Walking Dead: The Game

Common Sense Media says

Gory zombie game forces you to make tough moral decisions.

Age(i)

NOT FOR KIDS

Quality(i)

 

Learning(i)

What parents need to know

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
Not applicable
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. 

Privacy & safety
Not applicable

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.

What kids can learn

Skills

Responsibility & Ethics

  • integrity
  • learning from consequences
  • making wise decisions

What Kids Can Learn

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.

What kids can learn

Skills

Responsibility & Ethics

  • integrity
  • learning from consequences
  • making wise decisions

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.

This Learning Rating review was written by Chris Morris

Parents say

Kids say

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?

QUALITY
 

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. 

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Price:$4.99
Release date:July 26, 2012
Category:Adventure Games
Topics:Monsters, ghosts, and vampires
Size:329.00 MB
Publisher:Telltale Inc.
Version:1.0
Minimum software requirements:iOS 4.2 or later

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  • ON: Content is age-appropriate for kids this age.
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Teen, 14 years old Written byDrayoc September 7, 2012
AGE
14
QUALITY
 
LEARNING

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 character who gets to make decisions that make incredible differences to your game playing experience. The game will mold to the countless ways you can act. If you are rude and awful and secretive, nobody will trust you, and you'll be hated by everyone. If your kind, nice, and honest, the majority of the characters will trust you, save a few. There are several decisions in each episode that will have a major effect on the game. (Having to choose sides, having to save one person, or the other, telling the truth, etc.) This can teach people the impact of there decisions. I love it. Don't get me wrong though. This game is stuffed with profanity and gore and is not for the feint of heart. F**k is used loosley, along with S**t, D**n, B**ch, Bast*rd, He*l, and many more. They don't hold back. Blood is also copious. The gore effects are incredibly graphic and disturbing, but to me, this just adds to the intensity of the game. I love it.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Parent of a 6 year old Written bymadsmooney1214 September 13, 2012
AGE
16
QUALITY
 

walking dead the game

enough going on in this game that you won't feel ripped off when you pay full price.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 15 years old Written bylasercorn December 7, 2012
AGE
2
QUALITY
 

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 into a good guy

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