Identity V

App review by
Neilie Johnson, Common Sense Media
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Popular with kids
Multiplayer game makes scaring others a competitive sport.

Parents say

age 15+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 11 reviews

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Ease of Play

Quick reflexes, good coordination, strategy, nerves of steel are required for success. 


No blood in game, but scary Hunter characters chase down humans, hit them over the head, tie them to rockets. Players also attack, injure other characters with blunt objects.


Unmoderated chat could expose players to inappropriate content.


Purchases of skills with real money makes things easier at the start, but aren't necessary; you can earn the skills by playing as well.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Identity V is a competitive free-to-play one-vs.-four (1v4) online multiplayer game for iOS and Android devices. The gameplay features cartoon violence and mild elements of horror. Violence is the core of gameplay, and player characters are shown hitting other player characters or being hit with blunt objects and injured. Some player characters are also tied to rocket chairs and shot into the air (where they're presumably killed). In-app chat could contain player-generated profanity or inappropriate references to alcohol, sex, or drugs. The game also pushes for players to spend money for skills that can be earned by playing the game. 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

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byVeritasio November 3, 2020

Not for actual gamers

I played ID V now for almost two years.
Also played it when it was actually scary and harder to play... i mean.. WAY harder to play as survivor then this child... Continue reading
Adult Written byPls.neft.hunter October 12, 2019

Let's raise the fairness of the game to the top

Please reduce the hunter power, move too fast, hit too far, everyone wants to choose the hunter.Chicken hunter can win against survior but Chicken survior canno... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old December 12, 2018

Full of fun

Identity v is full of fun, team work and an excellent story line!

Swearing: Identity v has a chat room where people can ask to play a match with someone, ask... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byneneki May 10, 2021

A great game - but be cautious!

Identity V, in itself, is not an inherently inappropriate game. In the main quick match part of the game, you work with others (teamwork) to escape the hunter i... Continue reading

What's it about?

IDENTITY V is a freemium online multiplayer game where players search for the lost memories of a writer-turned-gumshoe hired to investigate a creepy manor house. Once there, they discover a mysterious game's taken place, where four everyday people (called Survivors) are thrown into an enclosure with a bat-wielding maniac (called a Hunter) and tasked with finding a way to escape. Players choose roles in a matchmaking lobby (Survivor or Hunter) and go head-to-head, chasing Survivors or hacking security panels. Survivors earn points working independently or together to avoid being killed, and Hunters earn points by effectively eliminating Survivors. The detective's story unfolds as matches are played, and players earn in-game currency, skill points, and rewards such as alternate character costumes. Both Hunters and Survivors become more powerful by spending points on useful skills, and weekly events give players further opportunities to earn in-game rewards.

Is it any good?

Much like a well-written detective story, what looks at first like a simple multiplayer action game concept reveals itself to be much more complex and intriguing. Identity V starts with a spooky manor and an amnesiac detective, both of which make it seem that players are in for a linear storyline. But a few minutes in, it becomes apparent that this is a much more dynamic mix of role-playing and competitive versus play. Rather than skulking around a dusky mansion, players are running for their lives from a masked marauder and working with (or actively betraying) a team full of panicked strangers. Survivors come from all walks of life: doctors, thieves, gardeners, magicians. Hunters (who can be characters like a scary clown, a circus freak, a scarecrow, or Jack the Ripper) come from the ninth circle of hell. No matter which role you choose, though -- hunter or hunted -- Identity V does an amazing job of creating tension and suspense. Without question, your heart will pound. Things get even more exciting as you collect more Survivors and Hunters and level them up. The good news for parents is: The scare level never goes overboard, thanks to the blood-free cartoony animations and whimsical Tim Burton-like graphics. Even better news: The app is easy on the pocket book. The fun isn't interrupted by annoying ads, and while buying currency can make things move faster, it's totally possible to play for free. Identity V is well worth the download if you and your kids love a good scare.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how to handle scary things. What's a productive way to reassure yourself when something's too scary? 

  • Do you think heroes are never scared, or do they do things in spite of their fear? 

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Release date: July 5, 2018
  • Category: Action Games
  • Size: 967.10 MB
  • Publisher: NetEase Games
  • Version: 1.0.14
  • Minimum software requirements: Requires iOS 6.0 or later; Android 4.1 and up
  • Last updated: March 20, 2021

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