Superhot

Game review by
David Wolinsky, Common Sense Media
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Surreal strategy, first-person shooter has mild violence.
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Parents say

age 10+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 14 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Players learn, eventually, why software piracy is bad.

Positive Role Models & Representations

There are consequences for actions as an unwilling computer hacker, but no other characters emerge to make moral cases one way or the other. 

Ease of Play

Simple controls, but takes time to fully master.

Violence

Players fire bullets, swing swords, clubs at enemies that shatter when hit, but no blood shown.

Sex
Language
Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Superhot is a downloadable action game that plays more like first-person-shooter chess. You don't play it like other action-shooters such as Call of Duty because there's a fundamental difference here: Time only moves when you move. Bullets go in slow motion, and you have to strategically monitor your surroundings, so there's more planning and careful moving than chaotic action here. Controls are simple to grasp but take time to master, and while there's violence as far as firing guns, enemies hit with rounds shatter into pieces without blood or gore.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bySoinicninja February 25, 2016

Superhot, More Like Super Good Brain Tool

This game is a very good tool for the brain; it is not a run and shoot game, its a Strategy game, put into an FPS. You just cant sprint into a room and kill eve... Continue reading
Adult Written byWhatacoolname B. March 17, 2018
Teen, 14 years old Written byWalkedRelic089 August 21, 2017

The Most Innovative Shooter I've Played In Years

SUPERHOT is an excellent game. The story is very clever and explores themes such as addiction to video-games, self-control, having independent thoughts and pira... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byQuackymol March 17, 2018

Intriguing game with intensely dark themes.

superHOT is a brilliant game with a really good story (in the game, your character believes there is no story) that will please anybody old enough to play it. T... Continue reading

What's it about?

In SUPERHOT, you play as somebody on a chat program who finds a crack for an unfinished video game. You "hack" into the developer's server and play the game in fits and starts. Every level you complete kicks you out of the game, forcing you to hack back in. As you get further in, you learn there's something sinister going on and that cracks to access the game prematurely may intentionally be given to people for some ulterior purpose.

Is it any good?

This adventure is such a strange, enticing, and exciting blend of the first-person shooter genre with the sort of strategic thinking inherent in chess, yet it's so simple that it's surprising how quickly it becomes second nature. It's also no surprise that it's difficult to stop after you start playing. Forgoing big, long levels, the game centers on a series of disconnected altercations and set pieces where you must survive and vanquish all the enemies who spawn and come after you. If you take a single hit at all, it's game over and you'll have to try again. This sounds like it might get frustrating, and it does occasionally, but the game is never impossible -- just extremely challenging.

It all hinges on the fact that nothing moves until you do. That means even if you see enemies coming at you with guns drawn and blasting, you will see the bullets very clearly and can move out of the way. That also makes your enemies tougher to defeat, as they will be doing the same with your actions. It's a constant game of chicken, but one that never wears out its welcome, whether it's a brutal fight in an elevator or you storming into a boardroom through a lobby to be the last one standing. The core doesn't change much, but it finds so many different facets to make it fun and exciting, making the whole thing tough to put down and stop. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about computer simulations. What can you learn from simulations in general? What are things you can never learn from a simulation? 

  • What can you learn or observe about people or your surroundings just by holding still?

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