A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
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 & Scariness
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.
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Some objectionable words but relatively mild when compared to CoD console games.
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Products & Purchases
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.
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.
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.
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