Call of Duty: Strike Team

App review by
Chris Morris, Common Sense Media
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Violent shooter with flexible gameplay, a bit of strategy.

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 3 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Educational Value

Call of Duty: Strike Team wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

Ease of Play

Learning the controls takes a little time -- and there are some actions the game is less than clear on (such as hiding a body after you've killed an enemy) -- but the tutorial is solid, and, after a few levels, it becomes fairly natural. The game's AI is smart, though, which presents a significant challenge. 

Violence

Players kill enemy soldiers on a regular basis, with a variety of firearms, grenades, and other weapons. When they die, enemies crumble to the ground. Although the game is not as explicit as its console cousins, it's still quite violent. 

Sex
Language

Some objectionable words but relatively mild when compared to CoD console games.

Consumerism

Players unlock new weapons, health packs, and other necessities through tokens, which you can purchase in amounts ranging from $2 to $100. You also can earn tokens within the game, though -- and the app is fairly generous in awarding them, so it's playable without you having to spend additional real-world cash. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Call of Duty: Strike Team is a mobile game based around the multibillion-dollar console-based Call of Duty franchise. The game is not a port of an older CoD title but rather an original work, created specifically for the mobile player. That said, like its brethren, it's violent and not appropriate for young players. Additionally, there is an in-app purchase component that unskilled, but enthusiastic, players are likely to utilize, which drives the cost of the app higher. Unlike the console versions of the game, there is no multiplayer mode.

User Reviews

Uncle Written bySammy M. October 22, 2016

Great Mobile FPS Game

Despite the condemning Call of Duty label on it, this game isn't nearly as bad as the console versions. There is as far as I can see no blood, no sexual co... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old January 17, 2015

Best IOS Call of Duty

This game was a good way of bringing Call Of Duty Black Ops 2 to the Ipad. Before this one, there was a Call Of Duty Zombies game that was put on the Ipad, that... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written bywillman72 September 11, 2013

good game 12 and up

great game not for kids 12 and under less graphical violence due to downsizing it to mobile it is strategic no drugs or sex references

What's it about?

Players can opt to play the game from either a first-person perspective or a top-down view. Although the game encourages both, it's possible to largely use only one of those options, depending on your play preferences. In first-person, players move and look around via thumb gestures on the sides of the screen, choosing options such as stealth from a layout of buttons at the bottom. The controls are fairly standard for an FPS mobile game. Top-down is a useful addition, though, letting players assign where a character should move and directing where they should fire. It's especially useful for tactical decisions and flanking maneuvers. It's a good way to move your team quickly and get a sense of which obstacles lay ahead.

Is it any good?

CALL OF DUTY: STRIKE TEAM has a big legacy to live up to. Call of Duty fans are passionate about their game -- and very particular about any changes made to it. That makes judging this mobile version difficult, since it is in many ways a departure from the series but still has much in common with it. The plot and sense of play -- especially in the first-person perspective -- is straightforward Call of Duty. Although the controls suffer from the same limitations any FPS on a mobile device does (and, to be clear, this is a game that should be played on a tablet, rather than on a phone), the action is well-paced and deftly blends stealth and the chaos of a major firefight. (Missing, though, is the very popular multiplayer mode.) The bird's-eye-view method of playing is something different, though. It turns Strike Team into more of a strategy title, which is an unexpected twist for the franchise. It also adds some flexibility to gameplay, which eases the transition to a new hardware system. Better still, it makes CoD accessible for players who don't enjoy first-person shooters (or who lack the reflexes to do well in them). 

The price is a bit high -- and the fact that there are in-app purchases is a bit strange. But the game is generous in rewarding players with the tokens they need to buy new weapons and health kits, which dampens any feeling that this is a cash grab. Overall, Strike Team is a terrific addition to the CoD universe. 

App details

For kids who love action

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