Parents' Guide to

BitLife - Life Simulator

By Chris Morris, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Make text-based choices from cradle to grave; not for kids.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this app.

Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 34 parent reviews

age 11+


People overreact to this game way too much. It may contain sex but most kids in 6th or 7th grade have already learned about that in school. It's not bad. It's for 11+ though.

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Easy to play/use
4 people found this helpful.
age 14+

Great for teens

It’s a pretty cool game, but it mentions sex and drugs (not in an overtly crude manner, but still too much for anyone younger than 14). It’s fun though and doesn’t talk about anything more than most 14 year olds already know about.
4 people found this helpful.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (34):
Kids say (244):

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.

App Details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
  • 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
  • Publisher: Candywriter LLC
  • Version: 1.7.1
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 8.0 or later
  • Last updated: March 5, 2020

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