Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief

Game review by
Jinny Gudmundsen, Common Sense Media
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Repetitive fantasy combat mars popular book remake.

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 11 reviews

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Positive Messages

This is a game about non-stop combat, so while there is a message about being brave and heroic, the main message is to fight you way through things.

Positive Role Models & Representations

While Percy and his friends are noble heroes, one friend deceives them. Their methods of heroic always involve some sort of combat and the infliction of magical attacks.

Ease of Play

The game uses the stylus for selecting your attacks, and scrolling through menus to upgrade your skills. It is all pretty straightforward. None of you enemies are very difficult to defeat.


Most of your time spent in this role-playing game will be in combat. But it is turned-based combat where you decide which attack to use on your opponents and then you watch a video of your character doing the action you selected. You will also watch as opponents attack you. Attacks include swipes with swords (no blood, just grunts), burning with fire, knock-outs with powerful jets of water, stunning, poisoning, and sending a barrage of shrapnel. You and your opponents are simply knocked to the ground. Opponents can include scary-looking Hell Hounds, Furies, undead, skeletons, aberrations, Hades, Medusa, Minotaur, and many other Greek mythological characters.


Percy will use words like "crap" and demigods will issue taunts at each other.


This game is based on the movie and book of the same name.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

One scene takes place in a casino in Las Vegas where kids are given a drug (Lotus leaves) to keep them "happy."

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Percy Jackson and The Olympians: The Lightning Thief is a role-playing/fighting game based on the movie of the same name and the first book in the Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson series. While the game has kids read about the story, all of the game play is turned-based combat – and there is a lot of it. As the strategist of all fights, kids will plot out what magical attacks their group of characters will engage in as they fight Minotaurs, Hades, Medusa, the undead, Hell Hounds, Furies, and other Greek mythological creatures. Kids will watch the attack animations show swords being swung, water geysers erupting, fire burning characters and foes, and other fantastical attacks; but no blood is shown and the injured simply fall down. Early on, Percy Jackson's mother appears to have died.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent Written byadrian26 February 29, 2016


Percy is trying to go on a mission. He gets the mission with some friends and they go on this mission. On the way to the mission he has a few struggles and fear... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byMary2222222 March 30, 2020
I had read the entire series when I was younger and was fascinated by the stories of the greek gods. I would highly recommend because it is educational yet ente... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old July 11, 2019


Well personally I thought the movie was great. Their was some thematic language in the movie that’s why I’m rating it 12 and up.

What's it about?

In PERCY JACKSON AND THE OLYMPIANS: THE LIGHTNING THIEF, kids control Percy Jackson, a 12-year-old boy who discovers an alternative reality where Greek Gods and mythological creatures walk amongst us. Percy finds out that his father is Poseidon, the God of the Sea, which makes him a demigod and explains his special powers of controlling water. Percy and a group of demigod friends go on a quest to rescue Percy's mother from Hades and retrieve a lightning bolt belonging to Zeus. As players move from New York to California, they must fight Greek mythological creatures every step of the way, and eventually fight stronger foes including the Gods themselves. These fights are turned-based and winning means your fighters get stronger and earn new magical attacks.

Is it any good?

Percy Jackson and The Olympians: The Lightning Thief offers a deep combat system which uses some of the god-like skills discussed in Rick Riordan's books. It is a game about the strategy of how you use your group of demigods to defeat supernatural foes. You need both healers and attackers to survive.

But the problem is that this game is a one-pony show. The constant turn-based battling just gets old. And most of your enemies just aren't that tough, even though they may be Greek Gods. The book  on which this game is based is rich with clever and exciting ideas about how the Greek Gods are a part of the world as we know it. Too bad this game fails to enthrall the way the book did.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what parts of this book/movie you would have included in the video game. Why do companies create video games based on popular books/movies?

  • Did this game adequately transfer the book or movie for you? Have you read the book or seen the movie?

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