If you were born in the 1990s, you were probably a big fan of all the great animated and live-action shows that were made for kids.
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When the Japanese action TV show Super Sentai came to the United States, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers became the latest craze among young viewers. The color-coded warriors defended the small town of Angel Grove by putting on their famous power suits and beating up the Putty Patrollers and other monsters sent by Rita Repulsa to destroy Earth. After 28 seasons, Power Rangers fans have seen a lot of different things. New characters, new suits, new Megazords, and a lot more have been added.
It’s not surprising that the Power Rangers IP has been used to make a lot of video games with different levels of quality. From the first Power Rangers game, which came out in 1994, to the much-anticipated team-based fighting game, which came out in 2019, we’re going to rank every Power Rangers game ever made. As a side note, there are a few Power Rangers mobile games that can no longer be played on our side of the pond or that are only available in the countries where they were first released.
‘Power Rangers Zeo vs. The Machine Empire’
Power Rangers Zeo got three games that were all about it. But to be honest, none of them are exactly bangers. This beat ’em up from the mid-1990s is a long way behind the home console games that most gamers still remember with fondness. Power Rangers Zeo vs. The Machine Empire is just a stiff and not very pretty game that doesn’t work in a genre that’s so easy to get right.
‘Power Rangers Zeo: Battle Racers’
We’re sure a lot of you missed this one because you were too busy playing Super Mario Kart, the best kart racing game on the SNES. Power Rangers Zeo: Battle Racers tried to copy what made that classic show so good, but it didn’t live up to expectations. Even though it’s kind of cool to be able to drive different kinds of cars on the track and shoot lasers at your opponents, the game itself isn’t that interesting to keep you playing for more than 10 minutes.
‘Power Rangers Zeo: Full Tilt Battle Pinball’
There are a lot of franchises that have both real and digital pinball tables. And, of course, there was one for the Power Rangers universe. But at best, it’s a below-average digital PlayStation experience. Power Rangers Zeo: Full Tilt Battle Pinball is fun at first, but it quickly loses its appeal because it is so boringly repetitive. The only good things we can say about this game are that some of the tables look nice and that you can fight all kinds of bad guys on those same tables.
‘Power Rangers Wild Force’
Power Rangers Wild Force is an isometric action game in which players take control of their favourite Ranger from that season. And as a licenced Game Boy Advance game, it doesn’t do much more than fill up the discount bins at Walmart. The four-player Battle Mode gives you a little bit of happiness, but that happiness goes away quickly as you and your unlucky friends try to enjoy it more.
‘Power Rangers: S.P.D.’
Power Rangers S.P.D. is easy to play because you just walk from left to right and beat up anything that gets in your way. This beat-em-up for the Game Boy Advance tries to add some interesting gameplay elements, like the fact that each Ranger has their own unique ability. Also, there are some decent racing levels that keep the whole thing interesting. This Power Rangers game for the GBA isn’t great by any means, but it’s also not as bad as you might think.
‘Power Rangers Ninja Storm’
Power Rangers Ninja Storm goes back to the simple beat-em-up style of side-scrolling games. And most of what is here is just okay. Six Ninja Storm Rangers are at your disposal, and you can use their weapons and special skills in battle across multiple stages. Plus, those huge Megazords come into play during boss fights at the end of each stage. It’s too bad that these boss fights are just lame quick-time events.
‘Power Rangers Lightspeed Rescue’
The formula for Power Rangers Lightspeed Rescue is different for the PlayStation, Nintendo 64, and Game Boy Color versions. The first one is a classic beat-em-up with a few platforming parts thrown in for good measure. The second version has a lot more run-and-gun sections and vehicle parts. And finally, the action in the third portable version, which is all about the Rangers, is done by moving from side to side. But none of these three games is anything to write home about. Surprisingly, the version for the Game Boy Color will bother you the least.
‘Power Rangers Time Force’
To be honest, none of the Power Rangers Time Force versions are all that interesting. The home console and handheld versions are very simple. You choose your favourite ranger and go through some mild platforming and action segments where you can punch and kick as much as you want. Zord battles are also a part of the game, which makes sense. Overall, though, you won’t be able to play any version of this game for more than 15 minutes. At least the versions for PlayStation and PC look okay.
‘Power Rangers Dino Thunder’
Power Rangers Dino Thunder’s versions for home consoles don’t have any Ranger action at all, which is a big surprise. In reality, you’ll be in charge of different Zords and have to complete many missions in open areas. Not being able to use your favourite Dino Thunder Ranger’s deadly punches and kicks is pretty disappointing. Here, the Zord action is as simple as it gets. If you want more traditional Power Rangers action, the Game Boy Advance version of this game is a much better choice.
‘Power Rangers Super Samurai’
The Xbox 360 Kinect doesn’t have a good track record when it comes to games that are worth playing again and again. This is also true of Power Rangers Super Samurai, which is sad. The idea behind this one is great: players use their whole bodies to act out the battle animations that happen onscreen for the Ranger they choose. But the way that idea is put into action just isn’t good enough. You’ll quickly leave this one after waving your arms around for a long time to do sword attacks and Zord activation moves. The motion-censored experience will probably be fun for the kids in your life, though.
Power Rangers: Super Legends (2007)
This PS2 game is different from the rest of the series.
In the other games, the story is more of an afterthought. This game, on the other hand, is driven by the story.
Several Power Rangers from different times must work together to find “time crystals” so that the Omega Ranger can be freed from the Hall of Legends, which is a place where all Power Ranger knowledge is stored from all times and places.
It’s a pretty boring single-plane beat-em-up, but fans will have a lot of fun unlocking famous rangers from each generation.