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N.O.V.A. Near Orbit Vanguard Alliance

App review by
Carla Thornton, Common Sense Media
N.O.V.A. Near Orbit Vanguard Alliance App Poster Image
Violent 1st person shooter with minimal blood.
Popular with kids

Parents say

age 8+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 20 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Ease of Play

Excellent onscreen cues and choice of control layouts help ease you into the game.


Blood splatters on the screen when you are wounded or killed by another player. Brief fistfight at the start of the game.


Mild. Your first-person character complains, "You got me by the berries."

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this super-realistic first-person shooter is violent but there's minimal blood. Online play poses no privacy risk as long as kids don't volunteer personal info.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 10 year old Written byparental advisor2000 February 24, 2011

N.O.V.A 2 is a great game

I think it's fine and has little violence but not much I say its a great game for 8+ children although it looks alot like halo its got very little violenc... Continue reading
Adult Written byDaviss February 17, 2014

N.O.V.A. 3

It's not all that violent, and there is minimal blood.
Teen, 13 years old Written bystarscore13 November 13, 2010

11+ for Blood, Gore, And Suggestive Themes.

Fun and full of action, great story mode. blood is visable when aliens are shot. a few dead bodies and gore blood smears on the ground are shown. When sniping e... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written bydr duck March 12, 2011

Is it any good?

N.O.V.A. is top-notch first-person shooter entertainment for older teens. You play an ex-Marine fighting aliens to save a space colony. Play starts in a steamy jungle and moves to gritty cargo ships. Fluid graphics and atmospheric sounds - birdsong, the crunch of boots, ragged breathing - make for terrific realism. The care to detail carries over to opposing online players, who appear as fully fleshed out soldiers, not just fleeting graphics.

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