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Call of Duty: Black Ops Zombies - Activision Publishing

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This app is a first person shooter game where players fight zombies. Caution: Not suitable for children 17 and under due to graphic cartoon violence, horror themes and online voice chat.

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No gambling content found in the levels played

This review of Call of Duty: Black Ops Zombies was completed by the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) on 14 November 2019.

About the app

This section contains details about the app provided by an ACCM Reviewer.

Name of app: Call of Duty: Black Ops Zombies
Developed by: Activision Publishing
Platform reviewed: Apple App Store
Cost: Paid
Developer’s suggested age: 17+, Frequent/Intense Cartoon or Fantasy Violence, Frequent/Intense Profanity or Crude Humour, Frequent/Intense Mature/Suggestive Themes, Frequent/Intense Realistic Violence, Frequent/Intense Horror/Fear Themes
ACCM suggested age: 18+ due to cartoon violence, horror themes and online multiplayer voice chat.
Gambling content advice: No gambling content found in the levels played

ACCM review

This review of Call of Duty: Black Ops Zombies contains the following information:

The level to which the game was reviewed

Played for several hours.

App description

Call of Duty: Black Ops Zombies starts off in a darkened mansion – with unseen zombies growling in the distance. Then the tutorial steps you through the controls: movement is achieved by an on-screen joystick to the left of screen, swipe anywhere to look left and right, select the target icon to aim the gun, press anywhere on-screen to shoot and press the knife at the bottom of the screen to slash at the attacking zombies. As you destroy zombies, you earn points – which can be used to unlock areas and upgrade weapons. There is also a Co-op Multiplayer option where you can play in real time with other online players. The aim of the game is to progress through the levels by destroying zombies and staying alive.

Reviewers comments

This game is not suitable for players 17 and under. Whilst the game has some light humour through character comments, the game on a whole is quite dark and comparable to a horror movie. There is clear blood splatter, heads exploding, zombie bodies that have been blown in half that continue to chase you by crawling and enraged dogs that appear to be on fire attacking you. Parents should also be vigilant around allowing access to games with real time voice chat – particularly with strangers.

In App purchasing

There is In-App purchasing in this game, examples include:

  • 12,000 Points $1.49
  • 30,000 Points $2.99
  • 100,000 Points $7.99
  • 600,000 Points $30.99
  • 250,000 Points $14.99
  • 2,000,000 Points $79.99

Online information

There is some online connectivity, such as:

  • Connects with other players in real time – with voice chat.

Gambling

At the time of review, the reviewer found no simulated gambling content. If you discover simulated gambling content in this app, please contact us with the details so we can update our review.

Advertising and product placement

There is advertising in this game, including:

  • In the “More Apps” section, the game advertises other game apps – which take you to the app store when you click on them.

Gender stereo types and sexual references

There is some gender stereotyping in this App. For example:

  • The 4 characters to choose from all appear to be male.

Coarse language

There is some coarse language in this App. For example:

  • The player’s character often boasts about his effectiveness with killing – which some may view as glamorising the act of killing.
  • Use of the word: “Bastard” can be heard at times.

Game playing behaviour which may be of concern to some parents

Please see reviewer’s comments above.

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