Parents' Guide to

Mortal Kombat 1

By Paul Semel, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Epic fighting game has lots of blood, gore and language.

Mortal Kombat 1 box cover. Fighter with glowing eyes stands in front of dragon symbol.

A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 10+
Great Game lots of mild violence. I would personally recommend this game for 10 and up.
age 13+
Perfect for 13 year old. The game is violent but in this generation a 13 year old can handle this easly.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (3 ):

Thanks to a cool new move, this fighting game is just as bloody good as the last couple installments in this long-running series. In Mortal Kombat 1, you once again have to save Earthrealm by fighting a bunch of characters to the death. Though the "why" isn't really all that important as the "how", which comes courtesy of the new Kameo Fighters mechanic allowing you to command a fellow combatant to jump into your match, take a quick shot or two on your opponent, and then step back and wait for you to call them again. It's kind of like a special attack in other games, one that takes time to recharge, but can be very effective.

Admittedly, the Kameo Fighters mechanic is just that: a mechanic. It's not a game changer and it doesn't turn this into a tag team match. But given that the rest of the game has the same smooth and deep controls as the previous installments, Mortal Kombat X and Mortal Kombat 11, as well as the same deadly characters, you know what kind of fight it's going to be. That isn't to say this is a rehash of earlier games with one new move. Instead it adds other exciting elements like fun new places to engage in fisticuffs, most notably, an ostentatious Malibu beach pad. It also has multiple ways to play, including a nicely varied story mode, and multiple options to fight friends online. All of which is why Mortal Kombat 1 is still the first name in bloody good fighting games.

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