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MetalStorm: Online

App review by
Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media
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Fun multiplayer "freemium" game for aerial combat fans.

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 5 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Ease of Play

Using the iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch's built-in sensors, the aircraft in the game are fairly easy to maneuver as you tilt the device side to side. Buttons on each side of the screen are used for firing weapons, accelerating, and so on.


While not graphic, the game's primary objective is to shoot weapons at enemy aircraft to blow them up -- before they can do the same to you.



The game is free but players can spend real money on in-app purchases. On the iPhone, ads appear on the menu screen.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that gamers need to have a (free) Game Center account in order to play MetalStorm: Online. Game Center is Apple's community-based online gaming hub with matchmaking and challenges, Top 10 game lists (showing what your friends are playing), global leaderboards and an Xbox Live-like achievement system. Though not graphic, the game involves violence, as you shoot to destroy enemy aircraft. Some might feel this game trivializes the work of the U.S. military. Parents should also know this game is free but to unlock all the goodies there's an in-app purchase option. Players can also talk with strangers while playing this online game; an option lets you voice chat with the person you're playing with, and there is no one monitoring the conversation. During our review of the app, we couldn't find any other players who had activated the voice chat feature.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 11 year old Written byJswurd July 31, 2015

Violent explosions and gun fight, but fun!

The point of this game is to blow up other air planes before they do it to you. I'm campaign mode people swear occasionally using either da-- or in one cas... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old January 7, 2012


I like this game. Not so good for kids younger than 10, because you control a plane and you shoot enemies. No graphic violence though.
Teen, 13 years old Written byTurtlelover70 June 23, 2013


I play this game and there is a lot of violence but cussing is the real problem. In campaign they say h*ll and d*mn

Is it any good?

iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch gamers craving something a little more intense than Angry Birds might consider downloading METALSTORM: ONLINE, a free aerial combat simulation that allows you to play online (Wi-Fi or 3G) against other players in real-time battles. You'll select an aircraft and weapon loadout before tilting your Apple device left and right to maneuver the fighter jet (and tapping to shoot missiles at enemy aircraft). MetalStorm: Online is a looker, as it features attractive 3-D graphics, fiery explosions, and realistic-looking mountains below you. Gamers can play against one another, engage in a cooperative mode, or play against the computer. The "freemium" title is free to play, but you'll likely want to buy virtual coins to spend at the in-game store for more goodies, such as better aircraft, weapons, and more. You'll also get credits for free by performing well, which can also be used as currency. Gamers in search of a modern aerial combat sim to play on their favorite iOS device should climb into the cockpit of the free MetalStorm: Online.

App details

For kids who love action and simulation apps

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