Parents' Guide to

StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm

By Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

"Stellar" sci-fi strategy expansion wows fans of the series.

Game Mac , Windows 2013
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 11+

Starcraft 2 is a great game for the practice of strategy and optimal choices, though there are minor blood and a chat feature the violence is kept in a futuristic setting where the weapons are space ships and lazer blasters. Plus the option to turn off the chat is well for younger players with communication restrictions.
age 13+


a little blood plus possible bad chat but other then that it's great the reason I say 13 up is it's hard to play typing mouse multitasking

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (4 ):

Yes, indeed. Along with the all-new story-driven sci-fi single-player campaign with more than two dozen levels and cinematic sequences to help push the tale along, you'll gain access to devastating new units across dynamic battlefields, unlock Kerrigan's latent psionic powers, and planet hop aboard your moon-sized Zerg Leviathan.

Fans of the multiplayer modes from the first game will be able to experience all new enhancements to the online games, including new co-op games with friends, custom-made mod downloads from the StarCraft II Arcade, and engage in multiple competitive modes for bragging rights on the global leaderboard. There isn't much to complain about with this game -- unless you don't like Blizzard's "if it ain't broke" design philosophy -- plus be aware you need StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty to play this stellar strategy expansion.

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