The Dark Knight Rises

App review by
Chris Morris, Common Sense Media
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Repetitive, slow movie tie-in with lots of fighting.

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 3 reviews

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Educational Value

The Dark Knight Rises wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

Ease of Play

The controls are laid out well and work well. Action buttons that aren't applicable to the events of the moment are hidden to avoid a cluttered layout. 


There's a lot of fighting in the game, and enemies often shoot at Batman (and can gun him down if players aren't careful). The Bane character beats Batman mercilessly. 


The game is a direct tie-in to the final Batman movie from director Christopher Nolan. Kids who play the game will almost certainly want to see the movie. Players can also make in-app purchases for virtual items (ranging up to $100), but they're hardly essential. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Bane is implied to be on steroid-like drugs that make him incredibly strong. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Dark Knight Rises is an action tie-in to the hit summer film. As you might expect from a Batman game, there's plenty of fighting and a fair bit of stealth action. The incorporation of the Bane character ramps up the fights. Parents will also want to be aware that kids who play the game will want to see the movie (if they haven't already). And if they have seen the movie, they might want to go again. The Gameloft Live! opt-in feature allows players to connect to strangers, including the ability to text chat online with others.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent Written bySacko November 10, 2012

3d time killer

It is a good 3d game for your ipod, must buy
Kid, 12 years old August 3, 2013


A really fun game that falls a bit short because of repetitiveness.
Teen, 15 years old Written bythedog123 April 11, 2013

not ideal for kids

violence in the game play but its very fun. Its slow because you unlock vehicles in the game. It was not intended for learning. there may be some reference to d... Continue reading

What's it about?

Players assume the role of Batman in a story that follows the story in The Dark Knight Rises film. By using a virtual stick, they'll control the Caped Crusader's movements, while swiping with the other hand controls the camera. When fights break out, on-screen buttons appear, allowing players to perform combination attacks by pressing buttons over and over. Side quests allow players to break into safes through mini-games. Players can upgrade their armor or equipment through coins collected by winning fights or completing missions.

Is it any good?

The mobile version of The Dark Knight Rises is the only gaming tie-in to the summer's hit film, but whereas console Batman games last year offered a unique take on the franchise, this latest effort is one that has several glaring flaws. The combat is repetitive -- and ultimately boring. It's slow to load. And it seems to offer similar missions again and again. It also spoils big parts of the movie for those who haven't seen it. 

Graphically, it's not a bad game. And the sound design is good. Ultimately, though, it's a miniaturized version of a franchise (and movie) that deserves something more grandiose. 

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