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By Chris Morris, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Flawed adaptation of a popular, violent game.

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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. 

App Details

  • Devices: iPhone , iPod Touch , iPad
  • Pricing structure: Paid
  • Release date: August 28, 2014
  • Category: Action Games
  • Publisher: 2K Games
  • Version: 1.0.5
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 7.1 or later
  • Last updated: August 15, 2016

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