Parents need to know that "Alien: Blackout" is a science fiction survival horror game for iOS and Android devices. Players attempt to lead a group of survivors through a series of tasks while avoiding getting killed by an alien creature stalking in the shadows. There's an intense sense of tension and fear throughout the game, but scenes of brutal violence are few and far between since the player's main goal is to avoid confrontation whenever possible. The game's based on the popular "Alien" horror franchise, with a story set between the events of the first two films. Parents should be aware that there's occasional profanity in the game's dialogue, with "damn" and "s--t" mainly used. Also, the game's a completely self-contained purchase, with a onetime price to pay and no microtransactions.
WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
"Alien: Blackout" poses one big question to players: What could possibly be worse than being trapped on a malfunctioning space station? How about being trapped on a malfunctioning space station while being stalked by the deadliest creature in the universe? That's the situation for Amanda Ripley and her crew. Stranded in deep space with a bloodthirsty Xenomorph lurking in the shadows, it's up to the players, as Amanda, to remotely direct the rest of the crew to safety via one of the ship's security terminals. With only a limited power supply available, Amanda must use the terminal to access the station's holographic map, surveillance cameras, and motion trackers to stay hidden from the Xenomorph and to protect the crew as they repair the station through seven fear-inducing levels.
IS IT ANY GOOD?
Sign Up and Save
Get six months of free digital access to The Telegraph
The "Alien" franchise is chest-bursting its way to mobile devices with "Alien: Blackout", a survival horror game that pits players against the deadliest creature in the universe while further expanding on the rich mythology that keeps fans afraid of what may lurk in the shadows. The biggest surprise in "Alien: Blackout" is how polished the game is. It looks and plays less like a mobile game and more like a console release. This is even more surprising considering that it's a complete package, with no microtransactions or subscriptions built-in. Game play is generally smooth and intuitive, with players (as Amanda) directing survivors around the crippled station while keeping them from crossing the path (and the jaws) of the Xenomorph stalking the shadows. It's not an easy task, though, as corralling those survivors while simultaneously trying to keep track of the Xenomorph's movements can quickly get overwhelming. While this adds a level of anxiety and even occasional frustration, it adds more to the experience, especially those jump scares when the Xenomorph suddenly appears out of nowhere –– and the exhilaration when the survivors escape with their lives.
RATING AND CONTENT
Recommended for ages 14 and older
Quality: 5 out of 5
Ease of play: 2 out of 5
Violence: 3 out of 5
Sex: 0 out of 5
Language: 3 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, and smoking: 0 out of 5
Consumerism: 2 out of 5
Devices: iPhone, iPad, Android
Release date: January 24, 2019
Category: Adventure Games
Size: 626.80 MB
Publisher: D3 Go!
Minimum software requirements: Requires iOS 8.0 or higher; Android 4.4 and up
Common Sense Media is an independent nonprofit organization offering unbiased ratings and trusted advice to help families make smart media and technology choices. Check out our ratings and recommendations at www.commonsense.org.