PewDiePie's Tuber Simulator

App review by
Patricia Montic..., Common Sense Media
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Fun but cynical YouTuber sim; watch in-app buys, privacy.

Parents say

age 8+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 3 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Educational Value

Created for entertainment and not with educational intent.

Ease of Play

Navigation tricky at first, but PewDiePie himself walks you through how to use the app on first launch, and it's easy to replay the instructions.

Violence

Some of the randomly generated video titles might a bit violent or scary, but there's no real violence here.

Sex

Some provocative language can appear in the randomly generated video titles, but there's nothing explicitly sexual within the app.

Language

PewDiePie's in-game avatar uses the same mostly good-humored but often foul language he uses on YouTube: Expect damn, "s--t," and other swearing to appear in narration and in speech bubbles.

Consumerism

Though you can play the game for free, it's enormously appealing to spend a dollar -- or more -- throughout to speed up gameplay and access more in-game accessories. There are links to buy other PewDiePie apps from the same developer, and some video pop-up ads appear periodically. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

PewDiePie's character makes some references to drinking and drugs, though these activities do not appear explicitly in the app.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that PewDiePie's Tuber Simulator is a simulation game all about what it takes to become a YouTube star. The game was created by YouTube personality PewDiePie (aka Felix Kjellberg), and his trademark crass humor and good spirits are on display throughout the gameplay. Users can access all the app's features for free, but you can make in-app purchases to make gameplay go faster and access more in-app rewards. The game can be played offline, but its social features and in-app purchases require an internet connection. Note that the developer has no privacy policy in place, so there's no way to know the types of information collected and shared. Additionally, PewDiePie came under fire in 2017 for posting anti-Semitic videos and imagery, and his Disney-owned studio dropped him. YouTube also canceled his show.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byJohn W. March 4, 2017

Great Game For Kids!

I visited this site to see if this game was a good fit for my son. I saw these reviews and I was slightly hesitant to let my son download this.I checked it out... Continue reading
Adult Written bycoverkin7 July 26, 2018

Kid Friendly

A simulator that lets you be a youtuber making videos, getting subscribers, views, and likes all for free. Game does not save if your offline and then exit.
Teen, 15 years old Written byMistaLOD October 15, 2016

Fun Idle Game

I very much agree with the review up there, however, the amount of money that you actually spent in this game is little to none. All ads are optional and are on... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byMohak October 11, 2016

Awesome!

This game is awesome.... u hve millions of options to decorate ur room and find friends.... some mild language like s--t but tht is also censored.... really lik... Continue reading

What's it about?

PEWDIEPIE'S YOUTUBER SIMULATOR is a simulation app where users can create videos and earn views and subscribers. To create a video, you select one of three potential, randomly generated titles, including "I'm a Tree Hugger" and "Mourning My Digipet." Then choose two icons that represent a genre, such as nature or gaming. Earning views and subscribers lets you earn in-app currency, or "bux," which can be used to purchase accessories for your "room" where your avatar records videos. While you wait for your bux-purchased loot to arrive, you can play Puggle, a mini-game where you guide a cartoon pug through a pinball game. Users can also complete quests to earn brain points, which let you level up your abilities in the game, such as creating multiple videos at once. While you can play the game solo and for free, you can also connect the app to social media and your device's game center. You can also make in-app purchases to speed up your shipping and buy more bux.

Is it any good?

Tweens and teens will love this superficial peek into the life of a "Tuber," but be aware that it's mostly about making and spending money -- both within the game and real life. To be clear, this game is pretty appealing: It's fun and addicting to upload videos, gain subscribers, earn bux, and fill your room with increasingly cool furniture. Even the time-wasting pug pinball game is amusing while you wait for new shipments to arrive. Still, it's telling that this game is less about creating the content than it is about making money and acquiring new things. Video making is almost an afterthought: You pick from some preselected titles and earn viewers and subscribers based on the trending topics you follow and boosts you earn or buy, but that's really the only time content creation happens. In terms of gameplay, that's fine, but be prepared to feel a little cynical since it seems like being a YouTuber is more about money and influence than it is about creating high-quality content. Also, PewDiePie's trademark profanity and irreverence are on full display here throughout the in-app instructions and within the gameplay, so parents who object to that content should beware. Of course, there are ads and lots of potential in-app purchases, so set expectations about spending money accordingly.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about YouTube stars. PewDiePie is the most popular channel on YouTube with more than 40 million followers, and apps like PewDiePie's Tuber Simulator and Pewdiebot are extensions of that popularity. Learn more about YouTube stars kids love.

  • Talk to kids about safely using YouTube, and read our Parent's Ultimate Guide to YouTube

  • Talk about what it really would be like to attempt a career as a YouTuber. How would you make decisions about what kinds of videos to make and share? 

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
  • Price: Free
  • Pricing structure: Free (with optional in-app purchases from $.99 to $99.99)
  • Release date: October 5, 2016
  • Category: Simulation Games
  • Size: 155.00 MB
  • Publisher: Outerminds Inc.
  • Version: 1.0.4
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 8.0 or later; Android 4.0.3 and up

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