Parents' Guide to

High on Life

By Paul Semel, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Mature but engaging sci-fi shooter is for adults only.

High on Life cover

A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 11 parent reviews

age 12+

This Game Is Not As Bad As It Seems

First of all, incredible game! It's hilarious and one of the best games I have played. I understand many parents may be worried about a few things, and I will clear them all up right here. 1. Violence: There is a lot of violence, but you are not killing humans. Only evil aliens. 2. Sexual Content: Okay. This one is a bit iffy, but if your children have watched any animated TV shows like South Park, or Rick and Morty they will totally be fine. There is one bit of nudity in this game, and it is just a butt. Nothing too bad. 3. Language: If you don't want your kids to hear f*** or s***, maybe homeschool them. Kids hear curses a lot. They probably know all the naughty words in the world by now. If you are worried about a green booger alien saying f***, get your priorities straight. 4. Drugs: There's some smoking/drinking, and at the beginning of the game your character is offered some cocaine. Unfortunately for all the nitpicky parents that exist, cocaine is on a mirror that helps you decide your character. YOU DO NOT DO ANY DRUGS IN THIS GAME. 5. Consumerism: I guess you can go to an Applebees. 6: All in all, I would say around 11 - 13 is perfect to play this game. But always remember your child's maturity level. You only have one childhood. A little green blood and cursing isnt going to do anything that bad. Have fun!
age 14+

I HAD TO SELL MY SON TO AFRICAN APES

best game i have ever played. definantly funny. i was dying

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (11 ):
Kids say (24 ):

Though it's very cartoony, silly, and full of mature content, this sci-fi first-person shooter is also exciting, challenging, and engaging. In High on Life, you have to work as a bounty hunter on an alien world so that you can become proficient enough with firearms, and get more guns to rid Earth of the alien invaders who want to turn humans into drugs. So you run around, getting into fire fights with all manner of crazy aliens, while exploring and navigating some elaborate, layered, and hazardous locations. What really gives this game its personality is that it's made by Squanch Games, the studio co-founded by Rick & Morty co-creator and voice actor Justin Roiland. That's why the game has a similar mix of clever and scatological humor, which comes courtesy of your weapons ... which talk. A lot. And are also rather odd, but effective. Gus, for instance, is a shotgun that can suck enemies toward you or shoot giant metal discs at them, while Kenny, who sounds like Morty, is a pistol that can shoot explosive globs.

Admittedly, people who hate Rick & Morty -- or Roiland's other sci-fi sitcom cartoon, Solar Opposites -- will quickly get annoyed with this game's goofiness and naughty nature, even if they go into the options menu and tell the guns to keep it down. It has the same filthy sense of humor as those shows, with characters cursing nonstop, or you having to do rude things best left to your imagination (or your proctologist). It's also not for people looking for a serious shooter like Call of Duty. But if you love, like, or just appreciate this humor and you want a shooter that's challenging but not super serious, this game scratches that itch in the same way as the Ratchet & Clank games. That's why you also do a lot of jumping, climbing, and sliding on zip lines when not using offbeat guns to kill even odder aliens. All of which makes High on Life as clever and effortlessly fun as, well, the best episodes of Rick & Morty.

Game Details

Did we miss something on diversity?

Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.

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