Dead Head Fred

Game review by
Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media
Dead Head Fred Game Poster Image
A gruesome but comical mature murder mystery.
  • PSP
  • $29.99
  • 2007

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 15+
Based on 2 reviews

Did this review miss something on diversity?

Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive, diverse representations in books, TV shows, and movies. Want to help us help them? Suggest a diversity update

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Quite graphic, as players rip heads off enemies; blood spurts out and the bodies fall to the ground.


Many instances of swearing, including frequent uses of "f--k."

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

You can consume alcohol in the game, which impairs your vision and actions.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this game earns its M-rating by requiring your character to rip heads off of mutated bodies and place them on your own headless dead body -- you can also set the other mutated bodies on fire. The game is quite graphic, showing bloody body parts throughout a mad scientist's facilities. This is a mystery about why your character died, and you must find and put on nine dead heads. It's a bizarre premise, with gruesome details including blood spurting out of bodies, but it's meant to be comical for mature players.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 8-year-old Written byGarmendia September 9, 2009
Teen, 13 years old Written byRobertasACDC October 1, 2013


This game is shiiiiit! It is disgusting, weird, and I have never played it but seen it. It is awkward and almost nobody has ever heard about this game
Teen, 13 years old Written bycerealkiller189 March 18, 2012

Silly,and pretty dark humored.

Well I do have this for my PSP and play it sometimes b otherwise consider it stupid and not to be taken seriously very cheesy and cartoonish and wtf probably mo... Continue reading

What's it about?

DEAD HEAD FRED is a unique adventure because you step into the shoes of private eye Fred Neuman, who awakens at the beginning of the game to find out he has been murdered. Neuman has been brought back to life by a mad scientist, but his head is missing -- in its place is a jar full of fluid and his floating brain. And so Neuman goes on a mission to solve his own murder and get his head (and memory) back from those responsible for his death -- namely, a deranged mob boss and his mutant henchmen. To solve the mystery of his death, Neuman must use special powers associated with different \"heads\" he can put on, which are removed from enemies (it sounds gruesome, sure, but it's quite comical).

Is it any good?

Dead Head Fred is played from a third-person perspective and offers impressive camera controls and visual effects -- especially for a handheld game. The only problem, however, is frequent loading screens that can take away from the fun. These load times gets better once Neuman ventures outside for the first time. Overall, this mature game is bizarre, funny, and fresh.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how this game is over-the-top in its violence and gore, coupled with a silly premise. Since this game is meant to be a comedy, would it have been as funny with less extreme violence, blood, and foul language? Did those aspects of the game contribute to the gameplay or the humor?

Game details

  • Platforms: PSP
  • Price: $29.99
  • Available online? Not available online
  • Developer: D3Publisher of America
  • Release date: August 28, 2007
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • ESRB rating: M for blood and gore, intense violence, mature humor, strong language
  • Last updated: August 25, 2016

Our editors recommend

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate

About these links

Common Sense Media, a nonprofit organization, earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes when you use our links to make a purchase. Thank you for your support.

Read more

Our ratings are based on child development best practices. We display the minimum age for which content is developmentally appropriate. The star rating reflects overall quality and learning potential.

Learn how we rate