Sure, you can't silently take a henchman down from a dark corner in The Brave and the Bold, but conversely, I don't recall Arkham Asylum allowing you to team up with Green Lantern Guy Gardner to drop hard-light anvils on the Weather Wizard.
Developer WayForward has perfectly emulated both the style and structure of the Brave and the Bold TV series, in which a campy, Adam West-inspired Batman teams up with a different DC Comics hero each week. The look is absolutely faithful to the cartoon, with hand-drawn sprites, animated cutscenes, and even full-frame animation of Batman or another hero performing a finishing blow. Basically, it finally delivers on the Dragon's Lair promise of a playable cartoon.
The game is a co-op, side-scrolling brawler, with each player taking control of Batman, Robin or one of DC's finest, all of whom have their own special abilities in addition to a standard (but expansive) array of punching and kicking combos. Guy Gardner, for example, can trap enemies in a green cage, drop the aforementioned weight, and more power-ring-based tricks, while Batman has access to his Batarangs, a stun gun, and other gadgetry. Robin's special attacks are based around the use of a staff.
For a kid-friendly game, this has some serious brawling options. You can string combos together, grab and throw enemies, use special attacks, and even call in a support character like in Marvel vs. Capcom to perform a special move. These characters are also drawn from DC Comics, and include heroes like Booster Gold and even another Green Lantern, Hal Jordan.
However, as a kid-friendly game, it did seem a bit easy. The huge variety of moves made short work of the useless thugs, and even three of Flash's Rogues at once. It could be because I was playing in early levels, or because I was playing in co-op. In either case, I kind of didn't care. I was having too much fun playing this delightful brawler. WayForward knows its WayAround 2D action, and based on the few levels I played, this is another great entry in the genre from the developer.
- Key specs
- Reviews • 330
- Game format Optical disc, Downloadable
- Online features Multiplayer, Voice chat, Store, Browser
- Drive capacity 512 MB
- Controller type Wired, Wireless
- Motion controls Accelerometer, Camera / optical
- Video outputs Component, RCA / composite, S-Video
- Weight 2.65 lb
- Released 2006-11-19