Skullgirls

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Paul Semel, Common Sense Media
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Tough, complicated, slightly racy fighting game.

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Ease of Play

Controls are very complex, game is difficult.

Violence

Players use their fists, feet, guns, other items to beat people up. But there's no blood, gore.

Sex

Many female characters have revealing clothing, some have heaving cleavage.

Language
Consumerism

Real-world money can be used to purchase in-game currency, which is used to upgrade characters.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Skullgirls is a two-dimensional fighting game where players use their first, feet, guns, and other items to beat people up. But it's all rather cartoonish; there's no blood or gore. There's also no drinking, drugging, or cursing. But there are scantily clad female characters, some of whom are wearing short skirts, while others have low-cut tops that show off their ample, and rather mobile, breasts. Players can also spend real-world money on in-game currency, which is then used to upgrade their fighters. Read the app's privacy policy in the "Help" section of the "Options" menu or on the game's website to find out about the information collected and shared.

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What's it about?

Like the version on consoles and computers, the mobile version of SKULLGIRLS has people beating each other up in hopes of getting the Skull Heart and defeating the evil Skullgirl. Why you want it so bad depends on which character you play as in this 2D fighting game; everyone has their own motivation for wanting such power.

Is it any good?

Made mainly for fighting game fans, this tough and somewhat racy title will really appeal only to the hardcore player. Like the previous incarnations, the mobile version of Skullgirls is a stylish, two-dimensional fighting game that has you going one-on-one, but with teams of three who can be tagged in when need be. Besides their feet and fists, these colorful characters also use a wide variety of instruments and special attacks to defeat their competition, including an umbrella and a tuba. But while most fighting games on mobile devices are relatively simple, and relatively simpler than their counterparts on console and computer, this is just as deep and complicated as the version on game consoles and PC. Which is kind of the problem. Pulling off some of the more complex moves on a touch screen is really tricky, especially when you're trying to do them before your opponent can launch a special attack. Which is why, even more than most mobile fighting games, this doesn't work nearly as well as the versions where you get to use a controller, often to the point of frustration. Still, if you've got quick fingers, and enjoy letting your fists do the talking for you, you'll find Skullgirls to be a satisfying but challenging brawler.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about violence in games. Do you feel any differently beating up people in this game as opposed to monsters?

  • Talk being sexual characterization in media. Does it really change anything that some of the female characters are bodacious and in outfits that are two sizes too small? Would the game be just as fun if they were more covered up? And does that really matter?

  • Discuss budgeting your money. While spending money on this game supports the developers, how much money is too much and how much is just right?

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