DC Super Hero Girls: Teen Power (Nintendo Switch) Review

By Luke Hemming 19.09.2021

Review for DC Super Hero Girls: Teen Power  on Nintendo Switch

When a DC title crosses the cubed desk, based on a TV series that has never been watched and seems to aim for a young person demographic rather than the grizzled, hardened comic book adults like all of you, it's hard to initially be excited. Surely, this should be passed by with little interest and not be seen as something to dedicate a large chunk of a reviewers life to. So why, after many, many hours, is DC Super Hero Girls: Teen Power still in the Switch? Well, it turns out that under the seemingly shallow surface, there's a lot of fun to be had, living the life of a Teen Titan - not those ones…

DC Super Hero Girls: Teen Power follows the lives of students-and-heroes as they go about their daily business attending lessons, dealing with bullies (who are secretly super-villains), and rebuilding a city using charity funding and events - you know, the usual stuff. For an adult it seems like a bizarre concept, but in a way, it works. Secret identity issues in comic books have always been a vital part of the superhero journey, and translating these to a school setting is a perfect, relatable jumping off point for young players starting to find their way in the world.

One of the principle mechanics involves pleasing fellow students and public alike through a social media app. Perhaps a comment on youth cultures obsession with the world of social media themselves? - it's not… probably. By roaming the areas available and completing various tasks such as photographing logos, helping local citizens, and rescuing animals, social media influence and popularity rises, allowing for progress and the all-important purchase of new gear and items. These accessories won't help in any way, but a lot are neat little references to the DC Universe.

Screenshot for DC Super Hero Girls: Teen Power  on Nintendo Switch

Speaking of references, for older players this is where the bulk of the enjoyment is likely to come from. Not once did it get old seeing 'Hal' comment on a well framed picture or 'Harleen' reply on how much it sucks. Its clear that developers at DC took a lot of time to fill DC Super Hero Girls: Teen Power with enough references to keep all parties entertained. The main characters themselves are all recognisable and popular enough to hold interest, regardless of some of the deeper cuts perhaps being lost.

There's a nice mix of heroes to play, all controlling differently as you'd expect from their characters. Batgirl favours the more athletic approach, leaping from building to building, while Supergirl flies around town firing deadly lasers from her eyes (only at Lex Luthor-approved robots of course). Difficulty is pitched low, although not low enough where there is no feeling of reward for a successful mission, even for your stereotypical comic book guy in his mid-30s. Objectives are also short and sweet, and aren't going to overwhelm younger players, as well being a refreshing change for the rest of us. Combat is basic and at times the flight mechanic seems to be utterly confusing when trying to look on and attack at the same time, but overall, it's satisfactory enough that its not going to get in the way of any enjoyment.

Screenshot for DC Super Hero Girls: Teen Power  on Nintendo Switch

Cubed3 Rating

7/10
Rated 7 out of 10

Very Good - Bronze Award

Rated 7 out of 10

Ultimately DC Super Hero Girls: Teen Power does exactly what it has set out to do, which is to create a fun, enjoyable experience for younger players. What is really surprising, however, is that adult players can also find so much enjoyment. All the basics are there, and are done to a good enough standard that if a DC fan, there are enough little nods and references to hold interest. If your children are just getting accustomed to the comic book/gaming genre, and as a parent struggle to find a suitable entrance point, this is the perfect start.

Developer

DC

Publisher

Nintendo

Genre

3D Platformer

Players

1

C3 Score

Rated $score out of 10  7/10

Reader Score

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