As the title implies, Justice League Heroes: The Flash provides beat-'em-up gameplay that puts you in the shoes of the fastest man alive. To thwart Braniac's latest attempt at world domination, you'll have to run and fight your way through 12 pseudo-3D levels that are packed with killer mechanoids and tricky supervillains. Although it may sound like it's just another generic action romp, The Flash's game distinguishes itself by incorporating the character's abilities in imaginative ways. It also presents slicker graphics and audio than the typical licensed tie-in.
Use the dash ability to sucker punch an enemy.
WayForward Technologies, the game's developer, has put together a beat-'em-up game that is along the lines of such classics as Double Dragon or Streets of Rage. The only difference is that the combat and atmosphere are heavily influenced by the Justice League universe. The settings are Keystone City, Gotham City, the Amazon, and Metropolis. And each level is populated with its own collection of robots and henchmen that are ripped from the pages of DC comics. As you would in any game like this, you have to move through the levels and thrash the bad guys while paying attention to your health meter and your limited stock of lives. Tapping the attack button unleashes a chain of punches and kicks, and you can perform superhero attacks, such as a tornado lariat or ground pound, by inputting simple button combinations.
The real fun, though, kicks in when you make use of The Flash's trademark superpowers. By tapping the A button, you'll automatically dash toward the closest enemy and land a quick sucker punch. Pressing the right shoulder button activates a super-speed state, which causes enemies to move in slow motion and lets you get in multiple hits and send them flying before they so much as lift an arm or tentacle. Lastly, in a twist on the old smart bomb concept, you can tap the left shoulder button to summon some brief crowd control in the form of an appearance by Superman, Wonder Woman, Martian Manhunter, Black Canary, or Green Arrow. They'll fly into view, say something witty, then kill all of the nearby enemies with an outburst of superhero might. These super abilities are imaginative and useful. Although their use is somewhat limited by a meter and icon pickups, the game generally gives you plenty of chances to go wild with them.