Rules of Survival

App review by
Paul Semel, Common Sense Media
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Awkward online shooter best left only to mature players.

Parents say

age 9+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 6 reviews

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Ease of Play

Awkward controls.


Players use a variety of guns and grenades as well as their fists and vehicles to kill human enemies, though there's no blood, gore.


Some outfits for rather endowed female avatars are revealing, fetishistic.


Players use real-world money to buy diamonds, which are then used to buy outfits.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Rules of Survival is an online shooter in which players engage in a Hunger Games-like battle to the death. But while they use a variety of guns, grenades, and vehicles, as well as their fists and moving vehicles, to kill other humans, there's no blood or gore. Using in-game currency earned or bought with real money, players can purchase various outfits, include some for female avatars that are skimpy, fetishistic, or incapable of covering their ample bosom. Read the app's privacy policy on the game's website to find out about the information collected and shared.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bySally H. February 18, 2018

The age rating is silly

The age rating is silly as the game has no blood and my child is absolutely fine with it and he is 12.
Adult Written byLASTWAR December 5, 2019
Teen, 13 years old Written byCaleb Almeida February 7, 2018

Good Game

I have played this more than a few times and I have been impressed by how easy it is to play. As well as there not being any swearing, nudity, or excessive amou... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byJellyeyeball November 26, 2020
I think it should be 12+ because kids seem to use it in a bad way such as the mic and the profile pic and they catfish others to believe they are something hey... Continue reading

What's it about?

In RULES OF SURVIVAL, you parachute into a battle zone and, after locating weapons and armor, have to survive as long as you can against up to 119 enemies, all of whom know the only rule here is kill or be killed. As time progresses, the battlefield shrinks -- being caught outside it is deadly -- and the risk of being caught in a random bombing increases. But if you can outlast the rest, you'll be the king of the hill.

Is it any good?

Thanks to its awkward controls, this take on the popular battle royale kind of online shooter doesn't work as well as its computer and console counterparts. Like the wildly popular PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, Rules of Survival is a third-person, last-person-standing shooter in which you and 119 other online players get dropped into a war zone and, after (hopefully) locating weapons and armor, have to battle it out until only one person remains. As time goes on, the battlefield slowly shrinks -- being caught outside of it is deadly -- while the risk of being caught in a random bombing increases. But while this kind of Hunger Games-esque online shooter can be fun, it works much, much better when you have a controller and don't have to use the typically awkward controls that undermine nearly every third-person shooter on tablets. It also doesn't help that the battlefields are so large that it takes forever to find anyone to shoot: It's possible to go 5-10 minutes before you see any other players. The game also takes an unusually long time to load and occasionally suffers from glitches that make it stutter. Which is why Rules of Survival doesn't, well, rule.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about violence in video games. Does it make you feel differently that your enemies in Rules of Survival are human, as opposed to aliens, animals, or monsters? Why do you think that is?

  • Talk about appropriate clothing. If you were in a fight to the death, would you wear a miniskirt and a leather vest, or would it be better to wear something more practical?

  • Discuss money management. In this game, you can spend real money to buy virtual outfits, but does this seem like a good use of your money?

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
  • Price: free with microtransactions
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Release date: January 18, 2018
  • Category: Action Games
  • Size: 672.00 MB
  • Publisher: NetEase Games
  • Version: 1.0.8
  • Minimum software requirements: Requires iOS 9.0 or later; Android 4.0 and up
  • Last updated: October 21, 2020

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