Dead Space for iPad

Common Sense Media says

Ultra-violent, gory horror game that's not for kids.





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Ease of play

The game's controls are done quite well, making it easy to explore and travel through the game's many corridors. 


The app is filled with scenes of severe violence. To incapacitate enemies, players can stab, shoot, dismember them, and more. Blood and gore -- including human bodies and scattered limbs -- are commonplace, often pooled or strewn on the floor as you walk the halls. Among the many enemies are "Necromorphs" -- which look like babies.

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The game's use of offensive words is a little less prevalent than in the console game, but still freely uses terms like "bastards," "f--k," and "s--t."


A page featuring other apps by developer Electronic Arts is linked from the front page, and users can buy upgrades to their armor and weapons via an in-game store, with prices ranging from 99 cents to $4.99. Additionally, the app is meant as a promotional vehicle for the newly released Dead Space 2 game.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Dead Space for iPad is a gory, horror-themed action game filled with blood, violence, and scary creatures that attack from the dark. It's a title that isn't meant for children or young teens. Enemy monsters -- that range from clawed predators to "Necromorphs," which look like babies -- savagely attack you regularly and can be stabbed, shot, or dismembered with a saw by the player. Innocent humans are often attacked and scream and moan as they die, leaving pools of blood on the floor. The language is also quite harsh, and there's plenty of commercialism, but it's the violence that parents will be most disturbed by. A version of the game is also available for the iPhone called Dead Space, which is exactly the same, but costs $3 less.

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Is it any good?


DEAD SPACE FOR IPAD isn't a game for everybody -- and certainly isn't one for children -- but as a survival horror game, it's masterfully done. Rather than retelling a tale from an older game in the series (or cramming the plot of the just-released Dead Space 2, which this is meant to promote, into an app), this is a completely new adventure. The story is a fun ride for those who have the stomach for the gore -- well-paced and packed with jump-out-of-your-seat moments. The game is best played with headphones, instead of the iPhone or iPad's speaker, as they make it a much more immersive experience. Graphically, Dead Space is superb and it's one of the few iDevice titles that really feels like a console experience.

App details

Release date:January 25, 2011
Category:Action Games
Publisher:Electronic Arts
Minimum software requirements:OS 3.2

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Kid, 12 years old March 26, 2011
I frickin love this game the graphics look like a console game i play it daily and it is totally worth $6.99 get it NOW
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Teen, 13 years old Written byswagshyguy15 September 8, 2013

Good Game - Just Remember That It's Still A Little Violent

This is an okish game. It's pretty good but it's quite limited compared to the console ones. The violence and gore isn't so bad, it's more scary than gore in my opinion, but there's still dismemberment and things like that. So you can choose if you want to pay $6.99 for this. I don't think it should cost that much but that's my opinion and hey, I got it on sale (100% off!).
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing
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Teen, 13 years old Written byDarkArcher April 22, 2011

For Daring Older Teens, but no-one younger

Wow, this game is amazing especially for it's platform. But besides the awesome controls, gameplay, and graphics. The creators went way over board with the violence, blood, gore, and horror. Bodies will start falling from empty slots in the celling, and fly across hallways leaving a trail of blood. The game is sure to startle you when Necocromes (the main enemy in the game) tackle onto you out of no where. When this happens you will be forced to saw their arm off or face death. Other creatures with jump on you out off no where making you have to rapidly tap the screen or shake your device. If you fail to finish the commands in time. The consequence will be having your neck ripped off, getting a claw through your throat, or having your head eaten off. Your teammates helping you get out of space alive swear like sailors and will sometimes freak you out when you hear them being mauled by aliens over your communication devices. Overall the game is really fun, will shock you, and get you pumped up as if your watching a scary movie.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing


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