Fortnite: Battle Royale

App review by
Chris Morris, Common Sense Media
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Popular shooter has lots of violence, hits mobile bulls-eye.
Parents recommend

Parents say

age 8+
Based on 14 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 39 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Ease of Play

Simple controls, and inventory management has been improved, but there's still a learning curve for new players. 

Violence

You'll constantly shoot other players and dodge fatal storms. There's no blood; defeated enemies simply vanish. 

Sex
Language
Consumerism

The game itself is free, but players can use real cash to buy upgrades for everything from their outfits to their dance moves.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Fortnite is a hugely popular survival action game that's centered around short play sessions, and this is the mobile version of the popular console/PC game. Players battle up to 100 other live players in solo mode, pairs, or teams; the goal is to be the last player standing. The game is loaded with violence, but it's all cartoonish, rather than bloody or gory. (Defeated enemies disappear, "absorbed" by a drone.) The game does offer in-app purchases for costumes, dance animations, and other content, but it doesn't have a heavy push for them. There's no language, sexuality, or alcohol/drug concerns. Additionally, there's no chat with other players in the mobile version. Android users should be cautious as well, because thanks to Epic choosing to bypass the Google Play store, they could be exposed to malicious software by downloading the game to their devices. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change. If you want to know more about this phenomenon, be sure to check out our Parents' Ultimate Guide to Fortnite.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byJames472 April 18, 2018

Great Port!

I absolutely LOVE playing fortnite on iPhone. Parents should know the themes are a bit dark because your trying to kill everybody else, but it is very cartoonis...
Parent of a 12 year old Written byOlli Z May 7, 2018

Great game

Great game for free with next to no violence. Yes you shoot people but that the case in nearly all games. There is zero blood or gore and no melee or hand to ha... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byXDGG April 21, 2018
Kid, 12 years old April 28, 2018

What you need to know

Parents need to know that Fortnite is a shooting game where you land on a island with a bunch of online people and try to survive and get guns and defend your s... Continue reading

What's it about?

While the mobile version of FORTNITE (like its PC and console cousins) is set after "The Storm," an apocalyptic event in which 98 percent of the world's population simply vanished, the sole focus here is on the game's "battle royale" fight, in which players compete solo or in pairs and teams to be the last one standing. To do so, they'll need to gather resources, build refuges, and successfully assassinate other players. Players can compete against not only other mobile players, but also those on consoles and PCs.

Is it any good?

Fast-paced action and accessible gameplay are the obvious reasons why Fortnite is the most popular game around these days. It's ridiculously fun and designed to encourage gamers to engage with each other, keeping sessions short. That means it's easy to jump in and out of battles, which is perfect for mobile players. Exploring the map and gathering resources is actually fun, as is trying out different strategies to see what works best for you -- whether that's hiding on the outskirts of the map and avoiding conflict until the very end or running into action, guns blazing. And, should you die, you can either automatically shadow the person who killed you or jump out to the lobby and immediately join another game. 

Inventory management is slightly confusing, but it's easy to grasp after a few sessions. And Epic Games wisely didn't include voice chat or text chat among players, meaning parents don't have to worry about their kids being exposed to inappropriate language or other content. But the highlight of the game, for many, is the ability for mobile players to compete with those on consoles and PCs. It's a fun addition, though it has flaws, since players on those platforms have a speed advantage that make them much more likely to win a battle. Fortnite is a game of speed -- and the fact is that mobile devices, even the most recent, can't compete with dedicated gaming machines. Bottom line: If winning affects your enjoyment of the game, it's best to stick to other systems, but if you're in it for fun and to improve your skills, the mobile version is a terrific alternative.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about violence in video games. Fortnite has bloodless cartoonish violence, but you're still constantly shooting players. Is that OK?

  • Talk about teamwork. How do you play to win but also foster sporting behavior in games? For kids looking for help on this topic, check out our Q&A on teamwork.

  • Discuss moderation and screen time. Fortnite is a game that encourages you to play again and again and again, but when is it time to put it down and play outside?

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
  • Price: Free
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Release date: April 11, 2018
  • Category: Action Games
  • Size: 130.70 MB
  • Publisher: Epic Games
  • Version: 3.5.0
  • Minimum software requirements: Requires iOS 11.0 or later.

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