Maneater

Game review by
Paul Semel, Common Sense Media
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This shark game is bloody good fun, but not for long.

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 5 reviews

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A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Your objective is to survive long enough that you can get revenge on someone who killed your mom. Though in getting it, you kill a lot of innocent humans (and fish) who are just out for a swim.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The main character is a shark who just wants one thing: revenge. Well, revenge and some food. But mostly revenge.

Ease of Play

While some controls are intuitive, the ones that control the camera are somewhat problematic. Also, the alligators are overly tough and abundant when you're just a young shark, which makes some progress frustrating.

Violence

Playing as a shark, you use your abundance of sharp teeth to eat fish and other aquatic life, including swimmers and fishermen. This results in a lot of blood and gore splattering everywhere. You also smack people with your tail, but this doesn't cause any bloodshed.

Sex
Language

While some people scream out when they're being eaten, they don't drop any f-bombs. There are some off-color jokes, but nothing too dirty. Other profanity is bleeped out as if they're made on a prime time TV show.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

There is a quick, casual mention of drugs in the dialog.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Maneater is an adventure game for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Switch, and PC. In it, you play as a baby shark who wants to grow up so she can get revenge on the human who killed her mother. Armed with rows of sharp teeth, you chow down on fish, turtles, and unsuspecting swimmers, resulting in tons of blood and gore being spilled into the water (you also smack enemies with your tail, but this doesn't result in any bloodshed). In addition, because this is decidedly more like Sharknado than anything you'd see during Shark Week, the game has some ribald humor in its dialog and narration, including some quick drug references. It doesn't have any cursing, even by people you're eating; some words are bleeped out as if the language is on a hosted TV show.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byMichaelBanks1980 January 10, 2021

Only blood and gore but in a comical way

The gore in man eater is a lot like the gore in jaws. There’s is not a realistic amount of blood it’s just kinda throw in there for game purposes, over all I th... Continue reading
Adult Written byJakorisReviews May 22, 2020

My 8 year old loves this game!

My 8-year-old got this game today, and he loves it! I watched him play so I could make sure it is appropriate for him, and I believe it is. While, it is violent... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byCarbonaraSpaghet August 19, 2020

A day (or two) of eating glorious seafood and long pig!

Everyone loves sharks.

Although it's longevity is not the best, it is still very fun! Of course there's blood and gore like that, it may be unsettlin... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byBengijo July 13, 2020

What's it about?

In MANEATER, you play as a baby bull shark who wants to get revenge on the fisherman who killed your mom (and who you play as during this game's training exercise). To do this, you're going to need to grow up so you're strong enough to take him down. This means eating right, exercising, and, strangely, trying to find license plates that people have somehow lost in the water. In doing this, you'll not only get bigger and stronger, but you'll unlock augmentations that puts this game decidedly more in line with a Sharknado sequel than anything you'd see on National Geographic.

Is it any good?

While this "shARkPG" -- as the designers call it -- is both fun and funny, both wear a bit thin after a while. In Maneater, you're a baby bull shark who wants to get revenge on the human who killed your mommy. So you do what you can to get big and strong, which includes eating a ton of fish and other aquatic life, looking for lost license plates and other collectibles, and eating humans who are just innocently swimming along and not-so-innocently trying to kill you. All of which happens in the wide-open waters off New Orleans, while actor Chris Parnell (the guy who voices Jerry on Rick & Morty and Cyril on Archer), doles out interesting and often ridiculously untrue "facts" about sharks.

But while this is as much fun as it sounds, and Parnell's narration makes it just as funny, the good times don't last. For starters, the controls you use for the camera are wonky, even after you adjust them, which makes it hard sometimes to truly stalk your prey. This is especially problematic when you're young and you get into fights with alligators, who are annoyingly stronger than you. It also gets a bit redundant after a while (you can quickly become sick of eating catfish), while the lack of a map when you're swimming makes it hard to navigate the twisty waters. And no, having a glowing light in the sky doesn't help when the waterways are maze-like. None of which is to imply that Maneater isn't entertaining, because it is. But just like real fish, this doesn't stay fresh all that long.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about violence in video games. Is the impact of the violence in Maneater affected by the amount of blood spilled during the game when you eat fish, swimmers, and other aquatic life?  Do you think showing all that blood being spilled is necessary or gratuitous? Would the gameplay have the same effect if the amount of blood was decreased?

  • How does Maneater fudge the truth about sharks? You do know that sharks don't jump onto the decks of fishing boats to eat people or dedicate their whole lives to getting revenge?

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