A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
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 & Scariness
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.
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Along with the expected "hell" and "damn," characters regularly use words like "s--t" and "f--k".
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Products & Purchases
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.
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.
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.
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