Unlike my last review of the Golf-X-Cube, I actually have a lot of experience playing LEGO-oriented video games. In fact, I have everyone that they have made since the first LEGO Star Wars, and I love them a lot, even though they have changed very little since their conception. For those that are not familiar with them, the LEGO games are usually tied in with a popular franchise, and this one is the Marvel Universe.
In LEGO games, you play a character that goes through levels that take place in a LEGO-oriented universe. Most of the worlds are not completely made of LEGO, but some objects can be destroyed to get studs, the money in this game. Some of the LEGO objects can be re-assembled into other objects to help you advance in the level. In addition to beating the levels, you can then use the “Free Play” option to go through the level again to find hidden objects that you could not have found earlier. In some cases, you actually could not have found the hidden objects the first time, because it requires characters with special abilities.
It is difficult to talk about this game without mentioning LEGO Batman 2: DC Heroes. In that game, you had to go through missions as Batman and some other DC comics character. I like Marvel Super Heroes as it is not centered around one particular Marvel character, like LEGO Batman 2 was. (However, Wolverine and Spider-man show up a lot.) The Marvel Universe is quite extensive, and I have seen eight levels that are as diverse as Times Square, Asgard, and the X-men Mansion. LEGO Batman 2 was never this expanded, and I admire Marvel Super Heroes for creating a world you can explore that is a somewhat realistic depiction of New York City with other fictional landmarks like the Baxter Building, Stark Tower, and the X-men Mansion.
Remember how I said that there are bonus things you have to find? In this case, there is the Stan Lee. Yes, that Marvel comics founder who appears in cameo in almost all Marvel films, and you have to find.
In short, I recommend the game for sheer fun alone. It isn’t adult-oriented by any stretch of the imagination, and the puzzles are pretty easy to solve. It is available for many platforms, and I loved it on the PS3.