A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
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.
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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.
Our editors recommend
For kids who love action
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