Metascore
49

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 16
  2. Negative: 8 out of 16
  1. 58
    There are some serious downsides though, centered around a wonky camera (especially during two player co-op), some poor AI, and a general lack of hand-holding for younger players.
  2. This simple superhero game is a super bore.
  3. Repetitive, clunky and predictable, Marvel Super Hero Squad is a button-mashing mess.
  4. There's not much to this game, but what is there is done well enough. The younger audiences will have hours of fun with the pint-sized heroes.
  5. The truly unfortunate thing about Marvel Super Hero Squad is that it's halfway to being a really solid game for kids, but it never manages to make it over the hump.
  6. 58
    All that really matters here is if you like the idea of a very simple, kid-oriented brawler featuring cute versions of Marvel characters. The rest of the game falls in line adequately.
  7. A soulless advert for a crummy toyline. [Dec 2009, p.85]
  8. Unfortunately, Marvel Super Hero Squad has a boring single player mode, but it’s worth a try, if you are a Marvel fan and want to have a nice party game for your next get-together.
  9. By-the-book cartoon tie-in, which ticks every box on the list of obvious mistakes. Some of them twice.
  10. Yet another fair beat 'em up for the Wii that basically set for children - this time we're able to use some of the most popular characters of Marvel's licenses. Hulk, Iron Man or Wolverine are trying to do their best effort to success in the creation of a new franchise, but this time it isn't enough for experienced players.
  11. Bitten by a radioactive librarian, MSHS developed a superhuman ability to suck the life from the room. [Winter 2009, p.63]
  12. The developer for Marvel Super Hero Squad is Blue Tongue Entertainment, who masterminded the superb Wii title de Blob. That pedigree makes the failure of Super Hero Squad all the more disappointing.
  13. In the end Marvel Super Hero Squad sets out to do what it is supposed to, provide a mindless beat-em-up aimed at fans of the franchise.
  14. 45
    Super Hero Squad does a lot of the small things right, sacrificing some larger issues that should have been addressed. It is backwards game design in that regard since mechanics like combat and super powers needed to be adjusted along with fixing the camera trailing the heroes.
  15. Marvel Super Hero Squad’s popular source material, cute story, charming cut scenes, and fun personality will likely put the game into the hands of many young gamers and super hero fans. Most of those kids, however, will quickly tire of the game’s dreary gameplay, shoddy camera, unreliable controls and overall lack of depth and polish.
  16. In conclusion Marvel Super Hero Squad is a fun kid's game that doesn't try to rewrite the genre but creates an interesting attempt at another market which THQ should be thanked for because not all gamers are in their 20's and beyond. It's cute, it's fun and it's clobbering time!
User Score
6.8

Mixed or average reviews- based on 12 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 1 out of 1
  1. michaelg
    Oct 20, 2009
    1
    This game was highly anticipated by my son and I. We played for 2 hours and he turned to me and asked, "Daddy, why is this game so stupid?" I couldn't have put it better. A game aimed for the kids that is frustrating and filled with confusing levels and camera that feels like Stevie Wonder is operating it. 2 player co-op is unplayable! Don't buy this game. Full Review »