A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Ease of Play
Like many app shooters, the game's interface is not especially responsive, which is problematic, given the game's fast pace. Battles can quickly be lost as you struggle to find and aim at your enemy.
Violence & Scariness
Plenty of shooting, gore, and blood, including the option to kill mutated little girls. You can use regular weapons including shotguns, machine guns, grenades, and crossbows, as well as special powers, thanks to Plasmids, including incineration, insect swarm, ice blast, lightning strike, and more. Some of the puzzle solving is about how to kill your enemy, such as giving enemies a fatal electric shock by using your lightning-strike power on water on which they're standing.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
The game contains a strip club that's advertised throughout various levels. There is no sexual activity, but at one point you will see the ghost of a brutally murdered stripper lying on a bed.
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Examples include "f--k," "s--t," "goddammit," "hell," "bastard," "son of a bitch," and "piss."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
You can drink alcohol in the game, which affects your vision and performance, as well as shoot up with a needle to obtain special powers. There also are advertisements for smoking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Bioshock is the app adaptation of the extremely popular console game. It's loaded with graphic violence and gore, foul language, and the controversial option to harvest "Little Sisters," mutated 10-year-old girls who extract a coveted fluid called "Adam" from dead people. The moral dilemmas of the original game are intact. In fact, this is a complete port of the original, with no material left out, though the graphics are of a much lower quality. It is absolutely a game designed for adults, not children.
Is It Any Good?
There's really no question as to whether BIOSHOCK is a great game. It is. The 2007 original set a new standard for action games. The question is: Can the game survive the transition to mobile? The answer, unfortunately, is not especially well.
Although the game still poses wonderful moral tests and tells an absolutely captivating story, it does so with a significantly reduced graphical fidelity and an absolutely terrible control scheme. Navigating Rapture, the fictional world you explore, is a chore -- and fighting battles (which you do regularly) is difficult, thanks to fast-moving enemies and clumsy virtual thumbpads and an array of on-screen buttons. In addition, the game's load times are overly long, making you wait a long time for levels that ultimately disappoint anyone who has seen the game on another platform. Newcomers to the game might find something to like here (if they can overlook the control issues), but fans of the original who are hoping to recreate the excitement they felt the first time around will only find frustration.
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