Resident Evil 4

App review by
Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media
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Polished survival horror app is violent but not gory.

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 3 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Ease of Play

The touch-screen controls are easy to grasp, but the need to stop in order to aim and fire weapons could prove a frustrating obstacle for players used to “run-and-gun” shooters.

Violence

Players use guns and a knife to stave off zombie-like attackers who try to grapple, bite, and stab them with bladed weapons. There is no blood or gore, but the action can become pretty intense, with detailed, growling creatures looming large on the iPhone or iPad’s display.

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Consumerism

This app is based on the very popular Resident Evil 4 video game.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Resident Evil 4 is a “survival horror” game that pits players against zombie-like creatures. The extreme violence found in the original Resident Evil 4 for consoles has been tamed considerably; there is no blood or gore to be found here. However, the game’s dark tone, realistic graphics, and focus on fighting still lend it the atmosphere of a game designed for older players.

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byTheAwsomePerent July 2, 2020
This is not so scary as the console versions
Teen, 15 years old Written bychriz123 April 25, 2011

good for tweens and teens

lotsa fun i played through a few times ... not for little kids but nothing objectional for like 10+
Teen, 14 years old Written bydr duck January 28, 2011

Title is violent, but realtively tame. Teens.

This is a bloodless remake, that said the game is still violent. While the game is mostly aimed for adults it is fine for teens.

Is it any good?

A scaled down port of the classic console horror game that saw a special agent searching zombie-infested European countryside for the President’s kidnapped daughter, RESIDENT EVIL 4 retains much of what players loved about the original. Players can still freely navigate the dilapidated but detailed 3-D environments, and the zombie-slaying action feels surprising similar -- which means that it’s still not for young kids (though the developers have left out the original videogame's blood and gore).

The story isn’t as cinematic or seamless as it is in the console editions, and the touch-screen controls -- which still require players to stop and aim before shooting -- aren’t as tight or precise as one might hope, but Capcom has done a commendable job porting such a complex game to Apple’s platform. Franchise fans should be pleased.

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
  • Price: $1.99-6.99
  • Release date: August 20, 2010
  • Category: Action Games
  • Publisher: CAPCOM
  • Version: 1.01.01
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 3.0 or later
  • Last updated: June 19, 2019

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