Dirty Bomb

Game review by
Michael Lafferty, Common Sense Media
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Twitchy, violent team-based action isn't truly innovative.

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 4 reviews

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Positive Messages

About killing other players to achieve objectives; no positive messages.

Positive Role Models & Representations

All characters are trained mercenaries, no positive role models.

Ease of Play

Easy-to-use controls; fast-paced twitch first-person shooter relies on quick targeting, taking advantage of cover, using some strategy, having a bit of luck at times. 


Players kill members of opposing team with weapons such as explosives, machine guns, rifles, air strikes, pistols, knives. As your character takes damage, the screen gets splashed with red, simulating blood loss.


The worst word in the narrative, tutorial is "d--k," but online voice chat can expose players to worse.


Players earn credits to buy load-out cards (giving players new weapons, augments, skins), but cards also can be purchased with real money, ranging from $2.99 up to $34.99.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Dirty Bomb is a free-to-play downloadable team-based first-person shooter where players achieve objectives and kill enemies on the opposing team in a variety of ways. Currently in open beta, the game allows players to purchase load-out cards with real money to enhance the game experience with better weapons and augments. Dirty Bomb also enables voice chat, which can expose some players to inappropriate content, much worse than the language included in the game's tutorial.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byAdrian F. October 4, 2017

You must account for the default options.

The game with the default options on is an easy 16+ age restriction, even with the cartoony graphics. That being said, if you turn off blood and gibs, the game... Continue reading
Adult Written bySam M. March 10, 2016

Seriously? T rated shooter. meh

A little blood when shot. Occassional non graphic gibs. No staining. Not my jive.
Teen, 13 years old Written byAwesomeDerp July 9, 2016

Dirty bomb in a 13 year olds point of view

Its a lot of fun to play but not very innovative.
I would say it is good for 13+ due to the cursing but even the cursing is not too bad.
Kid, 11 years old March 17, 2018

like team fortress 2 but A LOT less violent

its similar to ta game know as team fortress 2 and over watch but less violent in the form of not to gory and the language isnt bad at all (you can even turn of... Continue reading

What's it about?

DIRTY BOMB is a team-based, arena-style first-person shooter that takes place in futuristic (and thoroughly decimated) London. The game pits two teams of players against one another in three modes of play (only two are currently available): Objective, Stopwatch, and Execution. Objectives can include things such as retrieving datacores or planting and destroying key targets while the other team defends them. Each player takes a group of mercenaries into the war zone, and each mercenary has different abilities. Players accrue experience and credits for participation in battles, which allow players to level up and unlock more items; load-out cards also can be purchased with real money that may give new weapons or skill bonuses. 

Is it any good?

In some ways, Dirty Bomb doesn't drift far from the arena shooters of the past (Team Fortress 2, or even as far back as Unreal Tournament), but don't take that as a negative. Though there hasn't been a lot of new games in the genre recently, arena shooters may be on the way back. Dirty Bomb has a lot of technical merits, such as good graphics and reduced lag to keep the in-game action flowing smoothly. There are other positives, but perhaps the biggest one is that it doesn't take long to get into a game. Jumping into Quick Match gets you on a team within minutes. Plus, having mercs with different special abilities for your team enriches play, and even the support classes, such as medics, can do a fair amount of damage on the battlefield.

The downside, though, is that unless you're a hard-core shooter fan, the game starts to become a wash-rinse-and-repeat formula. The action isn't predictable (after all, you're playing against other humans, and they can do a lot of unexpected things), but the gameplay doesn't vary much. It quickly becomes about the challenge of facing other players and succeeding (and there are some very good players online). Also, the microtransactions (real cash for in-game articles) may be a way to pay for the development and running the servers, but it can be a bit off-putting, especially if you don't want to pay for items but would rather earn them. Dirty Bomb is fun, make no mistake, but its formulaic arena combat may not keep the attention of players for very long.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the impact of violence in media. When playing a game like this, do you have a strong reaction to the intense violence carried out between teams?

  • How did you manage to coordinate your tactics with others? Did you find it easy? What were the main challenges of working with a team of online players?

Game details

  • Platforms: Windows
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Available online? Available online
  • Developer: Nexon
  • Release date: June 1, 2015
  • Genre: First-Person Shooter
  • ESRB rating: NR for No Description
  • Last updated: October 19, 2020

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