Modern Combat 4: Zero Hour

Common Sense Media says

Violent shooter with domestic terrorism theme; adults only.

Age(i)

NOT FOR KIDS

Quality(i)

 

Learning(i)

What parents need to know

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
Not applicable
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
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

Some privacy concerns. Players can sign up for the Gameloft Live! service, an interactive network that requires personal information such as a valid email address. Within this service, you can connect to buddy lists, email 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 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.

What kids can learn

What Kids Can Learn

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

What kids can learn

Modern Combat 4: Zero Hour 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 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?

QUALITY
 

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

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
Price:$6.99
Release date:December 6, 2012
Category:Action Games
Size:1577.00 MB
Publisher:Gameloft
Version:1.0.0
Minimum software requirements:iOS 4.3 or later; Android 2.3 and up

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Parent Written byBlobymmobby December 20, 2012
AGE
12
QUALITY
 

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. Just like MC3 i give this on for 12 and up.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Parent Written byHonestreviews48 April 11, 2013
AGE
10
QUALITY
 

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 for them to play this, don't restrict your kids from this.
Parent Written byParent guy 8 January 2, 2013
AGE
12
QUALITY
 

Nothing for kids under 10

Not bad ! May be violence but not bad ! There is no bad Language ! May be a little Drugs but no sexuel stuff .
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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