Superman HD is a superhero arcade game released by Chillingo Ltd.
“Become Superman to save the city of Metropolis in an all-new adventure for iPhone and iPad! As the Man of Steel, only you can protect humanity with your incredible powers.”
About a year ago Chillingo released “The Hero HD” which was very similar to the Superman game, just lacking the license. Now they have the license and using the lessons learned from Hero HD have made a very good job at making a good Superman game.
The game is basically a mission based game. You have to help protect the city for Lex Luthor being doing a series of waves to move onto the next stage. You will find yourself flighting Lex’s police, putting out fires, catching robbers and knocking missiles out of the air.
As you would expect Superman is able to fly, do a charge attack (double speed flight) and hit things with his laser eyes, as we as the standard punching when he has landed (which will not be often.) Arrows will appear around Superman guiding you to your next target or objective.
The game offers 18 stages made over of several waves each, so it should take a while to complete.
There are three control methods (Touch, D-Pad and Tilt) to select from, so if you find one is not working for you, you can switch to another.
I feel like I have played this superman game before somewhere, but after doing some research I still cannot be sure if the engine has been borrowed for another classic Superman game.
The graphics are well done with comic book artwork for cut scenes and then a nice Superman character. The city graphics are a bit basic. The sound and music are recorded fairly quietly, I could hardly hear them on the iPad with volume in both game and iPad at maximum.
On the upside:
- A well designed game with excellent gameplay.
- Fast and fun game.
- You are rewarded by unlocking comic book items as you progress.
On the downside:
- The game does get a little repetitive, after a while.
- Some of the waves are a little too long with a mistake on the last section meaning doing the whole level again.
- Sound needs to be raised in volume.
- Memory hungry so will crash on iPad 1 unless reset.
- Not Universal (iPhone version can be purchased for 69p)
Overall, this is a very good game. It is very playable and will keep you coming back over time. Some of the tasks get repetitive, but the game does try and mix up the action so it is not always repeating the same things. The sound needs fixing and a few tweaks in gameplay would be nice, but generally an excellent game which is worth a look, especially if you are a fan of superman
Size: 54.3 MB
Price (at time of review): £1.99