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Contract Killer

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"Free" first-person shooter game where you play as hit man.

What parents need to know

Ease of play

For a run-and-gun game, the controls and gameplay are relatively simple. A lot of the action takes place from a far-away range, allowing players to snipe their victims from a distance that minimizes their danger. However, in the instances where there are a lot of enemies on the ground or at close combat, it can be a bit cumbersome to shoot down everyone.

Violence

As a hit man, players kill people, from a first-person perspective, using a wide arsenal of sniper guns, assault rifles, and other firearms to carry out their murderous tasks. They are encouraged to shoot people in the head. Sometimes, but not always, when players shoot down enemies there is a puff of blood.

Sex
Not applicable
Language

There is very little in the way of in-game dialogue, so cursing is not an issue. However, the brevity of the killing missions and flippant directions to "kill" people may be unsettling for some.

Consumerism

Do not be mistaken by the fact that this game is marketed as a "free" app. The game constantly prompts players to download additional levels, weapons, and in-game currency. These transactions range from $1.99 to $49.99.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Contract Killer is a very gritty, first-person shooter where you are a hitman in a very realistic urban environment, making it not for kids (don't be fooled by Glu's self-rating at age 12+). Players are tasked, mission after mission, to kill people they don't know, and the game encourages players to take out their targets from an unsuspecting sniper range. Players are also encouraged to shoot their victims in the head, and there are minor blood effects throughout. Some of the other gritty elements usually associated with this genre, like drugs and sex, don't appear here, but that is mainly because the game is light on storyline. Action is the dominant factor at play, and all of the action is focused on assassinating specified targets. Parents should also know that even though the game is a free download, there are relentless pitches in the game for players to purchase items and levels with real money. Additionally, users can share high scores via the Game Center social network, but participation is strictly optional.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

In this app for mature players, CONTRACT KILLER has too many killing missions and not enough of an underlying story to make it a sustainable adventure. So even though the game looks great and has some impressive graphics, it falls short due to the lack of a cohesive plot or any real motivation to continue through the numerous missions. The gameplay itself is markedly blase, bringing nothing especially new or interesting to the table. Those who enjoy action games may appreciate the various environments that players must traverse to reach their designated targets, and the frenetic pacing of the missions.

However, even those who like this blaze-through-and-shoot-down-people action may be turned off by the extensive microtransaction system in the game. The concept of making a game free to download and then charging users to access premium features is a growing trend on iTunes, but this title takes it to an extreme, requiring players to pay each time they want to get a new weapon, unlock a new level, or do anything that requires in-game currency. Be warned that even though the price is listed as "Free," to get the full experience will easily cost more than $30.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
Price:Free
Pricing structure:Free
Release date:March 30, 2011
Category:Action Games
Publisher:Glu Games Inc.
Version:1.0.1
Minimum software requirements:iOS 3.0 or later, Android 2.0 and up

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Teen, 13 years old Written byDarkArcher April 22, 2011

OK for Mature Younger Teens used to Shooter Violence and knows what "Sexual Assault" is

Common Sense, calm down for a sec. This game is not even that violent, and is actually a pretty slow game (as in action wise, not loading wise). It got really boring so I deleted it off my iPod Touch. You'll use Snipers and Handguns to shot people from far away. If you miss though, they will start shooting back. Minimal blood is shown after successfully getting a kill. Some female characters wear partially revealing clothes and some criminals commit sexual assaults. But it is not shown on screen, they only make references about it. Overall its OK for 12 and up if your tween is OK with some shooter violence and is OK with frequent use of the word "r-pe".
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Teen, 13 years old Written byDrayoc December 13, 2011

Not for kids?!

Whoa common sense! Slow down! This game is not very violent at all. Though the point of the game is to kill criminals with a variety of weapons (Sniper, hand gun, automatics, etc) It has surprisingly little blood and it only lasts a fraction of a second. Though the bodies don't disapear after being shot, there is zero gore. There are also several in app purcahses ranging from 0.99 cents, to $99.99. The further you reach in the game, the more you need better weapons. I however, like a challenge and am not bothered by the constant pokes to buy money in the game.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much consumerism
Kid, 10 years old September 1, 2011

Contract Killer

This app is free because it isn't worth anything. Mature 9 year olds.
What other families should know
Too much violence