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POSTED 8/9/10


BATMAN: THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD - THE VIDEOGAME

WB Games
Wii (also on DS)

Batman has more personas than Toni Collette in The United States of Tara. For this game, the Bat of choice is more the campy ’60s ‘NAH-NAH-NAH-NAH NAH-NAH-NAH-NAH’ type, but in animated Saturday morning guise. Those into the dark, broody Bat will just have to keep their legs crossed until Batman: Arkham City is unleashed.

Yep, this one’s aimed at kids, and there’s nothing wrong with that. Rather than being some hurried throwaway like children are often dealt, the town has really been gone to in doing the licence justice. We’re talking voice cast and animators from the actual animated series, delivering a product that’s more an interactive cartoon than just another beat ’em up.

That being said, this is a sideways-scrolling beat ’em up, but it’s an ace one. In single player you’re either Bat or sidekick (yeah, we’re gonna play Robin – the Milhouse of Gotham City!), in co-op you fight over who’s gonna be cool and who’s gonna be the whiny second fiddle. There are more combos than a KFC menu, but you’re eased into them and you can summon bat-help if your brain starts to bat-smoulder. Mercifully, controls are mostly waggle free.

Several chapters are presented like episodes of the show, and many classic bat-baddies appear (plus some we’d never heard of – ‘Catman’?). You can power up your bat-weapons using bat-bucks nabbed from killing bat-baddies, and various other DC characters (including our fave, Plastic Man) can be unlocked as occasional bat-helpers. The DS version can even hook in wirelessly.

This is great bat-stuff – although hardened gamers will find it easy-peasy. Still, we reckon we’ll sneak another quick play. After all, justice never takes a break, even for fast food.

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