DC Super Hero Girls: Teen Power is a cute and fun comic book game that’s suitable for heroes of all ages!
There have been countless comic book titles over the past 10 years, from the fantastic Batman Arkham games to the couch co-op, Diablo-esque Marvel Ultimate Alliance series. However, there haven’t been many games that were simple and fun enough for younger comic book fans to simply pick up and have fun with. Whether you’re a comic reader, a fan of the DC Super Hero Girls TV series, or just love these characters, this game has something for everyone!
DC Super Hero Girls: Teen Power brings together a large variety of heroes and villains from the DC universe. If you’re not familiar with DC Super Hero Girls, it’s different to the comics, movies and the TV shows that came before it. Join Batgirl, Supergirl, Wonder Woman, Jessica Cruz Green Lantern, Zatana and many more, but not like you’ve gamed with them before – each character in this universe is a teenager, attending Metropolis High School and juggling crushes, classwork and crime.
Not surprisingly, the game takes place in this world, copying the animation style from the cartoon series, which pops perfectly on the Switch. The DC Super Hero Girls are called into action when robots start attacking the city, and all clues point towards Lex Luthor. It’s up to Batgirl, Wonder Woman and Supergirl to stop Luthor, save the city and keep their secret identities safe!
DC Super Hero Girls: Teen Power is a simple, fun, button-bash adventure title. Whichever of the three heroines you play as will determine their playstyle. Batgirl is quick, with fluid combo moves and the ability to dodge attacks quite easily. You play as her first, as you take down some small robots before a giant mech appears and Supergirl is required. As you’d expect, Supergirl can fly, has heat vision and can deal more damage – but she isn’t as nimble as Batgirl. Wonder Woman, meanwhile, is a bit of a mixture between Batgirl and Supergirl. She’s faster than Supergirl, but not as nimble as Batgirl. As Wonder Woman also has her sword and shield, she also has a larger reach with her attacks. The gameplay and combat mechanics are simple, yet fun enough for any player of any age/skill to simply pick up and play.
When playing any combat mission in DC Super Hero Girls: Teen Power a “get ready, go!” will appear on screen, a little similar to that of fighting or racing games. Any time that you’re learning new abilities such as flying, jumping or attacking, onscreen prompts will appear showing the full Joy-Con controller and advising you what button to press. For newer or younger gamers (or for anyone who hasn’t picked up their Switch in a little while), these prompts are useful and well placed onscreen. They also appear when there isn’t a lot going on at once, giving younger players plenty of time to grasp the controls. DC Super Hero Girls: Teen Power also has some small, but stepping stone RPG-like mechanics. When completing missions as Batgirl, Wonder Woman or Supergirl you’ll gain experience points, which can be spent levelling up your heroes.
When not suiting up and taking out enemy robots, giant toys, thugs or bosses, you can roam around small sandbox areas, purchasing clothes and changing Barbara (Batgirl), Kara (Supergirl) or Diana’s (Wonder Woman) outfits. You can customise your heroes’ casual clothes from their headwear right down to their shoes. DC Super Hero Girls: Teen Power also utilises the Switch’s motion controls when using the camera. At some moments you must take photos to continue in missions, and by holding up the Switch – or Joy-Cons – you can direct the camera.
“DC Super Hero Girls: Teen Power brings together a large variety of heroes and villains from the DC universe.”
On top of a simple and fun combat system and customisation options, all cutscenes in DC Super Hero Girls: Teen Power are scripted, with the voice actors from the cartoon show returning to voice their respective characters. Tara Strong voices Batgirl perfectly – as she always does.
One thing to note is that for some of the smaller side missions, DC Super Hero Girls: Teen Power doesn’t hold your hand like the core story does. For example, at the very start of the game you need to find a kitten that’s stolen an old lady’s purse. Being a small side mission, the dialogue isn’t voice-acted, and the game doesn’t help you find the troublesome kitty. For some younger gamers these missions could get a little frustrating.
DC Super Hero Girls: Teen Power is a great game for little heroes and works as a great stepping stone into gaming, providing basic – but fun – flashy combat, with graphics that feel right at home on the Nintendo Switch.
DC Super Hero Girls: Teen Power is available now on Switch.