Max Payne Mobile

App review by
Chris Morris, Common Sense Media
Max Payne Mobile App Poster Image
Flawed port of classic shooter still for adults only.

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 3 reviews

Did this review miss something on diversity?

Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive, diverse representations in books, TV shows, and movies. Want to help us help them? Suggest a diversity update

A lot or a little?

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

Educational Value

Max Payne Mobile wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

Ease of Play

The control scheme can be rearranged to place action buttons wherever you'd like on screen, but the game still does not translate well to a touchscreen. 


Nonstop. Max dodges bullets in ballet-like slow motion segments and takes on an entire army of bad guys with an arsenal of weapons, ranging from pistols to shotguns to grenade launchers. Blood is copious, and the violence includes the killing of a newborn baby. 


Prostitution is featured prominently in the game, and X-rated movies are discussed. 


Short of "f--k," just about every obscenity you can imagine is heard in the game -- from "damn" and "hell" to "bulls--t"


The app's release comes before the release of a new Max Payne console game for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, and could stir up interest in the franchise.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Max smokes, drinks, and gobbles painkillers to recover health when he's shot. The game revolves around a fictitious designer drug called Valkyr (or V) that is widely used. Max is given an overdose of it at one point. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Max Payne Mobile is a violent shooter that is not appropriate for kids; iTunes requires users to confirm they are at least 17 before purchase. The app is a direct port of the M-rated video game and features copious violence -- including the killing of a newborn baby -- drug use, prostitution, and plenty of profanity. While the graphics are dated, the slow-motion, close-up assassinations are still gritty stuff.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byWalter White January 2, 2021
Adult Written bytruecommonsense3306 November 30, 2020

A excellent shooter with over-the-top action.

I honestly don't know what to say about the "expert" review for this game. It's like the person who reviewed this went into the game expecti... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written bySalsander December 22, 2015

Not any more violent than an average shooter

Max Payne is a pretty old shooter, therefore it won't seem as visually graphic today. Enemies are shot with a variety of guns, resulting in a noticeable am... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written byEsrbFreak June 21, 2014

Good game

Good game for kids 13+ but the gameplay it self is very boring

What's it about?

Players explore the noir story by shooting their way through an organized crime family in search of the person responsible for killing the family of Max Payne. The game's signature element is \"bullet time,\" which slows time down, allowing you to dodge bullets and precisely aim shots at enemies as you dive through the air. To recover from shots you take, you'll have to gobble down painkillers.

Is it any good?

Max Payne is one of the most beloved shooters to come out in the past 15 years -- and this frame-for-frame port is likely to be welcomed by fans. The game, though, doesn't translate well to the touchscreen device, and control problems tend to mar the experience. Additionally, if you've got an older iDevice (like an original iPad or iPhone 4), the game slows down noticeably. 

The story is as overwrought as ever, and the graphics are dated, but if you can get past the control issues, it's a nostalgic trip through gaming history. But even though the game is 11 years old, it's still much too graphic for kids to play.

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
  • Price: $2.99
  • Release date: April 12, 2012
  • Category: Action Games
  • Size: 1136.64 MB
  • Publisher: Rockstar Games
  • Version: 1.0
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 4.2 or later
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

Our editors recommend

For kids who love action

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate

About these links

Common Sense Media, a nonprofit organization, earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes when you use our links to make a purchase. Thank you for your support.

Read more

Our ratings are based on child development best practices. We display the minimum age for which content is developmentally appropriate. The star rating reflects overall quality and learning potential.

Learn how we rate