Rango: The Video Game

Game review by
Christopher Healy, Common Sense Media
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Solid action gaming with a fun, strange sense of humor.

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 4 reviews

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Positive Messages

There's a very straightforward good-guy vs bad-guy story, although gameplay may rely a bit too much on fighting. Rango is something of an intellectual, too, and uses an advanced vocabulary, which could possibly inspire kids to look up the meaning of the words he uses.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Rango is an oddball character who is prone to exaggeration, but he's also a clear-cut good guy whose main goal is to keep his town safe from the criminal element.

Ease of Play

The controls generally work well, and the challenge level is kept pretty low in the earlier half of the game. And when things get tougher, you can be thankful for frequent checkpoints that prevent you from having to go back too far if you lose.


Rango fights animal enemies with both fisticuffs and firearms -- though his gun is an unrealistic, cartoony weapon. Punching sounds and gunshots can be heard during battles. Defeated enemies disappear in a puff of smoke.


The word "hell" occurs in dialogue: "I am in 8-bit hell!"


The game is a tie-in to the current animated film, Rango.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Rango: The Video Game is a playful-yet-surreal action adventure game based on the animated film Rango. The game doesn't duplicate the story of the movie, but builds off of it. There is quite a bit of fighting and shooting in the game, but it's all depicted in an unrealistic, cartoony manner. Zombie animals may come across as too creepy for younger kids.

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Teen, 17 years old Written byDoritos-6 August 11, 2013

Great Game

On 11-17 Pause 8-9 Off 2-7
Teen, 16 years old Written byNot rated September 23, 2012

Rango the video game

A game for older kids.
Violence: Rango kills all the enimies with a gun.
Language: The h word is used once or twice. But good game.

What's it about?

RANGO: THE VIDEO GAME is not an adaptation of the movie that inspired it, but rather a spin-off. Here, Rango the lizard is sheriff of his small Western town. The action of the story -- which involves Rango trying to beat out a gang of outlaws in a race to recover fallen meteorites -- is presented in flashbacks as Rango recounts the tale to his fellow townsfolk. Expect a lot of humor (including video game in-jokes) mixed among the platform jumping, fast-paced animal riding, target shooting, and melee combat.

Is it any good?

There's a very quirky, surreal feeling to Rango: The Video Game -- one which matches the movie well. Fans of the film should appreciate the game as a sort of semi-sequel. More importantly, it works well as a game in its own right -- one which you could enjoy well enough without even having seen the movie. There's a ton of variety among the gameplay and a few really fun surprises that pop up in later levels. The controls work pretty smoothly and it's nice to see that the difficulty factor wasn't ramped up too much (at least in the beginning), considering that the game is based on a kids' movie.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Famlies can talk about violence in video games. Does the violence in a game like this have less of an impact because it's cartoony? What about the fact that the fighting occurs between animals rather than humans? Do you think this game would have been better if it didn't rely on fighting as a central component of gameplay?

  • Did you buy this game because you enjoyed the movie? Is it smart marketing to create video games based on children's movies?

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