Respawnables

App review by
Chris Morris, Common Sense Media
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Multiplayer shooter with nonstop violence; no blood or gore.

Parents say

age 9+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 2 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Educational value

Respawnables wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning. 

Ease of play

The game's controls are a bit awkward and there's a learning curve in figuring out how best to kill enemies, but once you get the hang of it, it's fairly intuitive. 

Violence

The point of the game is to kill anything that moves, using a variety of weapons, including automatic weapons, hand grenades, and pistols. There's no blood or gore.

Sex
Language

An occasional "damn" is shown in the onscreen text. 

Consumerism

The app is free, but upgraded weapons and customization options cost in-game currency. You'll earn this as you play, but dedicated players will likely opt for in-app purchases of that currency to speed things along. Prices for that range from $1 to $100. 

Drinking, drugs & smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Respawnables is an action game where the sole point is to kill every other player. The game has a single player mode, but attracts an audience due to its robust online multiplayer option. No personal information is exchanged, but players will face other real humans. There's nonstop violence, but no blood or gore. An occasional curse word appears on screen. And players will be tempted to purchase in-game credits to beef up their arsenal. Players can share high scores via the Game Center social network, but participation is optional.

User Reviews

Adult Written bygamer guide February 15, 2014

they are wrong

I've played this game and there is no swearing in it. On the app store its rated 9+ and that is a pretty accurate review.But its probably okay for a 7 and... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old April 23, 2014

Great fun!

This is a free shooter with loads of in app purchases, so parents, if you let your children use your credit card to buy apps, they'll use it to buy virtual... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written bycaptaingoosehead September 9, 2016

What's it about?

Players will face off against AI and real human opponents in combat matches. Movement is controlled via a virtual thumbstick on the left side of the screen, with a \"fire\" button at the bottom right. Head movements are done with another virtual thumbstick higher up on the right side. As players dispatch enemies, they'll earn virtual currency (which can be used to buy better weapons) and level up (unlocking the ability to use those weapons). Players can also use the currency to buy customization options for their character.

Is it any good?

While Respawnables isn't exactly unique, Zynga does a pretty good of taking the best elements from shooters like Team Fortress and Battlefield Heroes and bringing them to the mobile world. And the multiplayer mode seems fairly robust, with a notable number of players. 

The game's graphics are a bit janky, though. And the big push for in-app purchases is not only off-putting, it also results in a skewed gameplay balance. That said, the game doesn't severely penalize players for dying -- and it's good mindless fun in short bursts. 

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
  • Price: Free
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Release date: December 20, 2012
  • Category: Action Games
  • Size: 41.30 MB
  • Publisher: Zynga
  • Version: 1.2.2
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 4.3 or later

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