Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes
OS X 10.6.8 or later
Age Rating: 9+
Mac gamers waited quite a while for Batman: Arkham Asylum, and the excellent Batman: Arkham City seems to be coming to the Mac soon, but about a year after it was released on the PC.
In the meantime, younger bat-fans and their parents can while away a few rainy afternoons with Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes, the sequel to Lego Batman.
The Lego series of games has been very successful, so the developers haven’t tried to change the winning formula.
Most of the time you play as either Batman or Robin, as the dynamic duo take on the combined forces of The Joker and Lex Luthor.
The action is simple but enjoyable, mostly consisting of your character running and jumping, and you constantly hitting the Action button in order to thump the hordes of hired henchman.
Fortunately, the levels are varied and entertaining, with puzzles thrown in to make you stop and think. Lego Batman 2 also brings along a few of Batman’s Justice League pals, including Superman, Green Lantern and Wonder Woman.
Much of the fun lies in switching characters and using each one’s powers to solve problems.
A two-player option allows a friend to fight by your side. However, this only works if the other person is physically there with you; there’s no online mode that allows you to play with someone else over the internet.
The game works best with a USB gamepad – some actions are awkward when using a keyboard and mouse.
It’s also a bit annoying that the game’s artificial intelligence is lacking when you’re playing on your own. If you’re playing as Batman, your sidekick just follows along aimlessly without taking part in the action.
Macworld Australia‘s buying advice.
Lego Batman 2 isn’t a particularly ambitious sequel, and it’s a shame that long-standing flaws such as the poor AI haven’t been improved. However, the new characters add to the fun, and Lego Batman 2 is slick and enjoyable enough to keep younger gamers battling away for hours.