Halo: Spartan Assault

Game review by
Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media
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So-so top-down sci-fi shooter has constant gun battles.

Parents say

age 8+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 6 reviews

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Educational Value

Halo: Spartan Assault wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

Positive Messages

Any potentially admirable notions of bravery and courage against slim odds are largely overshadowed by the game's focus on entertaining via nonstop, over-the-top, sci-fi action. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

The soldiers depicted are clearly good guys, both honorable and brave. However, it seems all they know how to do is shoot weapons and kill aliens. They display no ability to solve problems through means other than violence.

Ease of Play

Action is dead simple to figure out: Just point and shoot. It can be difficult to earn top ratings, but simply passing missions never gets too hard.


Action is viewed from a bird's-eye perspective in this third-person shooter, so little detail is evident. However, human-versus-alien gunfights are virtually constant, with players using a variety of sci-fi weapons, rockets, turrets, and grenades to dispatch hundreds, if not thousands, of enemies. Foes spurt small sprays of colorful blood when hit, as do human allies. 


This game is a spin-off of Microsoft's popular series of cinematic first-person shooters under the Halo brand, and there's a good chance kids who play this game will want to move on to the series' more popular (and more violent) entries. Also, the game supports micro-transactions, though they're hardly necessary to win.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know Halo: Spartan Assault is a top-down third-person shooter focused on gunfights. The action is presented from a raised perspective, so little detail is seen, but the combat is pretty much constant, and colorful spurts of blood appear when characters get shot. There is no puzzle solving and not even much in the way of strategy formulation. Also, be aware that this game could serve as an entry point for the Halo series' much more popular and violent first-person shooter games (they're M-rated versus this one's Teen rating) and that it supports and encourages microtransactions. 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Teen, 16 years old Written byfrodovader88 August 28, 2015

Not violent at all.

This Halo is rated T so it's obviously not as violent but I mean this could be E10+ without the blood.
Kid, 10 years old April 24, 2014
Teen, 14 years old Written byTy the guy July 18, 2019

An amazing alternative to the regular Halo beat!

It is a fun top-down shooter in the Halo Universe. The game never gets too scary or gory. The harder an enemy is to kill, generally more blood is shown. The gor... Continue reading

What's it about?

Originally designed for Windows mobile devices and PCs, HALO: SPARTAN ASSAULT is a top-down third-person shooter spin-off of the more popular first-person shooter Halo games. It tells the story of a pair of soldiers fighting a rogue faction of Covenant aliens shortly after the events of Halo 3. The action is similar to that of other Halo games but only insofar as players are running around shooting aliens. The raised perspective and twin-stick controls make for a much simpler adventure. One stick is used to move, and the other is used to aim. All you need to do is make sure you kill all your enemies before you run out of bullets. It was originally a single-player-only game, but the Xbox One and Xbox 360 editions come with a bonus mode that allows players to hook up with a friend online and fight through a handful of co-op missions against a different enemy.

Is it any good?

Likely the most middling of any game yet released under the Halo banner, Halo: Spartan Assault never manages to fly like other games in the series. The combat, while competent and at times even fun in a rudimentary way, is extremely repetitive with little variety in tactics or weapons. It's generally only a matter of exploring maps on foot or in vehicles and shooting until no Covenant are left alive. Plus, the story is presented mostly through stills and long strings of text, making for a decidedly uncinematic experience. Add in the occasional prompt to spend real money on some pretty pointless virtual goods, and you may end up more annoyed than entertained. The saving grace is that the console editions offer a short series of online co-op missions that liven things up considerably. Pity that local co-op play isn't supported.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the impact of violence in media. How do you feel after seeing violent action in a game or movie? If you feel different, does this feeling influence how you act and what you want to do?

  • Families also can discuss the notion of microtransactions within games. Are you ever compelled to spend money within a game? Do you feel like you get good value when buying virtual goods?

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