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Hungry Shark Evolution

App review by
Paul Semel, Common Sense Media
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Simple but slightly bloody shark arcade eating game.

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age 10+
Based on 2 reviews

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Ease of Play

The game uses simple touch or tilt controls, but both can be a bit clunky.

Violence & Scariness

Players use their sharp teeth to eat people, fish, and other living things, which results in some blood being spilled. Blood's also spilled when your shark is attacked or runs into a mine.

Sexy Stuff
Language
Consumerism

Players can earn coins and gems by playing or by purchasing them in the store. The coins are then used to upgrade your shark, while the gems are used to buy new sharks, to evolve the ones you have, or to keep playing when you die. You can also keep playing by watching video ads. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Hungry Shark Evolutionis an arcade game for iOS and Android devices. As a shark, you have to eat anything and everything you can: scuba divers, crabs, and all kinds of tasty fish. Doing so does spill their blood, of course, but so does hitting a mine or getting bitten by another shark or seal. Otherwise, this has no other objectionable content. Commercially speaking, you can earn in-game currency by playing, or by buying it in the in-game store, which is then used to keep playing, buy new sharks, or upgrade the sharks you already own. You can also earn this currency by watching ads. 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.

User Reviews

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Teen, 14 years old Written byafter16 August 25, 2019

VERY BAD!!!

I didn't like. The game says all the time meaningless phrases and things like that.
Kid, 9 years old August 21, 2019

I don't like it.

I think the concern here is the violence because of the blood. Ok?

What's it about?

In HUNGRY SHARK EVOLUTION, you get to be hungry shark who just happens to be in the most populated section of the ocean ever. The water is just full of fish, crabs, scuba divers, and other tasty treats. Just be careful, it's also full of mines, seals who will bite you back, and things that can make you sick. Can you eat your way through the obstacles and become the biggest predator in the seven seas?

Is it any good?

While it's an inaccurate depiction of sharks, this arcade eating game is just fun enough to keep these killers of the sea from snacking on unsuspecting swimmers. In Hungry Shark Evolution, you get to be a shark in waters that are so full of fish, people, and other edible things that it's surprising there's not a sign that says it's an "All-You-Can-Eat Buffet." Using your device's touchscreen or tilt controls, you have to steer the shark around so he or she can have a nosh while avoiding such hazards as mines, open barrels of toxic waste, and poisonous jellyfish.

Not surprisingly, things can get a bit weird. Not only are there mutant sharks to unlock (as well as real ones), but you can eat things that temporarily turn everything gold, and even a portal that will let you snack on the passengers of the Titanic. But as weird and wild as this may be, it's also kind of redundant and lacking in challenge. Yes, the seals who bite you are a hazard to be avoided, but you're really just swimming and eating. You're not, for instance, trying to eat a certain number of fish or calories before you run out of time. And being able to continue playing by paying or watching an ad doesn't help. Hungry Shark Evolution may entertain you long enough to get to the beach, but you'll want something else for the ride home.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about advertising. When you die in Hungry Shark Evolution, you can watch an ad to keep going, but are you okay with being subjected to advertising to keep playing a game? Can you watch an ad but not let it affect you?

  • Does it make sense to spend money on a game when you can get stuff for free? How do you decide what to spend your money on, and how much to spend? How much is too much?

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPad, Android
  • Price: free with ads and microtransactions
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Release date: July 30, 2019
  • Category: Action Games
  • Topics: Ocean Creatures
  • Size: 398.30 MB
  • Publisher: Ubisoft
  • Version: 6.78
  • Minimum software requirements: Requires iOS 8.0 or later; Android 4.1 and up
  • Last updated: July 31, 2019

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