Men in Black 3

Common Sense Media says

Running agency fun at first, but it's easy to lose interest.

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What parents need to know

Ease of play

Easy to play with an up-front tutorial and lots of guidance. The arrows show players where to go next, and it's relatively easy to level up quickly. Loading the app itself as well as certain screens can be slow at times, and there have been some reported crashes.

Violence

The premise is battling aliens, so there are many of images of different weaponry, gun use, standoffs, and shooting. Agents say stuff like, "You're dead." When there's a killing, it's not overly gory, just a small explosion or alien green goo on the ground. Agents are "recruited" based on their ability in combat, physical skills, and intellect.

Sex

Some risque dress (very short shorts, for example) on women in the background scenes on the app. The female agent player's character, however, dresses conservatively in a pencil skirt and jacket.

Language

The word "damn" is used. Also, characters say things in the heat of battle like "you're dead."

Consumerism

In-app purchases (for "T-Pulses" or Credits) are somewhat confusing and cost anywhere from $1.99 to $99.99. It's not made clear exactly what can and cannot be done with (or without) the in-app purchases, leaving players wondering how far they can get in the free game without a purchase. A tab for "more free games" exists on all screens. The Columbia Pictures logo appears on the main intro screen and, of course, the entire app is a quasi-ad for the movie.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

Players can post activity and invite their friends to play the game via Facebook and Gameloft LIVE. The Gameloft LIVE service is an interactive network that requires personal information such as a valid email address. Within this service, you can connect to buddy lists, a message inbox, and a list of supported Gameloft games. A live communication feature allows users to potentially chat (via text) online in various forums with strangers.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Men in Black 3 is the "official" game of the movie sequel that puts players in charge of the MIB agency. By building structures, recruiting agents, and battling aliens, players explore a virtual New York City in both 1969 and 2012 and save mankind. Players can also invite friends via Gameloft LIVE and Facebook and help each other during fights. In-app purchases run from $1.99 to $99.99. MIB III movie fans will see lots of recognizable characters and movie references.

What kids can learn

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • decision-making
  • prediction
  • strategy

Collaboration

  • cooperation

What Kids Can Learn

Men in Black 3 wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

What kids can learn

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • decision-making
  • prediction
  • strategy

Collaboration

  • cooperation

Men in Black 3 wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

This Learning Rating review was written by Dana Villamagna

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What's it about?

The Men in Black 3 app puts players in charge of building an MIB agency, choosing and training agents, and battling aliens in two different time periods, 1969 and 2012. A lot of the game surrounds building structures, making choices, using weapons, and killing aliens. When the aliens die, they just sort of \"poof!\" and players see green slime.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

The graphics in the Men in Black 3 app are beautiful, and navigating this game is so easy -- instructions and arrows guide or point players everywhere -- that experienced game players may find this game fun at first but quickly boring. Yet it's not completely suitable for younger players, either, with language that includes "damn" and "you're dead" and lots of weaponry, as well as in-app purchases that run from $1.99 to $99.99. That said, MIB 3 movie fans will enjoy the recognizable characters and movie references.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
Price:Free
Pricing structure:Free
Release date:June 6, 2012
Category:Action Games
Topics:Space and aliens
Size:27.30 MB
Publisher:Gameloft
Version:1.0.1
Minimum software requirements:iOS 4.0 or later

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Kid, 12 years old May 31, 2013
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Gruesome

Whoever rated this movie PG must be purposely trying to scare young children. Am 13 and found some parts in movie scary and wierd, aliens head ripped off and used as bowling ball, man/aliens skin coming apart revealing claws!

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