Parents' Guide to

Ironfall: Invasion

By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Tame bloodless shooter bores, is poorly designed.

Game Nintendo 3DS 2015
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A Lot or a Little?

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

Community Reviews

age 10+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 10+


I love this game

This title has:

Easy to play/use
age 10+

Better than call of duty

There are no 10 year olds that say that say racist comments cuz no voice chat the violence is a lot like pg-13 which many 10 yr old watch

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Easy to play/use

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2):
Kids say (2):

Ironfall: Invasion plays better than one might expect from a handheld shooter but still has loads of room for improvement. The controls are unexpectedly intuitive and comfortable when played on a New 3DS (we don't recommend playing this game on a standard 3DS) thanks to its second control nub for camera control and extra shoulder buttons for reloading. Aiming is accurate, movement feels natural, and weapons are diverse (if a little generic). Little touches -- such as tapping a shoulder button at the right time while reloading to speed the cycle -- aren't exactly innovative but feel right. It even looks pretty good, thanks to a steady frame rate and some nice explosion effects.

But Ironfall: Invasion disappoints greatly in its dull level design, lackluster storytelling, and poor voice performances. The campaign is simply a journey through endless corridors from one point to the next, interspersed with narrative sequences where the human characters fail mightily to elicit any drama from what ought to feel like dire situations. It's about as emotional as watching stick figures read from a department store catalog. Ironfall: Invasion proves that the New 3DS can comfortably accommodate a third-person shooter, but that's about all it does.

Game Details

  • Platform: Nintendo 3DS
  • Pricing structure: Paid (A demo is available for free. Players will need to spend $10 to download the full campaign or $20 to download the campaign with multiplayer.)
  • Available online?: Available online
  • Publisher: VD-Dev
  • Release date: February 26, 2015
  • Genre: Third-Person Shooter
  • Topics: Robots, Space and Aliens
  • ESRB rating: T for Violence, Language
  • Last updated: August 7, 2021

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