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Call of Duty: Mobile

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

Parents say

age 8+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 6 reviews

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Ease of Play

The game's 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 the smaller scale of mobile screens, there's a fair amount of blood splatter. Other scenes of violence include burning opponents alive with flamethrowers and blowing them to pieces with grenades.

Sex
Language

While there's no profanity baked into the game experience, it does include voice chat communication options with other players, which could result in offensive language and inappropriate/toxic conversations during games.

Consumerism

Although there are solid perks to spending money on things like premium season passes, weapons, etc., most non-cosmetic items can easily be earned by simply playing the game, and players are rewarded regularly. This is a new direction in the wildly popular Call of Duty franchise.

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 shows a fair amount of blood splatter and other graphic violence onscreen. 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, it does feature a number of items available for purchase via the in-game store.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byWildYeetFish October 12, 2019

Not That Bad of a game

First thing first the Common Senes media review is crap and every thing it saids is wrong they just looked at the age rating saw it was a 16 and then just did t... 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, 13 years old Written byZAZZU October 10, 2019

Amazing!

its good for mature kids or teens in middle school it just depends on how they react to it and act. But like always you parents decide. (^_^)
Teen, 17 years old Written byHydroPlaysXband... November 1, 2019

Very good mobile shooter. Not as violent as counterparts.

This game contains deaths by bullet and knife spurting a little blood. The only language is from online voice chat which can probably be cut off. So let your ki... 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 on consoles and computer, setting the bar for others in the genre. Now, the series has made its way to mobile devices with Call of Duty: Mobile. But even with advances in mobile tech, is it possible to cram a full-featured Call of Duty experience into such a compact package? Surprisingly, the answer is a resounding "Yes!" This isn't some cheap cash grab thrown together with the CoD name slapped on it. 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 smooth as silk on most modern devices.

Controls have also been laid out in an efficient way too, giving players instant access to all the tricks in their arsenal without feeling 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 they 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. Setting up matches is a breeze, with 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. Simply put, Call of Duty: Mobile is an excellent shooter for mobile fans that want to bring their CoD experience with them on the go.

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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