Game review by
Jeremy Gieske, Common Sense Media
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Incredibly gruesome -- not for kids of any age.

Parents say

age 16+
Based on 26 reviews

Kids say

age 16+
Based on 55 reviews

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A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Absence of any moral/social authority, corruption, criminal behavior. Minimal humor, any humor is presented in a sadistic light.

Positive Role Models & Representations

There is no positive role models here. The game glarmorizes brutal murder and shows people stalking others to kill them.

Ease of Play

Repetitious, pre-meditated murders, blood, violence, torture. "Kill or be killed" plot, surprise attacks, hostages, torture.


Sexual references, sexual profanity.


Continuous use of all types of profanity, vulgar language.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Healing power-ups are referred to as "painkillers", other drug references, alcohol.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this is one of the most violent games ever produced. The premise is that you advance by stalking and murdering victims. The murder scenes are depicted with very realistic graphics. Since the game rewards and glamorizes brutal murder, it is definitely inappropriate for children and teenagers.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byBaja500 April 8, 2015

If your stomach can handle it, you'll enjoy playing through it.

I'll admit that when I first played Manhunt, I had to take breaks. It was such a disturbing and unnerving experience. After further exposure though, I mana... Continue reading
Adult Written byQazxswedcvfr July 22, 2019

Another awful review from Common Sense Media

The problem with Common Sense is that they seem to give games poor ratings due to graphic content instead of actual game quality, Manhunt delivers scary atmosph... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byshawn flory January 13, 2009

read the rating

this is a horrible is essentially about killing in the most sadistic ways possible. there is no excuse for the violence,mainly because even after you ar... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byTheBombFunn July 27, 2013


Okay lets get this straight. This is NOT A GAME FOR KID'S (AND ADULTS TOO) OF ANY AGE! If you're kids play M rated games, NEVER EVER let them play thi... Continue reading

What's it about?

As the star of MANHUNT you are James Earl Cash, a criminal who is on death row. Following your supposed execution, you wake up to find you have been \"rescued\" by the \"director.\" The director's goal is simple: He wants to tape you assassinating men he has hired to hunt you down and kill you. You are beaten and abused by the director's men, then thrust out into a world of thugs, gangsters and psychotic killers who make every effort to hunt you down.

Is it any good?

Words cannot really be used to describe Manhunt -- however, a few that come to mind are disturbing, sick, and scary. Not much else can be said for a game of which the entire focus is having the player assassinate people in the most gruesome way possible, all for the delight of a "director" who is taping your every move. If for any reason we needed to train kids to be expert killers, Manhunt could be the textbook.

Every aspect of a gruesome death is covered in slow-motion detail. The director is not happy with a simple death; instead you need to make the assassination bloodier, more cunning and more horrific to get the director's praise. Manhunt should make hardened criminals queasy, much less your kids. Keep your kids away from this one.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about why a game like this might be made. What is the appeal? Why do you think people like to play games that are so violent? Are violent games always bad for people, or can they be a safe fantasy?

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