Frontline Commando

Common Sense Media says

Bloody combat game targets your wallet.

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What parents need to know

Ease of play

Health doesn't regenerate in this game, so if you're out of health kits, you won't last long. The enemies always vastly outnumber the player and winning battles is a challenge. 

Violence

Players engage in a non-stop series of battles, shooting enemies with shotguns, automatic weapons, sniper rifles, and other weapons, such as hand grenades. There is a shower of blood when enemy soldiers are shot -- and the screen turns red when players are hit. 

Sex
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

In order to obtain higher-grade weapons (or, more importantly, health kits), you'll need to purchase them using in-game cash. The game is stingy in handing that out, but offers a high-profile opportunity to spend real-world dollars to buy it. 

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

Some privacy concerns. Players can opt in to Apple's Game Center to track scores and achievements, and for some games, challenge friends. Players can send and receive friend requests using an email address or Game Center nickname, revealing the first and last name associated with each party's Apple ID and, in the case of email requests, the sender's email address. With iOS 5, players can opt to have a private or public profile, which can include a photo. With a public profile, your real name is visible to all other players, and Game Center will recommend you to other players using your real name. With a private profile, only your friends can see your real name, and Game Center will not recommend you to other players.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Frontline Commando is a freemium action game that contains a fair bit of violence. Blood flows when you take aim at enemies and the frequent use of the sniper rifle lets you see that close up. The game is also set up to prompt players to purchase in-game currency to advance. While it's not impossible to move deep into the game without spending cash, it's extraordinarily difficult. Users can share high scores via the Game Center social network, but participation is optional.

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QUALITY
 

FRONTLINE COMMANDO doesn't skimp on the action genre cliches, but it's still not a bad game on its merits. However, its over-reliance on the freemium model saps a good deal of the fun. The game is weighted in the company's favor and it's extremely difficult to advance too far without having to purchase in-game cash. That's fine if you're prepared for it going in, but it's something parents of teens might not realize. 

The game, while difficult, is a fun arcade shooter, though. The controls are a bit over-complicated, but not impossible to figure out. And as long as you've got cash and the right weapon in hand, you'll have a blast. But it's only when you have to decide whether to tap your credit card that you'll really know how much fun you're having. 

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Price:Free
Pricing structure:Free
Release date:December 14, 2011
Category:Action Games
Size:98.00 MB
Publisher:Glu Games Inc.
Version:1.0.0
Minimum software requirements:iOS 4.0 or later

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Kid, 11 years old July 23, 2012
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10
QUALITY
 

Awesome Game

This game is super fun, and FREE! But not for kids under 10 because it is really violent and bloody, but that's it. Nothing sexual, no swearing, and no smoking or drugs or anything else. The only reason I didn't give this game 5 stars is because you have to BUY WITH REAL MONEY gold in the game to buy lots of the guns available. Great game though!
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much consumerism
Parent Written by5kmomKar April 16, 2014
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2
QUALITY
 

Bloody

This game is bloody just watching it for a couple minutes I saw enough. Human form characters shooting at other human form characters with bloody wounds. Not for kids. Also game goes right to earning and getting money.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much consumerism
Kid, 11 years old November 22, 2013
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11
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snrgklehoadb

Great game. Has frequent blood, non-stop violence. Not too bad, just you spend too much money.
What other families should know
Too much violence

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