Real Steel

Common Sense Media says

Movie tie-in a disappointing, by-the-numbers fighter.

Age(i)

2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17

Quality(i)

 

What parents need to know

Ease of play

The game is a basic fighter, meaning button mashing is as good a way to learn the ropes as any other. Controls are sometimes unresponsive, though, which can be frustrating. 

Violence

Giant robots fight using a series of punches. When one is nearly disabled, the other can end the fight with a finishing move that can be brutal, such has a giant hammer knocking off an opponent's head. No harm is ever shown to humans, though. 

Sex
Not applicable
Language

Occasional use of words like "hell."

Consumerism

The game exists solely as a tie-in to and promotional vehicle for the movie Real Steel. In addition, users can pay for expansion packs featuring other robots (including some seen in the film). 

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

Some privacy concerns. Users can opt in to OpenFeint, an interactive network that allows users to upload real avatar photos, post on message boards, connect with Facebook friends or Twitter followers, and access live chat with strangers. Users can opt in to Game Center to track achievements instead; it does not have chat and connections to other social media within the app.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Real Steel is a movie tie-in property that centers on a film about fighting robots. As in the Mortal Kombat games, the robots bash each other endlessly until one runs out of health and falls. Also like that fighter, the robots also have brutal finishing moves, but there's no blood (naturally). Users can share high scores via Open Feint and Game Center, but participation is optional.

Parents say

Not yet rated
Review this title!

Kids say

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

In theory, the idea of giant robots whaling on each other is a good one. In practice, though, it falls short -- at least in REAL STEEL. The moves are too similar among the robots and the action is less fluid than you would expect from a game that borrows so liberally from Mortal Kombat. The result is a generic fighting game with a few so-so bells and whistles that fail to cover up its weaknesses. 

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
Price:$.99
Release date:January 27, 2012
Category:Action Games
Size:135.00 MB
Publisher:Jump Games Pvt.Ltd.
Version:1.0.7
Minimum software requirements:iOS 3.1.3 or later; Android 2.0.1 and up

This review of Real Steel was written by

About our rating system

  • ON: Content is age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • PAUSE: Know your child; some content may not be right for some kids.
  • OFF: Not age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • NOT FOR KIDS: Not appropriate for kids of any age.

Find out more

Quality

Our star rating assesses the media's overall quality.

Find out more

Learning ratings

  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

Find out more

About our buy links

When you use our links to make a purchase, Common Sense Media earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes. As a nonprofit organization, these funds help us continue providing independent, ad-free services for educators, families, and kids while the price you pay remains the same. Thank you for your support.
Read more

See more about how we rate and review.

What parents and kids say

See all user reviews

Share your thoughts with other parents and kids Write a user review

A safe community is important to us. Please observe our guidelines

Kid, 12 years old August 3, 2013
AGE
14
QUALITY
 

Worst game EVER

The game is disappointing. It's hard to get used to the controls and to top it off the graphics are not so good. And you start off with 6 robots. Then you have to buy the 9 others. Which is ridiculous. The fights are pretty similar as well. It's just a new arena and a new opponent. Utter waste of money!
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much consumerism
Safety and privacy concerns
Teen, 13 years old Written byShadowofchaos41 February 21, 2012
AGE
12
QUALITY
 

So dissapointing

It was stuipid, and a rip off of the movie Rocky. It was very slow throughout the movie and nothing exiting happens
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Teen, 15 years old Written byOfficial Critic June 5, 2012
AGE
9
QUALITY
 

Disappointing adaptation of the movie

GAME INFO: An disappointing game adaptation of the movie. The controls are pretty hard to use. Not very addictive as well. VIOLENCE: Low-Medium. Lots of robot fistfights and punches. No graphical/bloody scenes. LANGUAGE: None. SEX: None.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much consumerism
Safety and privacy concerns

Poll

Did our review help you make an informed decision about this product?

Essential Apps Guide