Top 5 superhero games

Top 5 superhero gamesIt’s superhero mania at the moment. Everywhere you look there’s a superhero flying around, and there’s seemingly a new superhero movie release every other week.

Most recently we’ve been blessed with Iron Man 3, and I’ll be reviewing the game of the movie tomorrow. In the meantime, I’ve taken a virtual stroll through the Mobot review archives and pulled out my fav five superhero-based games.

As always, I’ve opted for no particular order. Oh, and definitely let me know if I’ve missed anything decent.

Er, and a brief disclaimer: just because they're the top 5 doesn't necessarily mean they're all great. Ahem.

Ready? It’s clobbering time!

Top 5 superhero gamesMarvel Avengers Initiative

I said: Avengers Initiative is essentially Infinity Blade in Marvel clothing, but not quite as polished. Absolutely worth a look if you’ve exhausted Infinity Blade, and/or if you’re a Marvel freak.

A fairly lukewarm summary, looking back, but Marvel Avengers Initiative is actually one of the few superhero games to get a full 5/5 on Mobot. It’s pretty freakin’ good.

Avengers Initiative initially featured the Hulk alone, but a recent update introduced the long-awaited Captain America chapter. Must check that out. And hurry up with the Iron Man stuff, you lazy bums yous.

Price: £4.99 @ App Store

Requirements: Compatible with iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPod touch (5th generation), iPad 2 Wi-Fi, iPad 2 Wi-Fi + 3G, iPad (3rd generation) and iPad Wi-Fi + 4G. Requires iOS 4.1 or later.

Top 5 superhero gamesBatman Arkham City Lockdown

I said: Arkham City Lockdown is Infinity Blade in Batman clothing, with lots on offer to please Bat-nerds. Like me.

Woah, it’s another superhero game that borrows unashamedly from Infinity Blade, but when the result is this good, we ain’t complainin’.

There’s lots to like about Batman Arkham City Lockdown, including the perk system, the gadgets, the nods to various graphic novels, character bios and even comics. Great stuff.

Price: £3.99 @ App Store

Requirements: Compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation), iPod touch (5th generation) and iPad. Requires iOS 4.0 or later.

Top 5 superhero gamesThe Amazing Spider-Man

I said: The Amazing Spider-Man is technically very impressive, but simply not suited to touch controls.

Er, that summary sounds fairly damning. I must’ve been in a bad mood. Indeed, the average 4.5/5 rating on the App Store confirms I might’ve been a tad harsh.

It’s been almost a year since I reviewed The Amazing Spider-Man, but I vaguely recall the web slinging being fantastic. Ah, here we go: “The very fact that The Amazing Spider-Man – set in a sandbox Manhattan – even runs on a smartphone/tablet is undeniably impressive. The web-slinging is (for the most part) sexily slick, and freefalling from the tops of buildings is really quite stunning.”

Perhaps a tad overambitious for touchscreens, The Amazing Spider-Man is nonetheless worth checking out if Spidey floats your boat.

Price: £4.99 @ App Store

Requirements: Compatible with iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPod touch (4th generation), iPod touch (5th generation), iPad 2 Wi-Fi, iPad 2 Wi-Fi + 3G, iPad (3rd generation), iPad Wi-Fi + 4G, iPad (4th generation), iPad Wi-Fi + Cellular (4th generation), iPad mini and iPad mini Wi-Fi + Cellular. Requires iOS 4.0 or later. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.

Top 5 superhero gamesThe Dark Knight Rises

I said: Like I say, not terrible, but not much fun. The Dark Knight Rises will certainly keep you busy, but not necessarily happy.

Another Gameloft game that didn’t quite tickle my fancy, though xbox-360-elite commented: “I enjoyed the game. Actually wanted it to be longer!”

Like The Amazing Spider-Man, The Dark Knight Rises is technically impressive, but – personally – I couldn’t get past the vague-at-best movie tie-in.

To be fair, my expectations were probably too high, having just spent a sickening amount of time with the excellent Batman: Arkham City on the Xbox 360, and having just seen the movie.

And again, an average 4/5 App Store rating suggests it’s not entirely terrible.

Price: £4.99 @ App Store

Requirements: Compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation), iPod touch (5th generation) and iPad. Requires iOS 4.3 or later. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.

Top 5 superhero gamesInjustice: Gods Among Us

I said: Injustice: Gods Among Us is one heck of a looker no doubt, but it’s undeniably shallow, and ultimately a little dull. Good for a quickie though.

Yeah, that’s probably about right, however, it’s worth checking out Injustice: Gods Among Us (if only for the technical wizardry) as it’s free to install.

Personally, I was expecting to be relentlessly consumed by Injustice: Gods Among Us, but – as a card collecting game – its depth comes nowhere near that of, say, Guardian Cross.

Still, download it, play it for a bit, check out the special moves and that. It looks great.

Price: free @ App Store

Requirements: Compatible with iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPod touch (4th generation), iPod touch (5th generation), iPad 2 Wi-Fi, iPad 2 Wi-Fi + 3G, iPad (3rd generation), iPad Wi-Fi + 4G, iPad (4th generation), iPad Wi-Fi + Cellular (4th generation), iPad mini and iPad mini Wi-Fi + Cellular. Requires iOS 5.0 or later. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.

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