Superman HD Review – The Man of Steel in the palm of your hands

On November 22, 2011

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Superman HD Review – The Man of Steel in the palm of your hands

Our rating:

By: Chillingo

Version #: 1.0

Date Released: 2011-11-16

Developer: Chillingo

Price: 2.99

User Rating:

As a lifelong Superman fan, it didn’t take me long to purchase the Superman HD game for the iPad. As an experience, the game is decent but not great. As a note, a separate iPhone version exists as well for a buck.

I can only wonder if it’s partially inspired by the Batman Arkham games, Arkham Asylum and Arkham City. Obviously the Superman game doesn’t have anywhere near the complexity both in terms of graphics or storyline as the aforementioned, but it seems somewhat inspired. There are different tasks for the Man of Steel to perform and pieces of story between each task for Superman to perform (which is done in a comics panel format).

The graphics are decent for a 2D game. Game play is ridiculously simple as there are touchscreen buttons for flight, acceleration and offensive fighting (heat vision, super-breath or simple punching) as well as the direction in which the Man of Steel can fly or walk in. He even gets to fly into space! Settings are similarly simple with controls for volume and some ads for other material by the creators.

Of course, this game would be far more awesome as a 3D game with multiple tasks, villains and whatnot, but then it would also be more expensive. I still await Arkham Asylum as an iOS app.

I’m hoping that this release will lead to bigger and better things in terms of superhero gaming for your iDevice. For now this is a nice if not overwhelming game for your children at a low price, particularly if they like Superman.

Quick Take

Value:Medium to high.

Would I Buy Again:Yes, but I'm a Superman fan.

Learning Curve:Low.

Who Is It For:Kids or superhero-loving adults.

What I Like:Good concept and gameplay for a 2D game.

What I Don't Like:Would be nice to have a 3D version. Simplistic.

Final Statement:It's a Bird. It's a Plane. It's on your iPad.

Read the Developer's Notes:
Become Superman to save the city of Metropolis in an all-new adventure for iPhone and iPad! As the Man of Steel, only you can protect humanity with your incredible powers.

Saving the Earth is just another day for Superman, but this is most certainly not just another iOS game.

Soar across the Metropolis skyline and use all of Superman’s most iconic powers, including heat vision, super-breath, super-strength, and super-speed. When the threat is a little further from home, fly into outer space to stop meteors and falling satellites in their path.

The 18 levels of superpowered action offer a perfect playground for putting Superman’s abilities to the test. Save Metropolis from the villainous mastermind Lex Luthor and his army of thugs, mechs, choppers and even more menacing enemies.

Beat score challenges on each level to earn bronze, silver and gold achievements. Bronze is a piece of cake, but do you have the power to claim gold?

Original story and comic book panels give you the authentic Superman experience.

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