Australian Council on Children and the Media

Suicide Squad - Warner Bros

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Suicide Squad: Special Ops is a first person shooter/’beat-em up’ game. Skills required to play the game include: co-ordination, spatial memory and navigation. Caution: online interactivity; violent content

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No gambling content found in the levels played

This review of Suicide Squad was completed by the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) on 24 November 2016.

About the app

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

Name of app: Suicide Squad
Developed by: Warner Bros
Platform reviewed: Apple App Store
Cost: Free
Developer’s suggested age: 12
ACCM suggested age: Due to violent game play, ACCM recommends 13+.
Gambling content advice: No gambling content found in the levels played

ACCM review

This review of Suicide Squad contains the following information:

The level to which the game was reviewed

14

App description

Suicide Squad: Special Ops is a first person shooter/beat them up game.

 Gameplay involves navigating a war torn city environment in order to fight off attacking enemies. Points are rewarded for waves (levels) survived, kills and special ability kills. Attacking styles and types of weapons vary between the three characters (which are interchangeable): “Deadshot” uses guns, “Harley Quinn” uses a baseball bat and a gun and “Diablo” is able to emit streams of fire from his hands. The aim of the game is to survive as long as possible to obtain the most amount of points. 

Reviewers comments

The game does not require any type of log-in or other application connectivity (such as Facebook). However, the game may require an “Everyday SDK” upgrade (software that allows players to share and watch segments of gameplay). Players will also be asked if they would like to receive notifications (alerts, sounds and icon badges).

Social networking only extends to high scores being compared on a leader board. Players can watch short clips of each other’s recorded game play (if players allow this). Other than this, there is no shared on-line interaction.

The reviewer did not encounter any in-app purchasing during game play. The game appears to be a promotional tool for the movie. You can see the ACCM review of the movie here: 

Children aged 13 and up should be ok to play this game. This age recommendation is in line with the age classification for the movie. 

In App purchasing

None

Online information

Social networking only extends to high scores being compared on a leader board. Players can watch short clips of each other’s recorded game play (if players allow this). 

Other online activity required to download, play or interact with the app include:

  • Receive data from the internet.
  • Connectivity with social media

Gambling

At 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

None

Gender stereo types and sexual references

Some parents may not be comfortable with “Harley Quinn’s” appearance which some may interpret as sexually provocative. 

Coarse language

None noted

Game playing behaviour which may be of concern to some parents

Whilst the players are fending off attackers which appear bad in nature, the characters (which the player controls) are villains themselves – enemies of popular superheroes.

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