Call of Duty: Black Ops Zombies

Common Sense Media says

Intense violence as expected; surprisingly average gameplay.

Age(i)

NOT FOR KIDS

Quality(i)

 

What parents need to know

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
Not applicable
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
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

Some privacy concerns. Players can opt in to Apple's Game Center to track scores and achievements, and for some games, challenge friends. Players can send and receive friend requests using an email address or Game Center nickname, revealing the first and last name associated with each party's Apple ID and, in the case of email requests, the sender's email address. With iOS 5, players can opt to have a private or public profile, which can include a photo. With a public profile, your real name is visible to all other players, and Game Center will recommend you to other players using your real name. With a private profile, only your friends can see your real name, and Game Center will not recommend you to other players.

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.

Parents say

Kids say

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

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

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Price:$6.99
Release date:December 11, 2011
Category:Action Games
Size:355.00 MB
Publisher:Activision Publishing, Inc.
Version:1.0.5
Minimum software requirements:iOS 4.2 or later

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Kid, 10 years old January 10, 2012
AGE
10
QUALITY
 

?????

This is a big lie kids love this game 100% against
What other families should know
Great role models
Parent Written byCartervr43 December 16, 2012
AGE
12
QUALITY
 

Be careful, but lots of fun!

This game is very violent and has very strong language. However, there is a mute button, and the graphics card isn't good enough to run much of the gore. The game is very fun, although the controls are lousy. That's my review.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Teen, 17 years old Written byTheTrillonaire July 5, 2013
AGE
12
QUALITY
 

My Comment:

This is an iffy app not for kids.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Safety and privacy concerns

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