By Christopher Healy,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Multiplayer first-person shooter would earn an "M" rating.
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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.
Violence & Scariness
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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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.
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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.
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
- Release date: July 6, 2010
- Category: Action Games
- Publisher: Villain
- Version: 1.0.5
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 3.0 or later
- Last updated: August 23, 2016
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