Life Is Strange

Game review by Michael Lafferty, Common Sense Media
Life Is Strange Poster Image

Common Sense says

age 16+

Adventure focuses on power, consequences of second chances.

Parents say

age 15+

Based on 38 reviews

Kids say

age 13+

Based on 82 reviews

Did we miss something on diversity?

Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.

A Lot or a Little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Community Reviews

age 18+

Opinion from a older adult

This is a great story. It has mystery, suspense, and everything a story about a serial killer should have. I was confused at first if this was based at a University campus, or a private high school campus. With all the sex, drugs, and violence I was just confused at first. The conclusion is, that it is at a private high school. Most of my friends are grandparents and do not play video games so when I am asked what age video games are appropriate for it would be entirely up to whoever I am talking with. I would think young people 18+, perhaps kids younger who are mature for their age? Though I ran into grade school kids when I played GTA (grand theft auto), so my opinion might be conservative. Parents concerned should play the first episode themselves, or some of it. Look on the internet for whatever video game and "gameplay", after. Watch someone play the game? I thought it was a great game, but again I am an older adult.
age 11+


Amazing game but… 1: a ton of swearing. 2: not the best influence 3: Totally depends on your kid. If your kids cant handle swearing death etc no way dude. My kids are totally fine with it and they are 12 and 14. BUT there is some educational value. Like why you shouldn't do drugs and showing what abuse can be like and shows they can be going through something. Shows the harsh reality of the world and I think kids need to figure that out.

This title has:

Educational value
Easy to play/use
Too much swearing

Game Details

Our Editors Recommend

Themes & Topics

Browse titles with similar subject matter.

  • Cartoon picture of luggage and a map
    See all
  • Cartoon picture of a high school letterman's jacket
    High School
    See all

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate