Call of Duty: Mobile

App review by
David Chapman, Common Sense Media
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Popular with kidsParents recommend
Violent, bloody shooter is pocket-sized for popular series.

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 20 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 62 reviews

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A lot or a little?

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

Ease of Play

Touch controls are surprisingly easy to pick up and play. Moving and shooting feels intuitive on most mobile screens, with easy access to secondary weapons and abilities. There's even a Simple mode, in which players automatically shoot when aiming at foes.

Violence

Players fight against each other using a variety of realistic military-style weapons. Even with smaller scale of mobile screens, there's a fair amount of blood splatter. Other scenes of violence include burning opponents alive with flamethrowers, blowing them to pieces with grenades.

Sex
Language

No profanity baked into the game experience, but voice chat communication options with other players could result in offensive language and inappropriate/toxic conversations during games.

Consumerism

There are perks to spending money on things like premium season passes, weapons, etc. Although most non-cosmetic items can be earned simply by playing the game, there are often special exclusive and unique characters, weapons, etc., available for purchase for limited times. These are frequently pitched to players, making it harder to cut past a menu without being subjected to an ad or push for new content.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Call of Duty: Mobile is a first-person multiplayer shooter available for download on iOS and Android devices. This is the latest spin-off of the wildly popular Call of Duty franchise. Players compete against others online, using realistic military-style weapons and tactics in objective-based matches. The game also includes a Battle Royale mode, pitting players against one another in massive last-man-standing matches. Violence is a key focus, and there's a fair amount of blood splatter and other graphic violence on-screen. The game includes an option for online voice chat between teammates, which could expose younger players to potentially offensive or toxic conversations and language. Though players can progress and earn rewards through basic gameplay, the game does feature a number of items available for purchase via the in-game store.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byawesomemeerkat July 9, 2020

Really fun for all ages!

Players fight against each other using a variety of realistic military-style weapons. Even with the smaller scale of mobile screens, there's a fair amount... Continue reading
Adult Written byTypicalgamer324 October 15, 2019

Good game for kids 10+

This game is very fun! Me and my Son play it every night. It is not too violent and there is no intimate content. I would thinks it's OK for a 9 year old b... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written bynormalkid785 April 19, 2020

great game

i think that it is a very fun game that is suitable for kids above ten. there is very little gore, of course when you shoot the opposing team you get a little b... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byStalrax69 July 29, 2020

Its OK for young kids, if they are mature.

The name "Call of Duty" for most people makes them think of a bloody, violent shooter that isn't ok for young kids. I have played many other cal... Continue reading

What's it about?

The hit Call of Duty franchise calls in an airstrike on mobile shooters with CALL OF DUTY: MOBILE, available for download on iOS and Android devices. Designed from the ground up exclusively for mobile phones, the game takes all the fast-paced action and high-stakes competition the series has been famous for on computers and consoles, and packs it into an explosive handheld package worthy of the Call of Duty name. You'll create your soldier and fight online in familiar 5v5 competitions like Frontline, Hardpoint, Domination, and Search and Destroy. As you play, you'll earn and learn new abilities and weapons on the battlefield, gaining experience and improving your skills before testing yourself in Battle Royale mode with up to 99 other players. Do you have what it takes to be the last person standing when the dust settles? Answer the Call of Duty and find out.

Is it any good?

For years, this franchise has been the hallmark of first-person military shooters, setting the bar for others in the genre. The series has also made its way to mobile devices with Call of Duty: Mobile. The game has been designed from the ground up as an original mobile experience. Despite the smaller real estate of the phone screen, everything looks crisp and detailed, running smoothly on most modern devices. Since its initial release, Call of Duty: Mobile has continued to grow, adding more rotating game modes, a wider arsenal of weapons, and new operator skills and classes. The game also includes a slew of content and events running hand-in-hand with its bigger brothers on consoles and computers. In fact, it's almost bursting at the seams with content. Unfortunately, navigating through all of this has slowly become a more frustrating chore, as the game's menus have gotten more cluttered and cumbersome. The frequent promotion of additional content slows down action as you try to figure out the menu option you want without being subjected to a new promo.

Despite the issues with trying to navigate the menus, especially on the smaller real estate of mobile screens, Call of Duty: Mobile still plays buttery smooth once a match starts and the bullets fly. Controls have also been laid out in an efficient way, giving players instant access to all the tricks in their arsenal without seeming cramped or invading heavily into the game screen. Newcomers to the series will likely enjoy the game's Simple mode as well, which automatically fires the equipped weapon once players line up an enemy in their sights. But the Advanced controls give a much wider range of options, making it easier to sneak up on clusters of foes without giving away your position. It can take a little getting used to at first, though, as it's easy to get wrapped up in the action and accidentally slip your grip just a bit out of position, but practice takes care of that quickly. After starting a match, there's very little wait time and no noticeable lag during play. Maps feel a lot more condensed, outside of the massive Battle Royale map, of course. But that works in the game's favor by keeping the bullets flying and the matches short, perfect for pocket-sized play. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about violence in video games. Is the impact of the violence in Call of Duty: Mobile affected by the realistic visuals of on-screen combat? Would the gameplay be as engaging if there wasn't blood and gore shown as a result of the gameplay?

  • How have advances in technology made it possible to bring console-quality gaming to mobile devices? What might we see in the future of mobile gaming?

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