Pixel Gun 3D

App review by
Chris Morris, Common Sense Media
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Decent action shooter with loads of privacy concerns.

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 58 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 85 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Ease of Play

As with many shooters on mobile devices, the control scheme works better on a tablet -- and can be overly complicated and imprecise -- but it works as well here as it does in other games. 

Violence

The entire point of the game is kill or be killed. Players will shoot either the avatars of other players in live death matches or compete against artificial intelligence enemies. When they're hit, the screen flashes with red. It's worth noting the graphics in the game are very blocky, so the impact of the violence is muted somewhat. 

Sex

Players can create their own "skins" for their avatars, opening up a potential Pandora's box of questionable content. 

Language

Players can send messages to others, which may contain inappropriate language. 

Consumerism

Coins, which allow the player to unlock new skins and items, can be purchased with real-world funds in amounts ranging from $1 to $100. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Pixel Gun 3D is a multiplayer shooter with a vibrant (and open) chat and messaging system, which could expose kids to just about anything. Although there's a reporting system for objectionable content, players regularly play with and against strangers. The point of the game is to kill or be killed, again making it a poor choice for kids, though they'll likely be drawn to it due to its art style, which is similar to the very successful Minecraft

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent Written bySarah A. December 11, 2017

Never judge a book by it's cover.

I have seen many other parents giving this game a pathetic review, only because of the "public chat". Now I have been homeschooling my 10 year old so... Continue reading
Adult Written byGaudiercake9879 April 6, 2020

It’s not an 18

Pixel Gun 3D is a fps for kids and i think that it is great and suitable for everyone.
However if you go to the sandbox mode, your likely to see people dating a... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written bynikeultra13ac July 7, 2015

love this game but...

I've spent $10 on this game in the past year and this is a concern as long as you can control yourself and can handle a little violence you should be good
Kid, 11 years old January 12, 2015
Pixel gun 3D is a free fps game with barely any violence And is a young start to shooter games.

What's it about?

Players control their on-screen personas by moving them back and forth with a virtual thumbstick on the left side of the screen and adjust their view with a virtual thumbstick on the right. To fire, jump, or reload, they tap the appropriate buttons on-screen. The game consists of two modes: a single-player survival mode, which largely consists of shooting zombies and skeletons; and multiplayer mode, wherein you battle live opponents. The game also offers a skin maker, allowing players to customize their own in-game appearances and export them as graphic files for Minecraft

Is it any good?

As a multiplayer shooter for adults PIXEL GUN 3D isn't bad. It has a robust multiplayer community, and, although the controls have the same limitations as many mobile shooters, they're not bad. The weapon selection is moderate and the maps are small, but it's a fun diversion for a few minutes. 

For kids, though, this is a game rife with potential problems. The open chat and messaging system aren't screened, which could result in inappropriate conversations, bullying, or worse. And it's a game that's solely about killing, without even the smoke screen of a higher purpose. The Minecraft-like graphics might make the game appealing to younger players, but it's definitely inappropriate for them. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about talking with strangers and not giving out personal information online. 

  • Families also can talk about conflict resolution and why violence is a last resort. 

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
  • Price: Free (with in-app purchases)
  • Pricing structure: Free (Coins, which allow the player to unlock new skins and items, can be purchased with real-world funds in amounts ranging from $1 to $100.)
  • Release date: September 17, 2014
  • Category: Action Games
  • Size: 278.00 MB
  • Publisher: Alex Krasnov
  • Version: 7.1.0
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 5.0 or later; Android 2.3 and up
  • Last updated: May 22, 2019

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