Fortnite: Battle Royale

App review by Chris Morris, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 13+

Popular shooter has lots of violence, hits mobile bulls-eye.

Parents say

age 10+

Based on 50 reviews

Kids say

age 10+

Based on 211 reviews

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Community Reviews

age 7+

Very Good to enjoy with friends

Very good cross play game for children. Many ways to enjoy the game by playing. It is free and not too violent. Perfect for playing with friends.

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Easy to play/use
age 18+

This game just isn't right...something is up,,,,,

Look! I give my kiddos more freedom than most of their friend's parents do, and after weeks and weeks of my son begging me to let him play Fortnite, and only after doing tons of research, I let my kiddo to play for a couple of weeks, mostly to "connect with his friends at school." My kid is an average 10 year old; he plays sports, has friends at school, has neighborhood friends he hangs out with almost everyday, he's got a great sense of humor, and his grades average A's to B's. However, in just about 2 weeks time, he's lost interest in sports; it seems his friends at school are now only the people who play Fortnite; he stopped hanging out with his neighborhood face to face friends to play Fortnite; he's become irritable and angry when I tell him game-time is done; all he talks about is Fortnite, and his grades have fallen to C's to D's. It's eerie, and for real. So, being a responsible parent, I could see the negative changes in my son, and I had to put a stop to playing Fortnite. And the reason I'm writing this review is because after A WEEK of not playing the game, he is currently upstairs crying and telling me he wants to run away because I'm the meanest parent in the world because he can't play Fortnite. It's been a week, and every night he cries himself to sleep over it. Something is not right. I've read other similar parent reviews back when I was doing research about this game, and I thought that maybe it was that their kid just was a little off, and that it wasn't necessarily the game. Well, my mistake. I should have taken to heart the other parent reviews that explained how consuming it was, and the sexism, the violence (no, there isn't any blood, but they are chasing down other players only to shoot them, and then watching other players pick up other the dying players and throw them off of cliffs, or decimating their bodies). Not cool. So, my kiddo is 10 years old; but I wouldn't want him playing such a negative game even if he was 16 years old. Like the other negative parent reviews, I wish I never let him play the game in the first place. It's really been a struggle. Something is up---I'm curious to know if the game is designed to create dopamine hits in the their little brains, creating an addictive response. Anyway, I'm taking the little time I have to write this review in hopes that it may help other concerned parents.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much consumerism

App Details

  • Device: Android
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Release date: April 11, 2018
  • Category: Action Games
  • Publisher: Epic Games
  • Version: 3.5.0
  • Minimum software requirements: Requires iOS 11.0 or later.
  • Last updated: February 25, 2021

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