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Left to Survive

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Chris Morris, Common Sense Media
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Bland play, frequent cash requests overcome fast-paced play.

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Ease of Play

Presents an adequate challenge, ramping things up as you make progress. 

Violence

Entire game is spent killing zombies with a wide array of weapons, usually guns, rifles. Enemies frequently explode into bits, with blood and gore remaining on-screen for a while.

Sex
Language
Consumerism

Drives home idea that you'll need bigger and better guns as you progress -- and in-app spending with real money is the fastest way to get them. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Left to Survive is an action shooter game for iOS and Android devices. In the game, players must kill waves of zombies and other monsters to survive. The action is largely nonstop violence, with the single-player portion focusing on killing the undead with a variety of weapons, including pistols and rifles. Some zombies explode and their parts litter the ground, but player vs. player lets human characters kill other human characters. There are some elements of helping society, as you build your base, but action is the main focus. In-app purchases with real money become much more tempting the further you progress in the game as well, particularly to gain larger, more powerful weaponry. 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.

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What's it about?

The plot in LEFT TO SURVIVE is a pretty standard one for a zombie game: You're among the last survivors of humanity and you'll have to lead a group of fighters to save yourself from hordes of the undead. To do so, you'll need to shoot them (either in the head or several times in the torso) using rifles, shotguns, or other weapons, including grenades. At the same time, you'll fortify your base, gathering resources to improve your arsenal while trying to recruit other survivors. Players can compete against each other in solo or two-against-two player vs. player (PvP) matches. 

Is it any good?

This zombie game resembles the undead because it shuffles along without any creativity, becoming a mere shadow of scarier material. Left to Survive is mildly better than some games in this monster genre, but it suffers from an abundance of following gameplay features found in other games. The zombies, while certainly well animated, don't show many unique qualities, and the base building game is average. What salvages the game from being forgettable is its well-paced action and a solid PvP mode. It also wisely keeps mission times short, so players can squeeze in a battle or two between trying to get other things done. 

The controls are intuitive and the game does offer some diversity with the characters you can interact with, but the deeper you go, the more critical it is to have advanced weaponry. Although you can earn that through in-game currency, it takes a while to gather that. It's a fairly blatant effort to steer players into cash transactions instead, and you're constantly being pitched deals on more powerful weapons for real money. While Left to Survive could have broken new ground in the zombie destruction category, its reliance on bland gameplay and constant requests for cash makes it hungrier for wallets than brains.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about making choices when in an impossible situation. How do you balance survival with the need to maintain your humanity?

  • Families can talk about violence in video games. Is the impact of the violence in Left to Survive affected by the fact that you're mainly fighting against undead creatures? Is it intensified when you happen to be fighting against other human players, even though you never see the person you're playing against?

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