Dead Space for iPad

App review by
Chris Morris, Common Sense Media
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Ultra-violent, gory horror game that's not for kids.
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Parents say

age 15+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 14 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Ease of Play

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

Violence

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.

Sex
Language

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."

Consumerism

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.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byBushMan6 May 2, 2012

Awesome game!

First off, this is a really good app for hard core gamers using iOS devices. Has plenty of gore and blood. Swearing is sometimes strong(see their review for wh... Continue reading
Adult Written byjasonc506 January 30, 2011
This is an incredible console experience. The gameplay is very easy to pick up and play. Though the game is quite violent I think it has been toned down a bit f... Continue reading
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... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old February 11, 2011

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

  • Device: iPad
  • Price: $9.99
  • Release date: January 25, 2011
  • Category: Action Games
  • Publisher: Electronic Arts
  • Version: 1.0.1
  • Minimum software requirements: OS 3.2

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