App review by
Christopher Healy, Common Sense Media
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Multiplayer first-person shooter would earn an "M" rating.

Parents say

age 15+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 5 reviews

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Ease of Play

In a way, the difficulty is determined by the random opponents you face. The controls are well-designed, though. And shooting is made easier by the lack of a trigger button -- your weapon will fire automatically any time you focus your crosshair on an enemy.


Archetype is a Halo-style first-person shooter game built entirely around deathmatch-style play. Two teams of players assault each other in a maze-like arena to see which can accumulate more total kills. Players kill one another with machine guns, shotgun, grenades, and melee weapons such as axes. Blood is frequently seen in splatters on walls and floors and in stains on weapon blades.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Archetype is a violence-driven first-person shooter game in the vein of Halo. It is centered around team deathmatches (two teams of up to four players each chase each other around a maze and kill one another over and over until time runs out), and both your teammates and your opponents will be random strangers. Other players can only see your screenname, though. The game is full of both gun-based and melee-combat, and frequently shows the spilling of blood.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 11 and 13-year-old Written bySokrr November 14, 2010

For older kids, maybe?

First of all, it is in no way as bad as Halo or *shudder* Gears of War..the graphics aren't as good, so not as realistic. However, there is blood.
Secondly... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byThink it through 220 December 30, 2011

It's not that bad

Not a bad game, think of it this way. If you would let your child play Halo, then he or she should be aloud to play this game. If he or she would like it i cann... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byDrayoc December 16, 2011

Fun game!

Bit of an overreaction common sense. The game isn't that bloody at all. The entire point of the game is to attack the other team. There are misty puffs of... Continue reading

Is it any good?

ARCHETYPE has an incredibly sleek and polished look. The controls work very well for a first-person game. And there's a thrill to the tense immediacy of the deathmatch-style action. Fans of Halo, Gears of War, and other similar first-person shooters should revel in the massive bang-for-your-buck they'll get in this $3 app. Archetype is not, in any way, a game for kids, though. Were it a console game, it would easily have earned an "M" (mature) rating.

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
  • Price: $2.99
  • Release date: July 6, 2010
  • Category: Action Games
  • Size: 64.40 MB
  • Publisher: Villain
  • Version: 1.0.5
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 3.0 or later
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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