(http://marvelshsgame.marvel.com/#/us/home)  Marvel Super Hero Squad is based on The Super Hero Squad Show by Marvel Animation, which first aired on September 14th, 2009 on Cartoon Network and Teletoon. The game features over 20 super heroes and villains from various comic universes in their superdeformed looks. Consistent with the TV shows, the locations of the game are original to those of the comic series. The plot is also similar to that of the TV series, in which the evil Doctor Doom is trying to repossess the all-powerful infinity sword. The player is pitted against various members of Doctor Doom’s Lethal Legion, and their goons, in a quest to obtain the fragments of the infinity sword, called fractals, before Doctor Doom does. As a game, it primarily consists of beat ‘em up action similar to that of the Lego Star Wars games.

(http://marvelshsgame.marvel.com/#/us/home)  Marvel Super Hero Squad is based on The Super Hero Squad Show by Marvel Animation, which first aired on September 14th, 2009 on Cartoon Network and Teletoon. The game features over 20 super heroes and villains from various comic universes in their superdeformed looks. Consistent with the TV shows, the locations of the game are original to those of the comic series. The plot is also similar to that of the TV series, in which the evil Doctor Doom is trying to repossess the all-powerful infinity sword. The player is pitted against various members of Doctor Doom’s Lethal Legion, and their goons, in a quest to obtain the fragments of the infinity sword, called fractals, before Doctor Doom does. As a game, it primarily consists of beat ‘em up action similar to that of the Lego Star Wars games.

 

       

Presentation:

Marvel Super Hero Squad brings an interesting opportunity to introduce the younger generation to the marvel comics characters, bridging the gap between the generations. It pays homage to various comic series, and even includes alternate costumes and in-jokes that fans of the comic series will appreciate. On the other hand, characters hold true to their counterparts in the TV series, which are comical and innocent like in many other cartoons, their characterization are appreciated by kids, adults, and especially grown up kids. As for hardcore comic fans, this is a chance to see a different side to their favorite super heroes, and experience the subtle dynamic due to the differences between the heroes and their powers.

Graphics:

The characters are superdeformed, modeled after the action figure series marketed by Hasbro under the same name. The gameworld is bright and colorful, everything being cartoon-like, appropriate for its intended audience. Many cutscenes in the game are rendered with moving still frame of the characters, to depict the way a comic book would look but yet lively as though the 2D comic figure are jumping out of the screen.

Sounds:

The game includes some upbeat tracks as you smash through the uncounted baddies. Although most of the tracks are not highly memorable as the player gets lost in all the heavy smashing action, the game uses the same theme song from the TV show. As for voice acting, the plentiful enthusiastic super hero yells are encouraging through the action.

Gameplay:

Upon finishing the prologue, the game adds 6 campaigns for single player or co-operative story mode. Each of the campaign features a particular hero and a partner. While the featured hero is predetermined, the player has couple of choices for the partner. In single player game, the player can easily switch control between the two characters. As for the second character, another player can drop in or out at anytime. The multiplayer play often demands some real life team work between the players to keep the heroes’ quest going smoothly. If no friend is available, the game keeps the solo player accompanied with the AI controlled partner while doing a good job of attracting the attention of the baddies. Being a superhero game, the game maker did a great job of illustrating the specialties of each of the hero and villain through their unique move sets. Different moves will be executed depending on different combination of buttons, direction, and even flicking the remote controller. While there are many moves to try out, the game isn’t especially demanding of the player’s mental resources. The simple action allows for relaxing game play, and the game makers also understand the problem with extensive beat ‘em up action; so it is broken up between quick time events and platforming to keep the game engaging throughout.

Aside the story mode, Marvel Super Hero Squad also features a battle mode, in which the player may play against up to 3 other human or AI opponents. The highly customizable battle mode allow for time battle, score battle, as well as elimination battle; plus the various team setting will guarantee some senseless smashing fun between a few friends.

Innovation:

From a seasoned gamer’s point of view, this game borrowed many tried-and-true mechanics from other titles. But for the Wii version of this title, it utilizes the motion sensing ability for some combo attacks and quick time events. It also uses the aiming capability of the remote control to allow for better aiming while using the ranged attacks.

 

Longevity:

For the collectors, there are the microshards and collector tokens in the game. The microshards are hidden in breakable objects throughout the game, gather as many as possible in a stage to unlock a bonus battle arena. The rare collector token are not nearly as easy to locate, but finding all 6 of them will unlock a secret bonus hero.

 

Conclusion:

There’s no doubt that Marvel Super Hero Squad is intended for the younger audience; but its combination of lighthearted game play, straightforward multiplayer options, and superhero references makes it equally plausible for adults. This game can be especially fun playing with a group, whether they are younger family members or other comic fans.

 

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