A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Ease of Play
The game guides users through the experience, step by step, and provides lots of detail.
Violence & Scariness
Characters almost brawl, but pull back.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Direct nudity isn't featured, but women appear in barely-there bathing suits, and there's plenty of sexual banter. Some male and female contestants share a bed hours after meeting and discuss whether or not they'll have sex that night, and some also share details from past sexual experiences.
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Characters aren't shy about making crude jokes or exchanging insults at various points.
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Products & Purchases
Ads are shown after each episode, and players can buy packages of gem and passes that range from $1.99 to $4.99.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters drink champagne and talk about cocktails.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Love Island The Game is a relationship simulation for iOS and Android devices. Some might feel pressured to spend money to purchase gems for in-game clothing and conversations, and they probably won't be able to watch unlimited episodes consecutively without buying additional passes. The app doesn't inundate users with ads -- they see one after watching an episode, but the episodes are long enough that the ads feel spaced out, although some are a bit racy. A fair amount of the content actually seems to be intended for an older audience. In addition to drinking, angry outbursts, and insults, characters frequently flirt and slip sexual insinuations into conversations, along with more overt comments.
Is It Any Good?
Players may enjoy directing conversations, finding out where the storyline goes, and trying to decipher other people's personalities, but the scenarios are really for mature players only. In Love Island: The Game, players pair characters together and try to discuss their relationships over a series of episodes. Characters' feelings toward you are revealed in emoticons that appear after you speak, and the plot takes interesting turns at times. But to spend gems frequently on deluxe outfits or character interactions, though, you'll need to pay real money, because you only earn one gem per episode. Fortunately, your character's basic clothes are provided, and the conversations that cost gems aren't necessary to keep playing, so players should be able to watch and participate in episodes without cost -- at least for awhile. After finishing a few, you'll burn through the passes required to view them and will have to either wait for them to be replenished, or buy some with real-life money.
The viewing episode pauses are just one issue. Parents may not be crazy about the daytime drinking and sexually charged conversations that can occur. Characters discuss thinking other people have had sex, try to peek at a male contestant in the shower, and comment on how he looks naked when he exits it -- and that's just in the first few episodes. Some of the other behavior isn't great, either; two characters nearly get in a physical fight, and various female contestants seem frequently devious and jealous. Love Island The Game might serve as a fun way for adult fans of the show to experience what it'd be like to take part in it, but younger users would likely be better off staying ashore.
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