My Friend Pedro

Game review by
Paul Semel, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommend
Silly but engaging shooter for mature action junkies.

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 7 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Surviving this shooter requires perseverance and willingness to fail and then try again, as well as a fair bit of quick thinking.

Positive Role Models & Representations

While our hero kills a lot of people, they're people who do bad things. Which doesn't make it OK, but it does make it slightly better than if he was killing innocent people.

Ease of Play

The controls can be a little tricky at times, but the game has three settings for aim assistance (low, medium, and high) as well as three difficulty options (normal, hard, and "bananas").

Violence

Players use guns, their feet, and gymnastics to kill people, resulting in a lot of blood being spilled. But the squirting blood can be turned off. 

Sex
Language
Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that My Friend Pedro is a downloadable shooter for Nintendo Switch and Windows PCs. The game is a violent, bloody shooter that lets the main character use guns, feet, and gymnastics to kill a ton of people, resulting in a lot of bloodshed. Players concerned about the amount of blood shown in the game have the option to disable it from appearing on-screen. Otherwise, there's no objectionable content to be found in the game.

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byKarenSpikes January 6, 2020

Okay For Kids Who Think

Let me start off the review by saying that this game is not as violent as the website shapes it out to be. It does involve violence, but the blood can be turned... Continue reading
Adult Written byKaren V. July 25, 2020

Doesn't deserve to be rated Mature...

The game isn't nearly as violent as other people say. It should be rated teen. My 12 year old asked for me to buy it, I researched the game to see if it w... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byBreezeeFive May 30, 2020

Extremely fun, dumb, arcade, action shooter

I played this in practically one sitting, it was so good, it’s a little awkward to control but once you get it down you’ll be doing back flips off walls while s... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byNat-Nat April 22, 2020
This game is really fun and injoyable. Although I do recommend that kids 12 and up play because of the blood and some gory images, but you can go to the setting... Continue reading

What's it about?

In MY FRIEND PEDRO, you and your pal Pedro (a talking, floating banana) wake up in the basement of a butcher shop that's actually a front for organized crime. Armed with pistols, your kicking shoes, some gymnastics skills, and the ability to slow down time, you and Pedro have to escape by taking out as many bad guys as you can. Players have the option to control both their bodies and the weapons they hold in both hands when they're in battle, giving a surprising amount of lethality when it comes to attacking enemies. Along with the fast-paced fights, players will also engage in motorcycle chases and solve puzzles.

Is it any good?

By giving you gymnastics skills and the ability to slow time, this old-school-style shooter makes you feel like you're Keanu Reeves in his best movies. In My Friend Pedro, you and your sentient floating banana pal Pedro have to shoot your way out of a butcher shop that's a front for organized crime. It's a good thing you have not only an endless supply of bullets, and your kicking shoes, but also some gymnastics skills and the ability to slow down time. This not only helps you shoot bad guys in hard to reach places, but also to survive when they have you surrounded. Or, to think of it another way: This is like if someone made a side-scrolling twin-stick arcade-style shooter about that time John Wick woke up in The Matrix

In fact, it's when things start to get really clever and complicated and "Neo in the Matrix"-like that this shooter gets really good. While it's always fun to shoot bad guys while doing a slo-mo backwards jump, it's in the later levels, when you can do things like bank shots off hanging metal plates, that this becomes really challenging and satisfying. It's just too bad this isn't also available for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, since the Switch's controller doesn't work as well for this kind game, and playing on a PC's keyboard would be frustrating. Even so, with clever levels, the skills to complete them, and a talking banana, My Friend Pedro is an addictive and exciting shooter for anyone who wishes they were Keanu Reeves.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about violence in video games. Is the impact of the violence in My Friend Pedro affected by the focus on bloodshed and killing enemies? Is the impact lessened if you turn the blood and gore off, or do the actions you commit have the same effect regardless of what's shown?

  • When playing My Friend Pedro, you'll die a lot, which will make you redo the same section multiple times. Why do you think perseverance against difficult odds is an important skill in life? When do you think failing and trying again can be helpful?

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