LEGO Batman: DC Super Heroes Review
If you've played any of Traveller's Tales popular Lego titles, you should know what you're in for with Lego Batman: DC Super Heroes. There's gentle combat, plenty of puzzle-solving, and tons and tons of collectible Lego studs.
Despite the title, Lego Batman: DC Super Heroes primarily focuses on Batman and Superman as they team up to take down the villainous tag-team of The Joker and Lex Luthor. Unlike the Lego games before it, this installment is fully voice-acted, meaning you'll get far more than the generic grunts and gestures found in previous titles. It also makes full use of the iconic Batman and Superman movie scores by Danny Elfman and John Williams, respectively, which is an exciting touch.
Players can customize controls to their liking, choosing either a virtual control stick + buttons combination or a more traditional swipe/tap based iOS scheme. Either layout can feel a little clunky at times, but given Lego Batman's extremely generous nature, slightly fumbly controls don't impact you that much.
There are a ludicrous amount of things to see and do in this portable Gotham City. Secrets lie around every corner, and scores of unlockables await diligent players. Gold Bricks are the most important type of currency to be found in-game; but, unlike most iOS titles, you find plenty of these while playing rather than being ham-handedly forced into purchasing them. Those with more money than patience can still purchase gold bricks to quickly unlock their favorite heroes and heroines, but it's not strictly necessary -- which is really refreshing. During the initial loading screens there's also a large warning that the game features in-app purchases, which is a rarely seen, thoughtful little addition.
All of the classic DC Heroes are out in full-force in Lego Batman, with characters like Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, Cyborg, The Flash, and Zatanna all stopping by, just to name a few. Their powers are represented in creative ways, such as Superman using his ice breath to freeze flowing waterfalls, or Green Lantern's power ring being used to interact with green objects. Batman and Robin are no slouch in the ability department, either. You'll spend much of the game as the Dynamic Duo, but since they have several alternate costumes, each with its own uses and powers, you won't mind as much.
The levels can feel quite lengthy, clocking in at half an hour or more, which can make gaming on the go tough. And, while this iOS port does look nice, if compared to its big brother on consoles Lego Batman starts to look a little rough. Locations have been shrunk down, and there's a general feeling of claustrophobia that isn't present on consoles. Also, while the game itself may not feel huge, its file size sure is. At almost a gig and a half of required space, you may have to delete some choice pictures and programs to make room for this hulking Bane of a game.
Superhero fans young and old will get a kick out of Lego Batman: DC Super Heroes -- its clever, yet simple puzzles, scores of gadgets and unlockables, and easygoing combat make for low-stress, high fun times for gamers of any age. The different stages vary up game play mechanics and locales enough to keep you entertained at length, and though Lego Batman 2's console cousins may be prettier and beefier, this iOS port's reduced price and increased portability make it a good choice for those looking to defend Gotham City on the go.