Walking Dead: The Game

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

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.

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 11-year-old Written byBinge W. July 30, 2018

Rated M plus

This game would be better if it weren’t for 20 F words every episode. There is a lot of language expect the B word, S word and very frequent F word. Plus the... Continue reading
Adult Written byAndrew L. January 3, 2018
Teen, 13 years old Written bySushiLover May 7, 2018

A Gory Masterpiece

I'm sorry to the kids who want this game, but I'm not even going to try and defend this games. This game is very gory, contains a lot of language, and... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written bySkullsmasher January 24, 2017

This is a great game

If you can watch the walking dead than you can play this game. It's really the same thing except different characters. Warning: it will make you cry!!! Als... 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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