Modern Combat 4: Zero Hour

App review by
Chris Morris, Common Sense Media
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Violent shooter with domestic terrorism theme; adults only.

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 6 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Educational Value

Modern Combat 4: Zero Hour wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

Ease of Play

The controls for the game aren't optimal, but players can move buttons wherever they want on screen to customize the interface to their play style. The game allows players to choose their level of difficulty -- from easy to nightmare.

Violence

There's nonstop violence in the game, with copious amounts of blood. When your player is shot, the screen turns red with blood splatters. Players can also slit enemy throats with knives. The game's weapons include automatic rifles, sniper rifles, unmanned drones, and grenades. Players are rewarded in the game for killing opponents.

Sex
Language

Along with the expected "hell" and "damn," characters regularly use words like "s--t" and "f--k".

Consumerism

Players can "buy" weapons and can pay to skip missions with credits earned in-game. Those same credits are available via in-app purchase, for prices ranging from $2 to $100. Links on the main menu screen promote other apps by the publisher. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Modern Combat 4: Zero Hour is a violent, mature game that is not appropriate for children. In addition to the nonstop violence, in which humans kill each other and use technological weapons to do the same, there are copious obscenities and a storyline revolving around domestic terrorism. The Gameloft Live! opt-in feature allows players to connect to strangers, including the ability to text chat online with others.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byHonestreviews48 April 11, 2013

It's OK

This is a very good game with pixelated blood and not too many swear words. If you're not letting your child play this and he or she is 11+ it's okay... Continue reading
Adult Written byBlobymmobby December 20, 2012

12+ should be fine

Thi game very rarely uses and cussing but when it does it is intense. Violnece is not a real issue but blood is seen on the screen and of course you use guns. J... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written bySalsander December 26, 2013

Run of the mill shooter isn't terribly inappropriate

Modern Combat 4: Zero Hour is just another generic shooter. It doesn't feature any more violence than any other shooter you will find nowadays. Most of the... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old April 11, 2013

cool game

It's a good game for kids and should be okay for kids to play with not too much violence or swearing.

What's it about?

Players control their movement with either a pair of virtual joysticks or one stick and their device's gyroscope. Buttons used to shoot, run, use the gun's scope, etc., can be moved around the screen to optimize the layout for individual play styles. The game's multiplayer is the focus, letting players pick from several game types and earn credits for kills, assists, and completing objectives. (These credits can be used to purchase weapons.) Players also choose one of four specializations: Intervention, Front Line, Support, and Stealth, which aid in personalization.

Is it any good?

Modern Combat 4: Zero Hour might not be for kids, but adults looking for an action-packed multiplayer mobile game will enjoy what they find. While the game, like its predecessors, is an homage to/rip-off of the most recent entry in the Call of Duty series, it is polished and offers both stellar graphics and great online play. 

The campaign is fairly cliche (except for an unexpected twist where you play as the terrorist for a couple levels), but multiplayer rooms are well-populated and the game offers plenty of customization options. The game fails to make any notable improvements from its predecessor (Modern Combat 3: Fallen Nation), but it's still a solid action game for grown-ups. 

App details

For kids who love action

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