Batman: The Brave and The Bold
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Game Reviewed: Batman: The Brave and The Bold
Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive
Developer: WayForward Technologies
Platform: Wii (also on the DS)
Category: Action (1 or 2 player)
ESRB Rating: E10+
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Batman: The Brave and The Bold is based off of the cartoon of the same name. In part, due to the last couple of Batman films, it seems that lately most Batman related things have been dark and mysterious. Well, in the vein of the old Batman televisions show, this game is more light and funny. It even boarders on cheesy… Ok, it is very cheesy, with “POW” and “BAM” a plenty.
The game is a fancy side-scrolling platformer in which the player can walk, jump and beat enemies up. The story is broken down into four “chapters” and they are chalk full of the characters found on the show. The controls are easy, and the game can sometimes toe the line of repetitive. There are some fun moments, however, especially when played in two player co-op. One person gets to be Batman, and the other Robin, while occasionally calling upon other super heroes to help with large crowds of enemies. The one element of this game that I found to be really enjoyable is the upgrading system. The more enemies you defeat, the more points you get; you can then use these points to upgrade and purchase new weapons for you and your helpers.
What Parents Should Know
There is an expected level of fighting, like the good old Adam West days. There is no blood.
There is some mild bathroom humor. Also the phrase “kick some butt” is used.
There is no sexual content, except for some brief comments from Robin about how Batman has feelings for Catwoman.
I did not come across any spiritual content.
For me, this game was a little monotonous. One can easily go through the whole game pressing only two buttons and moving in two directions. It requires absolutely no thought, and I cannot see anyone really enjoying this game unless they are a big fan of the cartoon. If you are looking for a Batman game for your child, however, and you want to find something a little more lighthearted, then Batman: The Brave and The Bold may be just what you are looking for.