Wolf of the Battlefield: Commando MOBILE

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Paul Semel, Common Sense Media
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Faithful classic arcade game remake has mild violence.

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

Ease of Play

Though it employs simple touch controls, the game is quite difficult.

Violence

While players use guns, grenades to kill enemies, it's cartoonish. There's no blood, gore, dismemberment.

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A soldier is shown smoking a cigarette.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Wolf of the Battlefield: Commando MOBILE is an arcade action game. This is a faithful recreation of a classic 1985 arcade game -- which was called Commando in the U.S. but Wolf of the Battlefield in Japan -- where a gun- and grenade-toting soldier has to fight his way out of the jungle. But while he does kill many people, it's all very cartoony, and there's no blood or gore. Our hero also doesn't engage in any other inappropriate behavior, though he does, at one point, smoke a cigarette. Read the app's privacy policy in the game's settings menu or on the game's website to find out about the information collected and shared.

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What's it about?

In WOLF OF THE BATTLEFIELD: COMMANDO MOBILE, you play as Super Joe, a soldier who's dropped in the middle of a jungle and must fight his way out, killing any and every enemy who tries to get in his way. Played from an aerial perspective, you use your finger to tell your soldier where to go and where to toss his grenades. The game also features multiple control schemes, two difficulty settings (though both are tough), and all the original graphics and sound effects you remember from when you played this game in an arcade.

Is it any good?

As a faithful recreation of an '80s arcade game, this shooter reminds us why we went broke, 25 cents at a time, when we were kids. In Wolf of the Battlefield: Commando MOBILE, you have to help Super Joe shoot and grenade his way out of the jungle, mowing down everyone in his path. By sliding your finger across the screen, Joe will aim his machine gun or toss his grenades wherever you command him to. Just don't lift your finger up, because this tends to confuse Joe. But while this is a good adaptation of the classic 1985 arcade game, this app does let you change a couple of things. For instance, rather than running headlong into any fight, you can instead turn off the "Auto Move" and decide when Joe will advance or retreat. You can even opt to turn off the "Auto Fire." Unfortunately, not all the changes are good. While the game has a supposedly easier "Casual Mode," it's actually not that easy. This also doesn't have volume controls, so you can't turn the music down or off. Still, if you're hoping to recreate the classic arcade experience and don't have access to a time machine, Wolf of the Battlefield: Commando MOBILE will bring the arcade experience to you.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about violence in video games. Does it make a difference that you're fighting other humans as opposed to monsters or aliens? How does it make you feel to kill other people? The graphics aren't detailed and the game is cartoony; how does this make you feel about the killing?

  • Talk about overcoming obstacles. This game is known for being difficult, but do you think being challenged is a good thing? Why, or why not?

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