Marvel Heroes. DC Heroes. Playworld Heroes. One of those three franchises screams Superheroes for youngsters and as a clue I can tell you it’s not the ones you will find Batman or Thor. The big difference is Marvel and DC already have their established Superheroes, Playworld lets you create your own.
You remember when you were a kid and you pretended to be a superhero? You know that time when a cardboard box over your head was a mask. When a cut up cardboard box was your armour? And when your ray gun of supreme light was, well it was just some cut up cardboard? That’s Playworld Superheroes, well digitally at least.
You play a kid, so first off you create your costume and weapons using a combination of cardboard, scissors, crayons, yogurt pots and some sticky backed plastic. Once complete you will be ready to fight all sorts of villains and monsters. Or in this case the evil Golumites.
Combat is a simply tap on the enemy to shoot them unless they get too close and then you need to swipe in all directions to defeat them in hand to hand combat. Each defeated bad guy means gems for you to pick up by swiping from left to right to dart across the screen in the direction of the swipe. This directional swiping is also the way you avoid any of the Golumites firepower too.
It’s all very simple stuff but that’s the great thing about Playworld Superheroes. It’s simple enough for my kids to grab my phone and play the game and play it properly with real progression being seen as they defeat wave after wave of bad guys and adjust and create their own gadgets. However it’s also addictive enough for mum and dad to pick it up and give it a go for 5 to 10 minutes as well.
Equally pleasing to me is that, in an age of micro-transactions which allow you to progress further, Playworld Superheroes shuns this in favour of an upfront cost meaning that little fingers cannot accidentally press an ad and purchase £69.99 worth of in game credit like some other games.
Overall the gameplay, orchestral themed soundtrack and bright and colorful visual design means this will be a popular download with both kids and parents. Just don’t blame us if there are arguments over who gets to design the next gadget of defeat the next wave of Golumites
MLG Rating: 8/10 Format: iOS / Android Release Date: Out Now
Disclosure: Midlife Gamer were provided a copy of Playworld Superheores by the publisher for review purposes. The title was reviewed over the course of 3 days on a iPhone 6 Plus. For more information on what our scores mean, plus details of our reviews policy, click here.