Common Sense Media says

Multiplayer shooter with nonstop violence; no blood or gore.






What parents need to know

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. 


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.

Not applicable

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


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
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

Some privacy concerns. Players can opt in to Apple's Game Center to track scores and achievements, and for some games, including this one, challenge friends. Players can send and receive friend requests using an email address or Game Center nickname, revealing the first and last name associated with each party's Apple ID and, in the case of email requests, the sender's email address. Players can opt to have a private or public profile, which can include a photo. With a public profile, your real name is visible to all other players, and Game Center will recommend you to other players using your real name. With a private profile, only your friends can see your real name, and Game Center will not recommend you to other players. Players can play others in multiplayer battles also, but no personal information (other than a username) is exchanged. 

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.

What kids can learn

What Kids Can Learn

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

What kids can learn

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

This Learning Rating review was written by Chris Morris

Parents say

Kids say

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
Pricing structure:Free
Release date:December 20, 2012
Category:Action Games
Size:41.30 MB
Minimum software requirements:iOS 4.3 or later

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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 weapons and clothes. Anyway. It's a shooter so of course it has violence. However no blood, gore, cuts or even bruises are present. When you kill somebody they just moan and fall to the ground. Players use pistols, shotguns, sniper rifles, assault rifles, rocket/grenade launchers, cartoony weapons such as zap guns, grenades, dynamite, land mines etc. to kill other players. There's no melee killing (so no knives or punching) Now there is mild language, however your characters don't talk. The language is in the description for a few items. For example, when you complete the tutorial, it tells you to open up the shop and it points to an assault rifle and says something like "Check out this damn good rifle, dude!" Also a description for a shirt, "Perfect for the urban combat and.. What the hell! It just looks great on you." I think even a mature 5-year-old can handle this game. If PEGI rated this game, they'd rate it 12+ for Violence and Bad Language. Great game nevertheless!
What other families should know
Easy to play/use
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Parent 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 a half year old to play it.
What other families should know
Easy to play/use
Educator and Parent Written bybazookajoe June 29, 2014

one of respawnables thieves stole my phone number to start a facebook acc. joe vargas look out you thieve

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