BitLife - Life Simulator

App review by
Chris Morris, Common Sense Media
BitLife - Life Simulator App Poster Image
Popular with kidsParents recommend
Make text-based choices from cradle to grave; not for kids.

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 38 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 168 reviews

Did this review miss something on diversity?

Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive, diverse representations in books, TV shows, and movies. Want to help us help them? Suggest a diversity update

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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Written byAnonymous February 20, 2020

Be careful about this, but don’t say “no”

BitLife is a text based life simulator that uses realism to live another life. Parents beware, there are some dangers to this game. If your kids don’t know abou... Continue reading
Adult Written byArthur collins December 21, 2018

Harmless

My son came to me looking to get this game, at first I thought wow this must be a really explicit game. But I downloaded it on my own device and it turned out t... 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
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

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: July 21, 2020

Our editors recommend

For kids who love simulation games and critical thinking

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

See how we rate

About these links

Common Sense Media, a nonprofit organization, earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes when you use our links to make a purchase. Thank you for your support.

Read more

Our ratings are based on child development best practices. We display the minimum age for which content is developmentally appropriate. The star rating reflects overall quality and learning potential.

Learn how we rate