Surviving High School

App review by
Carla Thornton, Common Sense Media
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Tweens experience high school in an age-appropriate way.

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 9 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Educational Value

Kids can learn to assess personal, academic, and social situations, then make decisions to impact those situations. By reading dialogue, tweens see strengths and weaknesses, build friendships or ignore them, handle stress, and get around obstacles like cheerleaders who hate them because of their shoes. Episodes can drag, and though the abundant dialogue is scarily realistic at times, personalities are mostly stereotypical. Surviving High School gives tweens an entertaining glimpse at high school life but falls a bit short on sophistication and pace.

Ease of Play

The game maintains a good pace and responds quickly to taps. However, sometimes the dialogue requires viewing a second screen just to read one or two additional words. 

Violence

Male characters are confronted with bullies and can choose whether to fistfight or not.

Sex

Characters flirt, date, and hold hands and kiss.

Language
Consumerism

Banner ads run across the top of the screen throughout the game. While the app is free to install, players can buy more episodes via in-app purchases ranging from 99 cents to $20 or $30, depending on the mobile platform. A "More EA Games" link takes players to a list of more apps available from the developer.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this interactive game lets kids take on different roles as students at the fictional Centerscore High School. Friendship, romance, and scholastic success all depend on the answers given to multiple-choice questions at critical junctures in the story. Will kids be nerds, jocks, or something in between? There are bullies and gossips just like in real life, and sex is hinted at, but even the bad kids are good at heart and the language is clean. At least, so far. New episodes are downloadable weekly.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byscmomma June 8, 2016

This app no longer exists.

This app no longer exists, so there's no point in wasting your time looking for it as I did. :/ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Surviving_High_School
Parent of a 10 year old Written byNadia B. December 17, 2016
Teen, 14 years old Written byleftbehindcrazed8 January 24, 2012

awesome!

Great game!! I love playing the New Girl episodes and the whole idea of the app! Also, sometimes when you play you'll have to take "tests" which... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written bybpixie July 11, 2010

Five star time waster! Loves it!

SOOO MUCH FUN!!!! An amazing time-waster, no bad stuff except the occasional "hint" of inappropriate things, totally fun and just the game I was looki... Continue reading

What's it about?

Your tween is the main character in their choice of story lines. Players tap the screen to advance the story, and choose among actions and reactions when prompted. Relationships are rated by smiley faces and skulls: If you give the evil quarterback a ride home in the rain, one of his hateful skulls disappears. If you act as "wingman" for a buddy, a smiley face appears. Success on simple puzzles and games adds to your chances of success. When the dance or tryout or project is over, so is the game.

Is it any good?

Real high school students might find this episodic game less than engrossing, but tweens will have fun guiding alter selves through the upper grades. The situations are true to high school but not too dark while they teach kids the consequences of their decisions. Studying begets higher grades; acting like a jerk loses friends. The game alternates between male and female characters so kids get the other sex's perspective. The writing is witty and the background graphics of classrooms and football fields are gorgeous.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Talk with your tween about the personalities presented in Surviving High School. How are teens portrayed? Does your tween find the portrayal realistic?

  • Attend a local high school drama production, sports event, or fundraiser.

App details

For kids who love simulation games

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