The DC Super Hero Girls franchise is already one loved by many, with a straight to DVD movie, Lego movies and a lively animated series. So when DC Super Hero Girls: Teen Power was announced, there were already some big boots to fill. The game is wild and energetic, with a multitude of fun mechanics and scenarios to dive into. The DC universe has once again been brought to life with an extremely fun game. Teen Power is currently exclusively available on Nintendo Switch, so when announced everyone had their fingers crossed that Nintendo would do it sweet justice. Luckily for them, they certainly did.
So what does DC Super Hero Girls: Teen Power really involve? Let’s fly over to Metropolis and find out.
DC Super Hero Girls: Teen Power is available on the Nintendo eShop for £49.99.
Story – A Superhero Supernarrative
With Metropolis and Gotham in peril due to robots taking over, our heroes are responsible for bringing peace back to the townsfolk. But there’s more to being an effective superhero than fighting crime all the time. The people of Metropolis need your help in other ways too. Fighting with three iconic DC characters, you must explore the cities and help anyone who needs it. Don’t expose your secret hero identity though. Jump, fly and dash into battle with Batgirl, Supergirl and Wonder Woman. Each hero has different powers, so utilise them when you need to. It’s for the greater good.
The story itself is classic. It’s hard to go wrong with partnering invasion of some sort and superheroes. But the story doesn’t really pull DC Super Hero Girls: Teen Power together. It is referenced throughout, sure, but when it comes down to it you will definitely spend more time running around helping the townsfolk do their daily business than you will getting hands on with a robot. The story is definitely there, but for once it’s not the sole reason to be playing this game.
Elements of the already existing franchise are introduced throughout, making it a familiar yet refreshing experience for already existing fans. But you don’t need any prior knowledge of the franchise in order to enjoy what it has to offer. As someone who went into this with practically no connection with DC Super Hero Girls, this is a game I haven’t stopped playing. I’ve even thought about watching the animated series after finding this game so charming, but maybe that’s a task for a different day. Right now, I’ve got robots to destroy.
Gameplay – Creating a Path of Destruction
DC Super Hero Girls offers an open world approach to exploring both Gotham and Metropolis. You can guide your character where you want, with minigames and battles littered around. This element definitely makes the game feel more relaxed, and there is certainly a lot to explore. The story follows the day to day lives of each protagonist, so there aren’t any massive things to conquer. Which, in a way, is a nice change to most games. Tasks vary in importance, like finding a lost item to fighting several ninjas at once.
There isn’t much of a skill level and you’re ready to face anything pretty much from the get go. Despite this playing into the relaxing nature of the game, it does feel a little lacklustre. Though taking it back to the target audience, this would definitely be a more suitable approach for a younger audience. As a kid, there was nothing worse than getting stuck on something and having to request the help of an older sibling. Luckily, DC Super Hero Girls: Teen Power is accessible for every age, and most certainly enjoyable also.
Although this game is initially targeted for young girls, I would definitely suggest it’s suitable for anyone and everyone. Causing chaos through both Gotham and Metropolis is entertaining for all ages. At first I was definitely skeptical but upon playing through the tutorial I realised this game is actually a wild ride. Teen Power is filled with heart, and it’s clear a lot of focus went into making this game audience appropriate.
The controls are fairly simple as well. As you progress through the game you pick up more skills and it talks you through how to use them pretty fast. When you first start out, there’s also a neat little tutorial which basically shows you how each hero works. It all ties in to the story and the robot invasion, so it definitely feels like part of the game rather than a standalone tutorial. You pick everything up very quickly, and don’t have to spend any time mastering combos for battle. It’s all right there from the get go, so you can get suited up and start saving the city from the second you begin.
Combat definitely deserves a special mention. For a game which seems so simple, it is very well done. Each character has a skill tree to chip away at, which unlocks different moves like Supergirl’s heat vision. The trio are pretty powerful in their default though. Controls are fairly simple with Y to attack and B to dodge. But you are able to string together pretty intricate combos finishing with an extremely powerful move.
During these encounters though, the three characters ‘suit up’ into their iconic gear. There are options to change their appearance throughout each city, if you can afford it, that is! You’re also given the option to post photos to an in-game social media platform. CPU’s interact and follow, just like real life. So make sure to be wearing your best at all times should you wish to snap a pic.
Audio and Graphics – every hero needs their soundtrack
The cast, Batgirl, Wonder Woman and Supergirl are all fully voiced by the existing cast. So the personalities and traits of the characters are successfully carried across in a fun loving way. The sound design within the game is excellent as well. Combat is accompanied by a comic book style soundboard, and accompanied with bright flashes of colour and slow motion. Sounds through the city mirror bustling, nervous excitement. It’s all cleverly thought out, and with an amazing cast of voices it all comes together. There aren’t any repetitive grating songs to put you off playing either. So you wont find yourself walking around singing any of the soundtrack.
The game definitely looks the part as well, with bright colours and fonts which just scream DC all over them. Everything runs smoothly, the graphics are fairly decent apart from the camera occasionally twitching out of place during fight scenes. Aside from this, the game runs impeccably and is very easy to control. Seen as nothing lags or glitches, it makes it feel more immersive and ready to play from the moment you pick it up.
There are animation elements which also help translate these personalities, like Supergirl’s hands-on approach to enemies, and Batgirls excited bouncing upon completing a task. Or the consistent reference to sweets and ice cream. It all neatly ties up into a little package of joy.
This game was reviewed on Nintendo Switch.