Destroy All Humans! (2020)

Game review by
Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media
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Silly, fun but violent sci-fi romp through middle America.

Parents say

age 9+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 1 review

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

This game doesn't have any positive messages, nor does it try to instill any. It's an over-the-top, campy action game about an alien invasion in the 1950s -- and you're the alien. While there are some potentially disturbing scenes, like assassinating (and assuming the role of) the U.S. President, the game was meant to be a silly nod to sci-fi movie tropes of that era.

Positive Role Models & Representations

You play as a "Furon" alien known as Crypto -- or Cryptosporidium 137, to be exact -- who's sent to Earth to torment and eventually destroy its inhabitants (and property, too). Yes, you're the evil alien instead of the good guys protecting the planet. You must kill people and animals, including innocent civilians, police officers and elected officials -- and harness their DNA after they're killed. You'll use weapons while on-foot (including mental powers) as well as a flying saucer to pulverize everyone and everything.

Ease of Play

The game's first level at a farm serves as a handy tutorial to mastering your abilities, both on-foot as an alien and while flying above people and objects in a saucer. The game's easy to pick up and play.

Violence

While not meant to be realistic, the game features plenty of cartoon violence, gore and blood. You can use weapons (like ray guns) and telekinesis powers to kill humans, including innocent civilians, as well as animals (early on in the game you get a reward for drowning a cow in a lake or killing a female farmer with a chicken). There are nuclear weapons in this game, too.

Sex

There are references to an anal probe and probing humans. A beauty queen is allegedly probed. There are also references to the size of a male alien's private parts.

Language

There's some mild profanity, mostly during banter between Furon aliens, like "hell" and "damn," as well as some toilet humor, like seeing a cow defecating early on in the game.

Consumerism

There's optional DLC (downloadable content) that unlocks new character skins and more. This is also a remake of a 15-year old game.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

There's a reference to drinking alcohol and consuming narcotics.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Destroy All Humans! is an action game for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Windows PCs. The game's a remake of a 15-year-old title previously released for the PlayStation 2. You play as an evil alien bent on Earth's destruction. It's a kitschy 1950's-esque Cold War-era sci-fi tale that doesn't take itself seriously, but you can kill many people with your alien weapons (like ray guns), psychic powers and spaceships, including innocent people, military officers and even a fictional President of the United States. You can also kill farm animals. The game has animated blood, gore, and violence. It also has some sexual references, like an anal probe weapon, and toilet humor (a cow defecating). "Hell" and "damn" can be heard in dialogue. Finally, there are mentions of alcohol and drug use in dialogue scattered through the game.

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User Reviews

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Adult Written byBob Hankins August 20, 2020

Fun for all ages!

Great game for kids and adults alike!

Me and my son have been playing for a week now and have really been really enjoying the game! The game is great for anyon... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byMoviefanatic040 August 10, 2020

Fun alien invasion game got released at the perfect time

Destroy All Humans! is an alien invasion game where you can use sci-fi weapons and tools to annihilate the human race. While it may look like a game for 8 year... Continue reading

What's it about?

A cult classic from 2005 is back again in a faithful remake in DESTROY ALL HUMANS! This is a campy sci-fi third-person action game that stars you as an evil alien and not the "good guys" who vow to protect the Earth from the invasion. Just like the original game, you assume the role of Cryptosporidium 137 ("Crypto;" for short), a sardonic and sarcastic Furon solider sent to America in the 1950s. This gray ET -- with a bulbous head, large eyes and small body -- uses a handful of alien weapons, like ray guns, as well as psychic abilities, and machines (like a jet pack and spaceship) that all can and will be used to destroy all humans. Without giving too much away, you must also extract DNA from humans, which has a tie to the menacing Furon species, as well. The single player game has you accomplish various missions in order to advance through the story. Gameplay also folds in action, exploration, collection, and some puzzle solving. Along the way, you'll unlock new locations and missions, upgrades (to your weapons, ship and powers), and access various skins to change up the way the game looks.

Is it any good?

This is a kitschy action game that never takes itself too seriously. In fact, if you have a penchant for humor and/or classic sci-fi flicks, you'll get a lot out of Destroy All Humans!  And at under $30 for the PC version (or under $40 for the console version) it's more affordable than most other new videogames released today. The non-playable cut-scene sequences at the start of the game set the tone perfectly, with silly banter between Furons before they fly to planet Earth and begin terrorizing farmers and barnyard animals. As you play, you'll earn the opportunity to upgrade your abilities and unlock other goodies along the way, such as urban and rural scenes to change up the environments (fans of the original game also get access to the never-before-seen "Lost Mission of Area 42"). Along with fighting, there are missions tied to infiltration, collection, and exploration. While the third-person combat may seem like it's similar to other action games, Destroy All Humans! separates itself with the various powers you have, such as using psychokinesis ("PK") to fling people, animals and objects around with your mind. This really feels good. There's also about a dozen other powers, like forgetfulness and hypnosis, impersonating someone ("body snatch"), and many more.

The campy storyline, silly characters and dialog also work to make this more a unique shooter. Despite its variety in powers, there are some limitations (and repetition) in the combat department, but it's still enjoyable if you don't mind a less-than-deep experience -- which may be more appealing more to younger or more novice gamers. That, and there are some restrictions in where you can go, so its not as much of a "Sandbox" game as advertised. Still, Destroy All Humans! is a fun romp through a funny '50s style sci-fi game that lets you get a sense of what it's like being the big-headed bad guy and unleashing havoc on middle America.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Parents can talk about violence in video games. Is the impact of the violence in Destroy All Humans affected by the cartoonish nature of the gameplay? Does the B-movie nature of the plot limit the impact of the blood and gore shown in the game because it's frequently tied to humorous comments or unrealistic scenarios?

  • Is there something appealing about playing as a bad guy? What makes it stand out from other games? Does it matter that you're playing as an alien that wants to destroy Earth, or is the complication of trying to cause destruction one of the biggest issues when it comes to playing bad characters?

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