Marvel Super Hero Squad: The Infinity Gauntlet has been incredible; it has been a game that me and the boys have fallen in love with. The game is geared towards kids, but this adult still had a blast with it. We started to keep our eyes on this game early in development, and we made sure to check it out during our trip to NYCC this year. What I saw made me salivate even more to play a game with the boys that also included Marvel characters.
Let me set some background here for you. I love Marvel, but I am not a Marvel scholar by any stretch of the imagination. My boys also love Marvel, and I thought this would be a great game to play with them together even based on the rating. Well, it worked out perfectly, because what has happened is that my boys have played together, and when the game got a little harder than the 5- and 7-year-olds could handle, Daddy was brought in to help. Sometimes it even took me a little bit to get through one of the challenges, but it was never frustrating once I got involved, and one can sense accomplishment on getting past a certain challenge. Some of the games out there cater so much to children not being frustrated that there is no accomplishment, and you might as well just be watching a movie. Now, I think my boys might have had some frustration if I was not around due to their ages, but I think that is why the game gets the E10+ rating.
The game really is about teamwork, and it almost forces it on you, but in the same way that being forced to eat dessert is not a bad thing. I actually liked how it allowed my two boys to work together to solve the puzzles and help each other out. There is almost no way that you can just solo the challenges, plus certain skills from each teammate are usually needed to complete each challenge. Thank you, THQ, for helping to drive home a lesson I give my boys: working together is a good thing. The challenges are cool, and I felt that fit into the story well; my favorite, though, was the one with Hercules.
I enjoyed the graphics; they were pretty consistent with what I would have expected from the Wii based on watching the cartoon. The voice work is top notch, and we all found the dialogue a bit funny, even silly funny at times. There was not anything I felt like I needed to earmuff my kids for, which is always nice. The Wii controls worked out better than I thought for the game, but the combo of the two Wii controllers is still probably not my favorite for games like this.
If you have a Marvel fan in the house or your kids like cooperative games (or you want them to) Marvel Super Hero Squad: The Infinity Gauntlet is for you. I really have enjoyed my time with the game so far, and it looks as there are some unlockables we still need to find, as well.
Marvel Super Hero Squad: The Infinity Gauntlet continues the excitement of the original Marvel Super Hero Squad with an all-new storyline that follows Season 2 of the Cartoon Network hit animated TV series. Players can “Hero Up” with friends in cooperative play and master the unique Factor Power of each of the Marvel heroes in three game modes: Story Mode, Freeplay Mode and Challenge Mode. The game also boasts a brand new puzzle component, in which players utilize the characters’ unique abilities to move or destroy objects; traverse through certain environments; and summon their unique strengths to overcome obstacles. With new adventures, tricky puzzles, an expanded selection of Marvel Super Hero Squad members to unlock and play, Marvel Super Hero Squad: The Infinity Gauntlet is set to thrill gamers from here to Super Hero City.
Massive Power, Little Packages – Follow the Squad as they clash with a large cast of evil villains in the cartoon style of the TV show.
Brains, Brawn, Bravery – Solve puzzles and be a part of the adventure by tapping into your heroes abilities and super powers.
Drop-in, Drop-out – Experience the heroic story with a friend in Story mode or join the fun with up to three friends in Challenge mode.
Factor Powers – Overcome obstacles and unleash devastating heroic attacks by using each hero’s specific factor power.
Captivating Combat – Perform hero specific attack moves and gain Hero Power by defeating enemies, smashing destroyable objects and solving puzzle elements.
Premier Voice Talent – Experience voices of the entire cast of the cartoon series, such as Tom Kenny (as Iron Man, Captain America and M.O.D.O.K) and Charlie Adler (as Doctor Doom).
Note: Marvel Super Hero Squad: The Infinity Gauntlet provided for review from THQ