
The controls are comfortable, especially if you use a gamepad in place of a keyboard and mouse. However, combat can be surprisingly tricky in later levels, especially considering the assumed target audience's age. Pre-teens may want to consider bumping down the difficulty below normal, which will make things a lot less frustrating toward the end of the game.
Violence & Scariness
The Powerpuff Girls fight hundreds of cartoonish robots using punches, energy waves, fireballs, and ice blasts. The robots sputter a bit before blowing up and disappearing.
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Products & Purchases
This game is an official offshoot of The Powerpuff Girls TV show, and arrived shortly after The Powerpuff Girls: Dance Pantsed special. Kids who play the game may be interested in seeking out the TV show as well as Powerpuff Girls paraphernalia, which remains readily available despite the show's 2004 cancelation.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know The Powerpuff Girls: Defenders of Townsville is an action game aimed squarely at fans of The Powerpuff Girls TV show. It's pretty much pure combat, but the fighting is highly cartoonish and the girls only fight non-humanoid robots (mostly metal spheres with flashing lights). Bubbles, Blossom, and Buttercup are, as always, a curious mix of cute girlishness and superhuman power, and strongly devoted to helping one another and ensuring justice is done. That said, the game is largely devoid of dialogue and doesn't really let these latter traits shine through. The focus here is clearly on fighting.
Is It Any Good?
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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