Multiplayer first-person shooter would earn an "M" rating.

What parents need to know

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.

Not applicable
Not applicable
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

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.

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
Release date:July 6, 2010
Category:Action Games
Size:64.40 MB
Minimum software requirements:iOS 3.0 or later

This review of Archetype was written by

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


Our star rating assesses the media's overall quality.

Find out more

Learning ratings

  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

Find out more

About our buy links

When you use our links to make a purchase, Common Sense Media earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes. As a nonprofit organization, these funds help us continue providing independent, ad-free services for educators, families, and kids while the price you pay remains the same. Thank you for your support.
Read more

See more about how we rate and review.

About Our Rating System

The age displayed for each title is the minimum one for which it's developmentally appropriate. We recently updated all of our reviews to show only this age, rather than the multi-color "slider." Get more information about our ratings.

Great handpicked alternatives

Top advice and articles

What parents and kids say

See all user reviews

Share your thoughts with other parents and kids Write a user review

A safe community is important to us. Please observe our guidelines

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 "pinkish" blood and very briefly is shown on the floor or walls. (Blood can be turned off) Characters immediatly disappear after being killed. Overall I think this game is appropriate for 14 and up.
What other families should know
Too much violence
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, it is only 99 cents, and another 99 cents for a Capture the Flag mode...
What other families should know
Too much violence
Teen, 14 years old Written byiBanih December 9, 2011


There is a setting to turn blood off, which makes it a whole lot less gory. It is quite violent but nothing different to other first person shooter games. Very easy controls and a whole lot of fun. The description say $2.99 but I paid $0.99 for it and got all the features?
What other families should know
Too much violence


Did our review help you make an informed decision about this product?
Thanks – we appreciate your feedback!

Star Wars Guide