Star Fox: Assault

Game review by
Jeremy Gieske, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommendPopular with kids
A kid-friendlier shooter.

Parents say

age 7+
Based on 8 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 24 reviews

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A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Wave after wave of enemies, but no blood and gore.


Plenty of insults are tossed back and forth, but none are crass.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this game has a lot of violent and sometimes frenzied action, but it's free of blood and gore. The main characters are represented as caricatures of animals, making the violence less realistic. Nonetheless, the main goal is to kill as many enemies as quickly as possible. Finally, repetitive motion injury could be a real concern -- much of the game involves pushing the "fire" button rapidly for extended periods of time.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byVohaul April 20, 2019

Star Fox for the GameCube

Ignore the T rating, this game is perfectly fine. It's also the GameCube's true StarFox game after the spinoff that was Star Fox Adventures. Assault w... Continue reading
Adult Written byNikeswoosh99 October 28, 2012

Very childish and for babies

Are you kidding me common sense! 12 and up! Thats a joke. My kids are 13 and 11 and I let them play this when they were 6 and I would have let them play it even... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byDaBuffman May 1, 2017

Minor Complaint

It is actually a third person shooter Common Sense Media.
Teen, 15 years old Written byiuerhyn5y April 30, 2019

Amazing game, but horrifiy scenes with the aparoid queen.

The passion Nintendo put in this game is amazing! I hope the Aparoid Queen's impersonations don't hurt you too bad. Because using your loved ones to f... Continue reading

What's it about?

Quick reflexes and a muscular trigger finger are a player's best friend when it comes to beating STAR FOX: ASSAULT. Fighting in space and on foot, players assume the role of Fox McCloud -- the dashing, long-running hero of the Star Fox series of games. Fox, along with the Star Fox Team, his band of other commandoes-for-hire (their mercenary status doesn't factor into the gameplay), is once again called to the defense of the once peaceful Lylat solar system. This time, the enemy is the Aparoids -- evil insect robots that threaten to destroy the galaxy. Gameplay is split in two different styles. In some parts, players are able to freely fly or run around, taking on enemies wherever they find them -- similar to Doom 3 or Halo 3. But in other parts the action is strictly guided and the player must fly along the game's preset path, targeting and then blasting as fast as they can press the fire button. These portions of the game can become intense, with wave after wave of enemies and obstacles coming at the player at a frenzied rate.

Is it any good?

Several factors make the game more kid-friendly than typical first-person shooters. Star Fox: Assault has a lot of violence and impressive explosions, but it is relatively free of blood and gore. It also helps that all of the characters are portrayed as animals, which allows some additional distancing between the violence of the game and reality. Finally, the game rewards friendship and loyalty -- players often are called upon to help other team members.

But parents should remember that the game's main goal is still to kill as many enemies as possible in the shortest amount of time. In fact, repetitive motion injury is actually a serious concern, considering how intensely and frequently players need to press the "fire" button. While there isn't any profanity, there's some relatively innocent trash-talking between the good and bad guys. This kiddy-cocktail version of a shooter is successful in its mission and provides an entertaining and action-packed adventure for the pre-teen/teenager crowd, but parents should be cautious before letting their youngest children play.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the use of animal characters. Would you feel differently if your targets were more realistic animals? What if they looked like robots? Or humans?

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