Batman: The Brave and the Bold Review
Wii | DS
Batman: The Brave and the Bold box art
System: DS, Wii Review Rating Legend
Dev: WayForward Technologies 1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid 4.0 - 4.4 = Great
Pub: Warner Bros. Interactive 2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
Release: Sept. 7, 2010 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 5.0 = The Best
Players: 1 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair
ESRB Rating: Everyone 10+ 3.5 - 3.9 = Good

The player can swap between Batman and his partner at any time by tapping the Nintendo DS Touch Screen, something you’ll have to do frequently throughout every level. Each stage has sections that only one character or the other can complete only Batman can climb across ceilings, while you might also need Red Tornado’s ability to freeze lava or Green Lantern’s power to create blocks to climb. Perform a long enough combo and you’ll earn a tag-team attack in which both characters attack together. They’re generally useless but can get you out of a few tight spots and are occasionally entertaining. I never thought I’d see Batman and Aquaman ride on the back of a whale together.

Batman: The Brave and the Bold screenshot

Some of the game’s stages are perfectly crafted for the heroic duo that star in the episode. For example, the Batman/Red Tornado level is a perfect match for the characters, no other pairing could possibly complete the challenge. Some of the other stages aren’t quite as well-matched to the stars, but, in general, what makes The Brave and the Bold shine is the expert craftsmanship of the stages. There’s a nice variety of experiences throughout the game, including some levels that are focused more on platforming than combat, others that feature more aggressive enemies, and even one brief vehicular segment. In the hands of a lesser developer, The Brave and the Bold could have felt like a series of carbon-copy stages with interchangeable characters. Thanks to WayForward, each stage has a personality that’s every bit as distinct as the heroes.

Perhaps because WayForward put so much care into every level, Batman: The Brave and the Bold is a surprisingly short game. The core game only takes a couple hours to finish, and the bevy of unlockable challenges only provide a few extra minutes of gameplay each. Still, every one of the levels can be replayed to find all the hidden collectibles and there are challenge stages for each character, stage, and set of bosses. There are also secret codes to unlock new costumes and a Wii/DS link feature that unlocks Bat-Mite as a playable character for the Wii version. Short length or not, that’s a lot of content for a DS game.

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Batman: The Brave and the Bold is the all-ages equivalent of Batman: Arkham Asylum. Where Arkham Asylum made Batman a legitimate gaming character for adults, The Brave and the Bold does the same for younger players. It may not be a ground-breaking Game of the Year contender like Batman’s last game, but it’s as solid of a portable side-scroller as I’ve played in a long time. The bright, friendly version of Batman may not be who I think of when I think of Batman, but for many kids out there, this is about as good as an introduction to the character as you could hope for.

By J. Matthew Zoss
CCC Freelance Writer

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
3.6
Graphics
The visuals are bright, colorful, and faithful to the cartoon, but a little lacking in detail, even by DS standards. Still, there’s nothing to complain about.
3.8
Control
Every single control input of the DS is used, including the shoulder buttons and Touch Screen. It may be a little complex for younger gamers at first, but once they get over the hump, they’ll find a surprisingly deep gameplay experience.
3.7
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
Every character has unique voice work dialogue. The voices are spot-on, but a few lines are repeated too often.
3.9

Play Value
It’s a short game that can be completely finished in a few hours, but the bundles of modes and extras will keep you coming back for more.

3.8
Overall Rating - Good
Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.

Game Features:

  • Superheroes team up: Play alongside your friends as Batman or one of his powerful allies, including Green Lantern and Robin, or call in the super powered help of superheroes like The Flash and Aquaman to flatten those dastardly villains.
  • Adventure Abroad: Jump, swing, and punch through wild worlds including Gotham City, Science Island, London, and the planet Oa.
  • It’s All About the Gadgets: Unlock awesome gadgets such as Batarangs, the Plasma Sword, flash grenades, and more to accomplish your missions and then extend the fun by replaying levels with your cool new tools.
  • THE MISSING LINK: Control Batman’s number-one fan, Bat-Mite, with Nintendo DS™ by linking the Nintendo DS™ version with the Wii™ version and have Bat-Mite wreak havoc or fight alongside the super heroes in all of the episodes of the Wii videogame!


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