Marvel Super Hero Squad: The Infinity Gauntlet Wii
Published by: THQ
Developed by: Griptonite Games
In recent years a fair few comic book heroes have adopted a grittier, dysfunctional and generally more adult themed persona. Marvel Super Hero Squad: The Infinity Gauntlet takes the looks of the super heroes in the opposite direction and makes them look as child friendly as possible which is no surprise seeing as the game is based on the cartoon The Super Hero Squad. If you haven't seen the cartoon the light-heartedness of the characters and the cheesiness of the dialogue might come as a bit of a shock.
The game's Story Mode begins with Iron Man and The Incredible Hulk visiting their local store to pick up a birthday present for Thor. Unfortunately for them, there's been a mix-up and the boots that were intended for Thor have been taken by Super-Skrull, one of Thanos' minions. Iron Man and Hulk follow him to reclaim the boots and learn that Thanos has possession of one of the Infinity Stones. Essentially the story is concerned with The Super Hero Squad preventing villains such as Thanos, Dr. Doom, Nebula and Loki from obtaining the Infinity Stones which are required to power the Infinity Gauntlet.
The game is a fairly standard action adventure game with lots of enemies to bash, some easy puzzles to solve and stone fragments to collect. The game plays out over six chapters and in each chapter up to two players can play co-operatively (the AI fills in if you're playing solo). The game is actually fairly short and the gameplay is all pretty standard stuff however and there's nothing which you won't have seen before if you've played other action adventure games. The generous collection of Marvel characters that are on offer such as Black Widow, She-Hulk, Wolverine, Falcon, Scarlet Witch and Spider-man (who all have their own melee, special, jump and heroic attacks) will certainly impress Marvel enthusiasts but it's a shame that the game isn't more compelling.
Once you've completed a chapter you can return to it and replay with any of the characters that are available to you. In addition to this there is also a Challenge Mode. The Challenge Mode offers up to four players to take part in various challenges which include: Survival, Blast-a-thon, Super Smash, Iron Man Robo Racing and Hack Attack. These are all elements that have been taken from the main game and they seem pretty pointless when isolated like this. The Iron Man Robo Racing has you driving an unbelievably small vehicle around a circuit. It's not only really dull but vehicle is so small that it's difficulty to keep track of.
The game's presentation has been kept simple. The graphics are rather dated with a level of quality reminiscent of the early GameCube titles. The game uses the Wii remote and nunchuk attachment and for all intents and purposes the control works well. You have no control over the camera angles and for the most part the camera is fine but there are times when you wish you could alter it a little.
The Infinity Gauntlet is subtitled, although they are disabled by default. You can enable them prior to starting the game however. The main dialogue in the game is subtitled but the banter between the characters you're controlling isn't subtitled, which is a shame because some of it is actually quite humorous. The voice overs in the Challenge mode are also not subtitled. The speech on the loading screens isn't subtitled. The subtitles are displayed in large bold text which makes them easy to see at all times. One problem with the subtitles however is that the names of the speaker is not displayed next to the dialogue and there are times when it's difficult to figure out who is saying what. Tutorial messages are displayed in text and basic objectives are displayed in text. Whilst there are some regrettable omissions then, for the most part deaf gamers shouldn't have any problems with the game.
I think it's worth noting that Marvel Super Hero Squad: The Infinity Gauntlet is a game that's specifically aimed at fans of The Super Hero Squad and not Marvel fans in general. Those who aren't familiar with the cartoon on which this is based will be in for a shock on the interpretation of the Marvel heroes that's given here. In regards to the gameplay, there's nothing special here and it's all pretty basic stuff which will be fine if you're a fan of The Super Hero Squad cartoon but otherwise will be of little interest.