Max Payne Mobile

Common Sense Media says

Flawed port of classic shooter still for adults only.

Age(i)

NOT FOR KIDS

Quality(i)

 

Learning(i)

What parents need to know

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. 

Violence

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. 

Sex

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

Language

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

Consumerism

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. 

Privacy & safety
Not applicable

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.

What kids can learn

What Kids Can Learn

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

What kids can learn

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

This Learning Rating review was written by Chris Morris

Parents say

Kids say

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?

QUALITY
 

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

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Teen, 17 years old Written byEsrbFreak June 21, 2014
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13
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Good game

Good game for kids 13+ but the gameplay it self is very boring
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Easy to play/use
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Parent of a 5 year old Written bymadsmooney1214 April 29, 2012
AGE
15
QUALITY
 

okay

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.

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