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BitLife - Life Simulator

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

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 3 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. Iin 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. The only in-app purchase removes ads. 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
Adult Written bysimplyjane83 December 31, 2018

Not what you think

My daughter(she is 14 years old) asked me about this app. I was very hesitant because of the 17+ rating, so I downloaded the app to see what it was about. I wa... 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 bysquid06 December 21, 2018

It’s good for your kid if they’re mature

I’ve played this with my friends, and it doesn’t really need the 17+review on the app store. Any mature responsible child could get this game. It reminds me of... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byAv831 January 4, 2019

A fan

I, as a 16 year old, want to warn younger kids’ parents who are looking to get this app, as it has mature themes and some violence. Although I support the app a... 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 in-app purchase to remove ads)
  • 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

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