Walking Dead: The Game

App review by
Chris Morris, Common Sense Media
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Gory zombie game forces you to make tough moral decisions.
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Parents say

age 15+
Based on 7 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 10 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Educational Value

While Walking Dead can teach about consequences of actions and about moral quandaries, because of the violence and language in the app, we don't recommend it for learning.

Ease of Play

The game is very easy to control, highlighting points of interest and letting users navigate through finger swipes. 

Violence

The zombies -- called the Walkers -- rip entrails out of victims and bite their flesh off. Killing the Walkers results in a squishing sound, as their heads are bashed in or shot. There are blood splatters throughout the game and characters drenched in blood of Walkers or living humans. Numerous items are used as weapons, including handguns, shotguns, bricks, and more. Several prominent characters are also killed, sometimes by the player and his/her decisions. The hero of the game is a convicted murderer, as well, though extenuating circumstances are implied about his crime. 

Sex
Language

Virtually every obscenity you can imagine is used -- and used copiously: "f--k," "s--t," and all the rest.

Consumerism

The game is episodic, meaning new chapters are released every few months. Players must purchase these separately via in-app purchases, which range from $5 per episode (five are planned) to $15 for a "season pass."

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

A character suffers a heart attack and must take nitroglycerin pills. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Walking Dead: The Game is a violent adventure game that forces players to make tough moral decisions. Along the way, there's plenty of gory violence, with blood gushing everywhere, entrails being ripped out and eaten, and lots of shots to the head. There's also plenty of very salty language. The game is episodic, meaning those who want to see the story through to the end will have to pay for four additional episodes, costing $5 each or $15 for them all. Players must confirm that they are 17 or older to download it from iTunes.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byheede dog September 24, 2014

The walking dead is a good game

there is no sexual content. The language is only really used in bad situations in the game. Everybody would swear if there was a zombie apocalypse!!! The violen... Continue reading
Parent Written bymegastaraxe October 5, 2012

extreme blood violence language and sex

this game is packed with horrible bloody violence language and sex a girl says to bandits get back here all you f--king r----t monsters all deaths are about 50... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byDrayoc September 7, 2012

Stunning, Captivating, and Intense.

Absolutely incredible. This game is one of the most amazing games I have ever played in my life. You are basically in an interactive TV show. You are the main c... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written bylasercorn December 7, 2012

PARENTS, READ!!!

this game may be violent, but its not often that you kill zombies. its more dicision making. also, the main character is a criminal, but by the end, has turned... Continue reading

What's it about?

Players navigate the screen with finger swipes and investigate objects by pointing and tapping. When interacting with other characters, you'll generally have the choice of three responses and silence. The hook of the game, though, is the impact of the player's responses and decisions. Characters remember what they're told, and if the player lies, it can haunt them. They'll also be forced to make life-or-death decisions with virtually no time to think of repercussions.

Is it any good?

What makes Walking Dead: The Game noteworthy isn't its incredibly well-written story. Nor is it the well-paced blend of action and exploration. It's not even the truly interesting characters. Instead, what makes the game one that you shouldn't miss is its unique use of consequences. Actions have ramifications in the game -- and you literally have to choose who lives and dies. And you're not given a lot of time to do this, which adds to the immersiveness of the game.

The result makes for a game that is introspective, which is the last thing you expect from a zombie game. Sure, it'd be nice to have all of the episodes included in the initial price, but there's enough going on in this game that you won't feel ripped off when you pay full price. 

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