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Hungry Shark World

App review by
Neilie Johnson, Common Sense Media
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Fun but bloody feeding frenzy has more screams than science.

Parents say

age 17+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 7 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Ease of Play

Controls fairly responsive, but a fast health timer makes it challenging to keep your shark alive.


Though the art style is cartoony, sea creatures and human swimmers bleed, and humans yell and scream. Players are highly rewarded for killing humans.


Free-to-play system lets players watch commercials to extend play, but unlocking features takes a long time if you don't spend money. No parent gate on purchases, so enable iTunes password.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Hungry Shark World is a game where you take control of a shark and make it as big as possible by killing and eating sea creatures and people. To stay alive, sharks must stay in motion and constantly eat, and the highest-value targets are human tourists. Both sea life and humans bleed when attacked, and human attacks result in screaming and crunching sounds. It's possible to play without spending money, but free gameplay requires watching a lot of commercials for other apps, and a slow upgrading process encourages players to break out the cash. Read the app's privacy policy to find out about the types of information collected and shared.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 12 year old Written byalan l. October 11, 2017

game cost us around $600 without parents knowing ....

if your child has this game (or maybe any game from future games of london) then beware!!! in 2016 our child had a tablet for the first time and one of his frie... Continue reading
Adult Written byJeff P. January 16, 2019


My 5 year old boy had been playing this and purchased over $600.00 in upgrades. Biggest problem is that it looks like he is upping his coins when he is really p... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byaggron956 July 18, 2016

Only Concern is Cartoon Violence

The only things parents should be worried about is the violence and consumerism. Like mentioned above, eating fish and humans shows cartoon blood and players ar... Continue reading
Kid, 9 years old November 29, 2016

Nothing a 9 year old can't handle

Some blood but us 9 year olds know it all. It's consumerism too need to worry about you can buy gems with real money. A bit of a grind if you don't bu... Continue reading

What's it about?

HUNGRY SHARK WORLD doesn't have much of a narrative; it simply gives you control of a hungry shark and lets you eat everything in sight. The idea is to eat nonstop, avoiding bigger predators and harmful objects, thus growing as big as possible and taking on bigger prey. Steer your shark via the touchscreen and use occasional boosts to swim around various oceans looking for food. Schools of fish, crabs, turtles, and swimsuit-wearing tourists are all fair game. Without a steady stream of food, you die. Without spending real money on upgrades, it takes quite a bit of gameplay and ad watching to advance your shark to the next level.

Is it any good?

Though it takes time to get the hang of steering your starter shark, once you do the fun really kicks in. The two virtual thumbstick controls are mostly pretty good (you can get hung up in some places), and the movements of the AI fish are just random enough to look real without it being impossible to catch them. Early on, the life meter counts down very quickly, and schools of tiny fish are just not enough to keep your shark alive. Survival depends -- at first -- on eating humans. Yes, hapless swimsuit-wearing tourists must be mercilessly devoured in a cloud of blood if you want to get anywhere, and although the cartoony graphics mitigate this some, it's still disturbing. On the other hand, players not phased by dead-eyed fish with rows of razor-sharp teeth eating people are in for a lot of fun. It's cool to level your shark, not to mention buy upgrades for it with gold you've earned by eating. It's also fun earning the experience needed to unlock bigger sharks and different ocean maps. Of course, if you're not the patient type, unlocks are easily purchased. Aquatic phobias aside, this is one underwater eating contest that's well worth entering.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about violence in video games. Is having your shark eat a swimmer in this game different from a shooting game? Why, or why not?

  • Discuss the bad reputation sharks get from the media and find out how often people really get bitten. Are sharks really man-eaters, or do they serve another purpose?

  • Think about the different sharks. How many kinds of sharks can you name?

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
  • Price: Free
  • Pricing structure: Free (with optional in-app purchases)
  • Release date: May 5, 2016
  • Category: Action Games
  • Topics: Ocean Creatures
  • Size: 413.00 MB
  • Publisher: Ubisoft
  • Version: 1.0.10
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 8.0 or later, Android varies with device

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