Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth

Game review by
Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommend
Deep strategy, role-playing in mature, violent fantasy game.

Parents say

age 16+
Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 4 reviews

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A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Fighting demons and evil is overshadowed by loads of violence and sexual imagery.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Little is known about the main characters (students fighting through an underground school labyrinth), but they're skilled at what they do.

Ease of Play

Easy controls, easy to learn. Full introductory walkthrough tutorial.


Turn-based combat against fantastical creatures including evil spirits, monsters, demons, and larger boss enemies. Players use guns, blades, and crossbows and summon creatures with magic. A few scenes show blood-smeared walls or floors.


Frequent partial nudity: monsters with exposed breasts and phallic-looking enemies. All female fighters wear short skirts. Players can summon sexual personas such as Succubus and Incubus ("They visit sleeping men/women and have sexual intercourse with them," according to the game's dialogue and in-game glossary).


Frequent profanity, including the words "s--t" and "d--k."

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth is a role-playing game that pits students against demons and monsters threatening their school. The game is extremely easy to control and learn, thanks to the use of the 3DS stylus and a full tutorial that walks players through the basics of playing the game. But although it features anime cartoon-like graphics, this mature title features plenty of combat using a variety of weapons in blood-streaked environments. It also features frequent partial nudity (breasts on some female creatures), sexual references, and profanity.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bymajema007 December 19, 2014

Quick thoughts on this game.

Despite the fact that this game isn't necessarily something appropriate for your kids due to adult themes. I still think that Persona Q can offer plenty of... Continue reading
Adult Written byHibiki T. March 28, 2018

My thoughts on the hit RPG, Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth.

PersonaQ: Shadow of the Labyrinth is a good game all in all, however, I think kids should follow what the ESRB rating has to say. PersonaQ is a game meant to be... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byPoodle4Life May 8, 2015

The rating for this game is all wrong

I did have a long nice review, but my computer crashed so I'll make short and sweet.

The blood is rare and only in one labyrinth.
The language has only 3... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written byAnimeOtaku May 13, 2015

Quick Review on an underrated game

Persona is a great series. Here's a quick summary if you're a parent who thinks these games are violent. Persona 3 is about a place called Iwatodai wh... Continue reading

What's it about?

PERSONA Q: SHADOW OF THE LABYRINTH is a role-playing game that fuses turn-based action, strategy, adventuring, and RPG-like upgrades. The story follows a group of students that explore a dangerous and hidden labyrinth underneath their school. They use their skills as warriors to defeat fantastic enemies including demons, spirits, and larger "boss" creatures that require more effort to destroy. Fans of the franchise will recognize some characters leading the charge. Worth noting is the sheer amount of content here, with many pathways to take, unlockable areas, and strong replayability; there's upwards of 100 hours of playtime. Another new feature is the use of the 3DS stylus pen, which can be used to chart a course through the winding tunnels, making notes, tapping for treasures, and more.

Is it any good?

If you're into the Japanese-style turn-based battling found in Pokemon-style games, the Final Fantasy series, and many others, this game is perfect for you. It's a bit slower-paced than other action and platformer games (with plenty of dialogue), but because the audience is older, the pacing should be fine for most. In fact, the gameplay is very rewarding thanks to the multiple (and memorable) characters you'll meet and the many interesting enemies and set pieces you'll fight through.

Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth is also packed with other goodies, including collectibles, treasures, and unlockables. The accessibility will lure you in, but the breadth and depth will keep you playing for a long time. Along with the attractive visuals, the game's soundtrack (including some classic Persona tunes) will keep you engaged. Older Nintendo 3DS gamers looking for something meaty to take on won't be disappointed with this A-grade dungeon-crawling epic.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the fantastical nature of the violence in this game. Do you feel the violent content is inappropriate? Does it have any connection to the real world?

  • What are your thoughts on the "good guys" in Persona Q? Would you consider them to be role models? Why, or why not?

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