Review: Super Hero Squad: The Infinity Gauntlet
Posted 23 Jan 2011 at 23:24 by Dean Jones
|"Punching the lights out of mindless enemies is the best thing about the game.|
Marvel Super Hero Squad is a series designed for kids who are too young to watch normal super hero cartoons. It features a super-deformed art style (you may know it as "chibi"). The Infinity Gauntlet is the second video game based on the series, released to coincide with the second season of the show.
At heart, The Infinity Gauntlet wants to be a simple two-player co-op beat-em-up. Using the Wii Remote and Nunchuck, A jumps and C blocks while B does a short attack and Z performs a long-range attack. Shaking the Wii Remote at the correct time will perform a special attack, but it's hard to predict when this correct time is. If you're going it alone then the - (minus) button will swap between the two characters.
Combat is rarely a challenge, with almost non-existent enemy AI and players get up within a few seconds if their health bar gets emptied - the only way to die is if both players lose all their health at the exact same time. Furthermore, unlike other infinite-life games, you don't lose any collectables when you get knocked out so there is no reward for being careful. There are a few situations where you have to defend objects, and this can be frustratingly hard on your own when you partner's AI doesn't really do much but stand still and hit the enemies near them. With this said, punching the lights out of mindless enemies is the best thing about the game.
The Infinity Gauntlet tries it hand a simple puzzle and platforming sections. These are both mind-numbingly dull and serve to do nothing more but to pad out the game. There are also secret areas that can be accessed by re-playing levels as different characters, but it's unlikely that even the youngest of players will want to search for them.
The plot is very much in line with the show. While preparing things for Thor's birthday, the Super Hero Squad bump into Dr. Doom and discover his plan on finding the Infinity Stones and placing them into the Infinity Gauntlet in order to become all-powerful. The Super Hero Squad must find the stones before Dr. Doom. Like the show, the characters are voices by some well-known actors, including Jim Cummings, Tom Kenny, Maurice LaMarche and Jane Lynch. Dialogue is essentially 100% terrible puns said in annoyingly-over the top voices that young kids should enjoy.
Graphically, The Infinity Gauntlet is very basic and yet it still has lots of slowdown when more than six enemies are on-screen at once. Not helping matters is the camera in co-op - it only tracks player 1 so player 2 has to work in order to stay within the view of the camera.
The Infinity Gauntlet tries really hard to be a LEGO game but fails on the two most fundamental aspects: charm and fun. With quite an abundance of LEGO games available on the Wii, it brings us to the (rather obvious) conclusion that this game should only be bought for young gamers who are massive fans of the show.
N-Europe Final Verdict
A clone of recent LEGO games with nothing that made them good.
Good voice cast
Entertaining for fans of the show