Call of Duty: Black Ops Zombies

App review by
Chris Morris, Common Sense Media
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Popular with kids
Intense violence as expected; surprisingly average gameplay.

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 30 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Ease of Play

A brief tutorial at the beginning of the game runs players through the basics, but the screen is so littered with buttons that it's often hard to remember exactly which to press. 

Violence

The game is a nonstop march of death and destruction, with wave after wave of undead Nazis attacking you. Players shoot zombies with pistols, shotguns, automatic weapons, and grenades (among other tools). Blood shows when enemies are hit, as do body parts on some shots -- and the screen is tinged with red as you're attacked. 

Sex
Language

Frequent mild cursing such as "damn" and "hell" and the use of unique offensive language, such as "flesh whores" (one soldier's pet name for zombies).

Consumerism

The game is an offshoot of the popular Call of Duty franchise and meant to drive players to the more expensive console version. Other apps are also advertised from the main menu, including the subscription-based Call of Duty: Elite.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Call of Duty: Black Ops Zombies is an action shooter based on the popular and hot-selling console game series. The app, like the video game, is a march of violence, though the app is less graphic due to visual restrictions of the platform. There's mild offensive language as well as a few choice words that parents might struggle to explain to kids, but this is not a game kids should be playing in the first place. With the violence and the horror aspects of the zombies, it's unsuitable for young players. Users can share high scores via the Game Center social network, but participation is optional.

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byRoydiaz24 December 3, 2018
Adult Written byTheApprover May 26, 2017

Its Ok...

The game throughout is hard to get used to and reflects the original Black Ops Zombies, though it has almost unrecognizable graphics, the gore isn't really... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old May 25, 2019

CoD BOZ Mobile review

(NOTE: This is a short and probably not a good review of BOZ, and let me get something about of the way, this game does have violence, and a bit of swearing. So... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old September 1, 2017

Fun IOS FPS game. I'd say 11+ even though I played at 7.

Milder than a normal Call of Duty game. Graphics aren't bad but it really isn't that graphic. 5th grade and up or iffy 4th.

Is it any good?

Activision has made billions of dollars off the Call of Duty franchise, but if more games were like CALL OF DUTY: BLACK OPS ZOMBIES, this is a series that would have died off long ago. The game is average, at best, blending the series' shooter roots with a sci-fi/horror themed zombie mode. And while that's a fun mix on consoles, it falls flat here, with less-than-inspiring gameplay, complicated controls, and no real sense of originality. 

Diehard fans of the series might enjoy it, especially the multiplayer modes, but newcomers will wonder what all the hype is about. 

App details

For kids who love action and adventure

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