Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Shadow Vanguard

App review by
Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media
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Violent first-person shooter action with blood, profanity.

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 5 reviews

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Ease of Play

The game has a lot of controls to master -- including weapon swapping, reloading, adding silencers, aiming, firing, and such -- but a lengthy tutorial mission should help get your feet wet. There is also a deep Help option that walks players through controls and tactics. Players can also opt for gyroscope control, allowing you to tilt the device to look around and aim weapons.


In this first-person shooter set in a fictional modern-day world, you are in control of the Rainbow unit, an elite group of secret soldiers who take down terrorist threats. With the use of multiple weapons -- such as shotguns, pistols, and sniper rifles -- you can kill enemies. Realistic-looking blood often sprays out of the fallen enemies. You can take headshots and are rewarded for that behavior with experience points.


A few potentially offensive words are in the game, including "hell," "bastard" and "damn."


The game is tied to Ubisoft's popular military action video games, which is based on Tom Clancy's fiction. You can tap "More Games" from the main menu to be taken to other Gameloft games for purchase. There is also an option to access Gameloft's Twitter feeds from within the app. Finally, the Gameloft Live! tab asks you to connect to this optional online service, which includes a buddy list, email inbox, and list of supported Gameloft games.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Early on in the game, there is a reference to a terrorist organization called Free Europe that smuggles and distributes illegal drugs to help fund their activities.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Shadow Vanguard is a first person shooting game filled with plenty of killing. You're in control of an elite military squad, out to take down a global terrorist organization with the latest weapons and gadgets. Red spurts of blood can be seen when shooting at enemies. Along with realistic violence and blood, there is some mild profanity and references to drugs. The Gameloft Live! opt-in feature allows players to connect to strangers, including the ability to text chat online with others.

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Kid, 10 years old November 13, 2011

Very good

Kids always play shooter games. Its not more violent than call of duty and i play cod. Very good game. Better than "modern combat: sandstorm".
Teen, 13 years old Written byIan_hga116 June 17, 2014

Like a tween-friendly call of duty

This game features frequent gun violence. There are no stabbings or hand-to-hand combat. Yes there is blood, but it looks really fake. Strong language is bleepe... Continue reading

Is it any good?

Fans of Ubisoft's Rainbow Six games can now take on a relentless terrorist organization on their iPod touch, iPhone, and iPad. Played from a first-person perspective, you'll stealthily travel through 11 missions -- by yourself or in co-op mode with up to 3 people in local or online modes – many of which are inspired by the very first Rainbow Six game (including the infiltration of a rebel compound in Africa). Tackle these levels with your Rainbow Unit (each with their own particular skillset, such as recon or demolition) and by using upgradeable weapons and gadgets like snake cameras to spy around corners. When you're done the campaign, boot up one of five exclusive head-to-head maps for up to 10 players online. While too violent for kids and teens, Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Shadow Vanguard is a well-made and fun military action experience for adult owners of Apple's portable devices.

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
  • Price: $6.99
  • Release date: March 17, 2011
  • Category: Action Games
  • Publisher: Gameloft
  • Version: 1.0
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 3.1.3 or later
  • Last updated: June 19, 2019

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