Australian Council on Children and the Media

Frontline Commando 2 - Glu Games

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Third person shooter game involving missions done to completion, as well as character progression.

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No gambling content found in the levels played

This review of Frontline Commando 2 was completed by the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) on 2 April 2014.

About the app

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

Name of app: Frontline Commando 2
Developed by: Glu Games
Platform reviewed: Apple App Store, Google Play
Cost: Free
Developer’s suggested age: Google Play Store: Medium Maturity, iTunes Store: 12+
ACCM suggested age: 16+ moderate /high level interpersonal violence, online social interaction and store content
Gambling content advice: No gambling content found in the levels played

ACCM review

This review of Frontline Commando 2 contains the following information:

The level to which the game was reviewed

This review focuses on levels: 1-10 (character levels).

App description

This is a third person shooter game with modern weapons, as well as realistic depictions of the battlefield and war. The player uses on-screen controls to fire at and kill enemies. The objective of this game is to complete the campaign section of a series of missions of increasing difficulty. This game requires no specific skills.

Reviewers comments

Frontline Commando 2 is a game in which the player is thrust into the field of combat. The missions begin with tutorial components, teaching the player to aim and shoot, to utilise squadmates and grenades, and to navigate the complex menu. Players are encouraged regularly to upgrade their weapons and squadmates. The game frequently features full-screen pop up ads, which require player action to close, and has a great number of features which players must buy in-game currency in order to unlock. Currency is required for speeding up tasks, purchasing new weapons, purchasing grenades and medkits, and upgrading every piece of equipment the player owns. In some missions, the player is allowed to try one of the more expensive weapons, and then is prompted in a full-screen offer after the mission to purchase that weapon at a discount.

The game contains very realistic depictions of war and parents should be aware of the potentially serious repercussions this could have on children. It also appears to encourage violent behaviour and romanticises the nature of weapon use. 

In App purchasing

Players can purchase in-game currency ranging in price from $2.99 (to purchase 80 coins) to $110.99 (to purchase 3,600). 

Online information

Players are encouraged to fight against squadrons created by other players. No actual online communication occurs through this feature. Players are also encouraged to sync their Google+ account to the game to enable the app to publish achievements. This also allows the player to communicate with Google+ friends who also play the game.

Gambling

No gambling content found in the levels reviewed.

Advertising and product placement

This game contains a large number of full-screen advertisements that require manual player action to close.

Gender stereo types and sexual references

All soldiers depicted (except for one) are male, and the only female soldier is a buxom female character who attempts to sell the player weapons at a discount.

Game playing behaviour which may be of concern to some parents

This game has moderate to high level violence and accurate depictions of the field of combat. Parents should be aware of this before allowing children to play this game. Parents should also consider the way in which the game encourages the player to kill other human beings, and rewards the player for doing so.

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