A beat ‘em up with a speedy superhero twist. As Flash you can zip up to an enemy, give him a hearty punch, and zoom off to another target before he has time to retaliate. This is all done by tapping the “A” button. With good timing you can pinball off a crowd of bad guys and defeat them before they’re any the wiser. Of course some enemies in later levels can counterattack more quickly so it’s not all a cakewalk. When things get too hectic though pressing the left trigger will call on one of the other Justice League members to fly in and clear the screen with a heaping helping of whupass.
This is a really short game but I’m going to count that as a positive. Sometimes you need short bursts of simple fun to balance out the epic games you may also be playing. With an interesting array of progressively harder enemies, somewhat challenging bosses, and a couple of nifty attacks earned at the end of certain levels, The Flash is engaging and well paced.
There are several unlockable features that make it worth the investment too. Beating it on the default easy mode unlocks two more difficult settings. There’s also a Boss Rush, a “Making Of” mini-documentary, a race against Superman, and a way to read through the comic book style cut scenes from the story mode all at once.
Continuous hordes of enemies can feel a bit tedious as you blaze through Keystone City, Metropolis, Gotham City, and Themyscira. These foes occasionally hang out on either edge of the screen, completely out of view. This can be frustrating because Flash will lock on to an invisible target and take off in that direction. A couple of times this led to him becoming “stuck.” The screen action won’t scroll until all enemies in the vicinity are defeated so I actually had to turn off the game and restart levels when this happened.
The extra attacks, such as ground pound and whirlwind, are cool but completely unnecessary. I pretty much just tried them out before going back to the targeting system. It seems like the special attacks could have been put to better use by making them the only way to defeat certain enemies for example.
Justice League Heroes: The Flash is a short, fun game worth playing if you’re a fan of beat ‘em ups and superheroes. It does have replay value, but it’s more likely a younger audience that would find long lasting appeal.
Rating: 7 / 10