This is a good-looking entry in the battle royale arena, with handsome characters (of both genders) and boatloads of vanity items to buy and covet, but its violence may give some gamers pause. Borrowing concepts from other battle royale (BR) games, Cyber Hunter offers the kind of action-packed gameplay competitive gamers have come to expect. Unfortunately, in its bid to fulfill these expectations, it more or less fails to exceed them. Like other BR games, you're air-dropped onto an island with nothing but the clothes on your back, and tasked with equipping and defending yourself. You can choose to stick with your squad or go off on your own (the latter's often better if you want to avoid fighting over supplies); either way, there are around a hundred other players out there literally gunning for you.
The most obvious difference between this app and its rivals is its parkour system, which can be used to reach high strategic locations. But its effectiveness varies and can result in bizarre things like crawling upside down spider-like on the ceiling, getting stuck on a windowsill, or having limbs that bend the wrong way. In the end, it's more a novelty than a must-have when it comes to survival. What is a must-have is a vehicle, and these are mostly well-executed. Once you get a hang of the controls, you can zoom away from danger at crazy-fun speeds or hitch a ride with a fellow squad member. Weapons are easy to use (especially if you turn on auto-fire), and it's satisfying to sneak up on a fight and take everyone down. Granted, there's not much that separates this app from others like it, and parents are justified in objecting to gameplay. Its emphasis on shooting and rewards for killing people, plus the graphic and often abusive nature of both voice and text chat, means that young kids probably shouldn't play it. Still, Cyber Hunter's 10- to 15-minute matches offer the kind of fast-paced (if predictable) fun action older gamers crave.