Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden

Game review by
Jeff Haynes, Common Sense Media
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Violent post-apocalyptic tale challenges strategy skills.

Parents say

age 9+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 2 reviews

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

Positive Messages

While there’s a drive for survival against all odds and attempting to keep the members of your community alive, the only way this is handled is by eliminating all threats with firepower.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Your team of stalkers are very rough characters born out of the post-apocalyptic wasteland, and they are trying their best to help themselves and others survive. Very little is known about the squad, and over the course of the game, players are left with more questions than answers.

Ease of Play

While gameplay's very similar to other turn-based strategy games, the difficulty of Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden is very high, even on the easiest difficulty level. Stealth gameplay can give players an edge in conflicts, but battles quickly become a fast-paced war to see who remains standing at the end of giant firefights.


Combat's a key gameplay element, with your squad facing off against mutants, ghouls, robots, and other opponents. Players use firearms, lasers, explosives, and mutant powers to kill their opponents, who scream when defeated. Blood’s frequently shown as bullets hit their target, and there are plenty of bodies scattered across the environment.


Swearing occurs in dialogue sequences and in random comments in combat, including “f--k” and “s--t.”


Based on tabletop role-playing game Mutant: Year Zero.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Mentions grog, a generic name for alcohol, but nothing specific shown in game. A bar serves as a place for upgrades.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden is a downloadable strategy role-playing game for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and Windows PCs. The Nintendo Switch version is the deluxe version and includes this game and the expansion, Seed of Evil. This game's based on a tabletop role-playing game, and takes place in a post-apocalyptic wasteland, where characters fight mutants, ghouls, and other creatures in an attempt to survive another day. Combat’s a key part of the gameplay, with characters using firearms, grenades, and mutant powers to kill their opponents, who scream when defeated. Blood frequently flies from wounds, and bodies are often scattered across the environment to show the devastation. There’s lots of swearing that pops up in dialogue, as well as in random comments in the middle of battle, including “f--k” and “s--t.” Apart from references to grog, a generic name for alcohol, and a bar where character upgrades are hosted, there’s nothing seen of characters drinking.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byYouguh February 29, 2020
Teen, 14 years old Written byThe Commodore April 20, 2019

Great isometric RPG

The game is brutally difficult, but I like it that way. Gameplay is fun and engaging. There are curse words used. The art is heavily stylized. There are corpses... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byMrbro55 August 16, 2019

A great game but very challenging and complcated. Requires patience.

I think its a great game. defenetly for 12 year old or up (age 12 is for complicated, not violent.

What's it about?

MUTANT YEAR ZERO: ROAD TO EDEN is a strategy role-playing game set on a truly devastated Earth in the far flung future. After massive climate change, a global plague, and nuclear war, the few remaining remnants of humanity have gathered together in scattered enclaves or bunkers. Only the bravest members of these societies, called Stalkers, venture out into the wasteland with weapons and mutant abilities looking for equipment and resources to bring back to their people. Players take on the role of Dux and Bormin, two Stalkers from a large settlement known as The Ark. When they discover that a fellow team of Stalkers have gone missing, it’s up to these two to build a squad of fellow adventurers, explore the wasteland, and hopefully bring their people home safe. Players will engage in stealthy exploration of their environments, which quickly turns into turn-based squad battles against a variety of enemies. Success frequently results in scrap materials that can be used to buy upgrades, or even powerful artifacts that can give ability enhancements. But act quickly, Stalker -- the fate of The Ark, and possibly all of humanity, rests in your hands.

Is it any good?

This post-apocalyptic strategy role-playing game (RPG) is packed with atmosphere and engaging touches, but it’s the challenging fights that will keep strategy fans coming back for more. Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden is based off of a table top RPG where players take the role of Stalkers, brave adventurers on a Mad Max-like journey through the wastelands. These aren’t typical heroes either; Dux and Bormin are a talking duck and boar, respectively, each with their own mutated superpowers. While you don’t know much about the characters until the very end (with a reveal that’s clearly set up for a sequel or a franchise), you do get glimpses of what these battle-hardened, cynical warriors think from snarky comments about situations they find themselves in. As you explore the world, you’ll come across things they’ve never seen before; airplane crashes are regarded as “metal birds,” and in their eyes, a lumber mill with piled up timber has “strange sideways growing trees.” The glimpses of this devastated world, especially as you start to put together what they’re exploring, is a lovely atmospheric touch.

Gameplay's a mix of exploration and stealth, as you search for items while avoiding possible hazards and threats. But this also raises one of the game's biggest issues, which is that combat really tests your tactical skills. You can’t distract opponents and can only pick off a few enemies with stealth attacks. Unfortunately, that means that when battle starts, every enemy in the area comes running, and frequently calls for back up. At that point, if you’re not at a high level or have the right gear, the only solution is to reload your game and try again, which can be frustrating. Fights are complex puzzles here, and it’ll take time to figure out each solution. Nintendo Switch owners should also be aware that while the game includes both this game and the original, the visuals are a bit muddy and hard to see, which can be a problem when you're searching for items in the environment. Playing it on a television helps slightly, but it's still a bit rough to pick up all the details you'd like, so you may miss vital items. For role-playing gamers and strategy fans willing to put in the time to solve these fights or adjust their tactics in the middle of battle, they’ll find a lot of fun in taming the wastelands of Mutant: Year Zero.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about violence in video games. Is the impact of the violence in Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden affected by the bloody and violent battles that happen in each area? Would the impact be lessened if there wasn’t as much blood or gore shown?

  • Why do you think post-apocalyptic stories or dystopias are popular in science fiction? Do you think there are lessons or warnings that can be learned from these stories? For all of the despair, do these tales also highlight hope and goodwill?

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