The chances are if you have a child that likes gaming, they will have asked to play the new craze Fornite: Battle Royale. This is a spin-off from the game Fortnite that is available for PC/Mac, Xbox/Playstation and iOS (Apple tablets and phones) but not yet for Android.
Fortnite: Battle Royale is a 100-player last person standing shooter rated PEGI 12 for violence. Players are dropped into a game map and have to shoot the other players to win the game. During the game, players can collect and unlock weapons, build structures to hide or defend themselves and try to avoid the storm that damages all players outside the safe zone. During the game, the land available is reduced so survivors are forced closer together. The last survivor is the winner.
Players can play solo, duos or in squads of four and it can be played across different platforms. While the content is violent, it is cartoon-like rather than gory. The game is fun and humorous. Fortnite: Battle Royale contains both voice and text chat so young players might be exposed to mature language, but this can be switched off. Popular Youtube gamers such as DanTDM are playing this game on their channels and Epic the game manufacturer is adding new features all the time – an android version of the game is expected in the next few months. Each game can last about 20 minutes so one of the major issues is the length of play. Depending on your child, you may need to instigate a timer system for play based on finishing the next game as kids will not want to stop the game in the middle as their team mates will be cross and they will lose points they’ve earned in the game.
The game is free, but there are many opportunities to buy items within the game, such as Premium Battle Passes that allow you to unlock different items until the end of the season.
Parents need to know:
- Multi-player, multi-platform, last player standing shooter rated PEGI 12
- Voice and text chat available
- Free to obtain but in-app purchases available
- Each game lasts 20 minutes so players can end up playing for a long time