Halo: Spartan Strike

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Neilie Johnson, Common Sense Media
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High-quality shooter rewards players for racking up kills.

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Ease of Play

Slick touch controls make moving and fighting a breeze. Challenge comes from more ambitious mission objectives. 

Violence

Like all Halo games, the main objective is killing aliens. That said, the near-constant combat is very small on-screen and not graphic. 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Halo: Spartan Strike is a combat-oriented game from the hit gaming series that rewards players for killing as many aliens as possible. It features an array of guns, grenades, and other weapons and gives players military assignments that revolve around fighting and destruction. Violence is nonstop but isn't graphic. The game's privacy policy provides warning that any interaction -- whether typed or spoken -- with Microsoft products brings a certain degree of information gathering. Check out further details regarding Microsoft's privacy policies. 

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What's it about?

HALO: SPARTAN STRIKE turns players into super soldiers defending the city of New Mombasa from alien forces. Players take on the legendary Covenant by doing things like clearing streets and destroying communications towers. As an elite Spartan, players get to fight using all the iconic Halo weapons and vehicles, including the Warthog reconnaissance vehicle and the Ghost rapid assault vehicle. Using two virtual thumbsticks to move, shoot, and toss grenades, players work their way through urban and natural environments and earn achievements by completing special objectives. The game is now integrated with Xbox Live, and players can complete weekly challenges and work their way up the Halo leaderboards.

Is it any good?

The series is long-standing shooter fan favorite, and this mobile installment is yet another reason why. With fantastically sharp graphics and intuitive, easy-to-use controls, it succeeds in bringing the excitement of the console and PC Halo games to tablets and phones. What makes Halo so much fun are its varied projectile weapons and fast-moving, fluid combat system, and this one manages to shrink large-scale warfare down to pocket size without losing any of its tension or impact. It does this by including everything you've come to expect from a Halo game: shooting, swapping weapons, tossing grenades -- even commandeering turrets and vehicles. The only small downside is its utter lack of checkpoints, which could stop progression or enforce punishing replays of the more difficult levels on less skilled gamers. Still, shooter fans, get ready to be impressed by a combat experience far beyond what you've come to expect from a mobile game.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about violence in the media. How does the perspective in this game keep players at a distance? Is it different from a typical first-person shooter? Does it make a difference that the enemy is aliens rather than other people?

  • Discuss how gun violence is shown in the media. How is it represented? Is there any connection between real-world violence and violence in the media?

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