BitLife - Life Simulator

App review by
Chris Morris, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommendPopular with kids
Make text-based choices from cradle to grave; not for kids.

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 48 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 121 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Ease of Play

The game gives players lots of options, but few are mandatory, letting people explore at their own pace. 

Violence

Players are given the option to murder and assault other characters, often for no reason, but it's all text-based. 

Sex

Players can opt to have one night stands and abortions. Pornography is mentioned. After a player chooses to have sex, a moaning sound effect is played. There's no explicit images as the game is text-based.

Language

Some mild iffy language and name-calling like "moron" and "crackhead."

Consumerism

Players are sometimes forced to watch a video advertisement. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Players are regularly offered drugs and alcohol, sometimes becoming addicted to them (and often that addiction is shown without ramifications). 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know BitLife - Life Simulator is a text-based app that starts you as a random character at birth and then allows you to make choices as your virtual life progresses. Though it's all about text-based choices, they are adult decisions that include one-night stands, threesomes, illegal drugs, murder and more. In one instance (having a one-night stand), the game plays a woman moaning. Players can also choose to have unprotected sex, which can result in pregnancy. An in-app purchase removes ads, and there's also an option to pay to become a "Bitizen" which lets you do things like hire hitmen, get exotic pets, and interact with your virtual boss or teacher. If users tap on "Bitlife Community," they're taken to links like a related YouTube channel, a forum on Reddit, and a TikTok account. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byHermioneCan’tDraw February 9, 2019

Listen...

Yes, porn, abortion, homicide, drugs, and sex are mentioned.
But honestly? It’s a darn good game! A lot of things such as “creating children” and being gay? You... Continue reading
Adult Written byPriceless October 2, 2019

Every Bad Decision You Could Make served Up on a Platter. Help Yourself!!

A place where children can try on risky behaviours until they have become normalized and they are ready to try them on in real life. Kiss a stranger? Yes, no,... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old August 15, 2019

GREAT APPS FOR MATURE KIDS!

This is a great app. Sometimes, l find myself playing for hours without realizing it. If you got to the App Store it says it's recommended for +17. I disag... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written bygleek16 August 14, 2019

It all depends

BitLife is a very fun game but it does deal with mature topics that some children may not be comfortable with. If you are a parent and your kid wants to get thi... Continue reading

What's it about?

In BITLIFE - LIFE SIMULATOR begins with an animated sperm to show that your life is about to begin. Players live a simulated life and have the choice of playing it straight and narrow or making a series of riskier decisions to see the impact those would have. These can range from one-night stands and threesomes to murdering family members to dropping out of school early to ignoring your health. Often, the choices don't have consequences, but other times it can result in the player being jailed, breaking up with a spouse or paramour, or dying. The life you live is largely based on your choices, but the unexpected pops up from time to time as well. 

Is it any good?

This life simulator is certainly an entertaining distraction for adults, but the mature content makes it best for adults or older teens, depending on your stance on the subjects introduced in the app. It's fun to play the game of "What if?" with so many options available to you (whether that's a night at the casino, getting plastic surgery, experimenting sexually or not factoring in your financial situation). But make no mistake: There's nothing here that is appropriate for kids or, in many cases, teens. 

In the first life of the review, for example, the character's mother's occupation was "porn actor" (and she kept getting promoted). The game regularly offers your character drugs and alcohol, encourages you to gamble and either have a hookup with a stranger or coerce a boyfriend/girlfriend into having a threesome. The language is a bit bawdy, but it's all meant in a humorous vein. Similarly, you always have the option to murder a character and it's done in a light-hearted fashion. So while older teens and adults who understand the tongue-in-cheek approach and mature content will likely get a kick out of this simulator, BitLife - Life Simulator is definitely not appropriate for kids and younger teens.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the way sex, and relationships are presented in BitLife - Life Simulator. Are there consequences to any of this behavior? Should there be? Why, or why not? 

  • Families can also talk about the impact of other life choices. If you choose to commit a crime, are dishonest, or are cruel to people, what might the consequences be? 

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
  • Price: Free
  • Pricing structure: Free (optional $1.99 in-app purchase to remove ads; $4.99 to become a "Bitizen" for more content; $.99 to use the "Time Machine" and revisit choices)
  • Release date: December 11, 2018
  • Category: Simulation Games
  • Size: 53.60 MB
  • Publisher: Candywriter LLC
  • Version: 1.7.1
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 8.0 or later
  • Last updated: March 05, 2020

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