Parents' Guide to

7 Days to Die

By David Wolinsky, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Clunky survival sandbox-style game with unmoderated play.

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What you will—and won't—find in this game.

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age 14+

Based on 7 parent reviews

age 13+

The gore is problebly the worst part about this game.

The gore is OK if your kid has a good stomach. My daughter thought this game was a T rated game ( she is 15 ) and she loved it. There is swearing but only from one certain location on the map, but there is nothing huge. Parents swear more than this game.

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age 15+

i'd say 15 and up

The game is quite creepy in itself. It's very fun playing with friends and strangers alike but be aware that if you are playing solo you are presented with a super dark world and a general sense of helplessness and uneasiness. Expect multiple jumpscares as a new player (the longer you play the more knowledgeable you become in memorizing when and where to expect the zombies to avoid that). The gory part in my opinion mostly lies in the visual zombie models, some are extremely decomposed (bloated rotting innards). Dismemberment is rather abundant but it's not as freaky as the models themselves (frankly it improves their visual). All in all the most terrifying aspect of the game is the learning process until you feel confident enough in your ability to survive so that turning around a corner and having a zombie right in your face no longer gives you the sense of dread that's responsible for the jumpscare. Great co-op/pvp game, not so great solo.

Is It Any Good?

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This survival and exploration game tries to improve upon the sandbox formula but only rests on what has already worked before, with interesting but not necessarily groundbreaking results. For one, 7 Days to Die makes a lot of assumptions about who you are if you're playing it: Even basic tasks such as upgrading building materials you've already constructed is unclear, and your'e never given clear instruction on how to perform them (for example, you press the left trigger instead of the right). There are so many menus thrown at you and that are hard to navigate, and it's difficult to discern what you should be paying attention to; it's also difficult to discern when and what to call up based on different survival situations, such as you're bleeding out or starting to get dehydrated (all of which is made that much harder to do on a console). All of this means there's a heavy investment of time required from the player, although fortunately online multiplayer means you won't have to be completely alone in the wilderness if you don't want to. But online, there are problems as well. Even when you're just hosting a game for others to join and being there by yourself, the game will reliably lag or stutter unpredictably. This is unfair to count as a deterrent against checking the game out, but it's another built-in frustration you'll need to be attuned to navigating and anticipating.

These complaints aside, there's still something captivating and enticing about a game that doesn't hold your hand and sets you out in the wilderness and defies you to survive. True to its survival/horror roots in The Walking Dead, this game rewards cautious survival instead of guns-blazing action. There are elements of survival here that skew closer to reality -- aside from the zombies -- which means it's an interesting simulation of what might happen were you really roughing it. And that also means there's greater strength in numbers, meaning that when you're on a server with other people -- and you're able to find each other -- bigger things are possible, such as food runs and supply runs. Otherwise, by yourself, you can feel incredibly vulnerable, because 7 Days to Die usually will do you in and kill you by the end of your second day, if you're lucky. This game is hard and clunky, but if you come in with an open mind, you'll be able to have some fun in fits and starts.

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