Ark: Survival Evolved

Game review by Franklin Rinaldi, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 14+

Violent survival MMO tests skills against humans, dinos.

Parents say

age 11+

Based on 49 reviews

Kids say

age 10+

Based on 145 reviews

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age 16+

It all depends on the server.

Father of 6. Ark PvP player since release. 3 of my children have played or are playing ark single player. That part of the game is fine for children 7+ to have fun. As for pve I wouldn't let my children play unsupervised. Being online with no age restrictions other people can talk to your children in game or get gamer tag to msg or invite to a party so there is always that risk of stranger interactions. As for PvP I don't let my children play and highly recommend parents do the same. The community in-game is toxic. The aim of the game is to destroy everyone else and be the strongest which takes alot of time and commitment. Go to sleep, wake up and it could all be gone. Some adults find it hard to deal with that so could only imagine a child. In my years of playing I have encountered in-game or through private msgs and/or xb parties, verbal harrassment, course language, racial slurs, homophobic slurs, threats of violence, intimidation, caging, taxing, the list goes on. Think if your child has the ability to deal with that.
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age 10+

Great single player watch community

It's a great game with many possibilities single player is amazing for kids dinos and equipment can be easily spawned in theres no need to pay for skins or additions other than new maps. I wouldnt personally allow mine to play pvp as it's a fairly toxic community pve is much nicer but dependant on the server and how well it is run. I'd advise joining discord for any server claiming to be family friendly and watch for a bit before joining the game alot are far from family friendly. You can also buy your own server for your kids to play with friends this can be locked.
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