Review: Fortnite explained to parents

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What parents need to know

The Fortnite phenomenon invades all consoles, phones and computers! Choose your character and jump off a flying bus to land on a desert island where you will face 99 other players with all kinds of firearms. Who will emerge victorious? Everyone’s tricks and skills will be used to separate you.

Fortnite Switch BundleRelease date: 25 July 2017

Developed by: Epic Games
Published by: Epic Games
Available on: everything…
Nintendo Switch, Playstation 4, Playstation 5, Xbox Series, Xbox One, PC, Android phone, iOS phone…

Type of game: Battle Royale, Free-to-play
Average game time: 10-15 minutes

Estimate of the total duration of the game: Infinite

Topics: Fights, action, cartoon

Business model: Just need to buy the game once.

Number of players:
1 player per console, or PC.
Up to 100 players online.

Available in free digital (download) on all machines/platforms.

Possible configurations of the Nintendo Switch:

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There are many commands and reflexes to have to survive online. You will have to train to get results.
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In Save The World mode, it is possible to choose the difficulty because you face enemies controlled by the game.

In Battle Royale mode, it is not possible to choose the difficulty because you are facing enemies controlled by humans. So you can face players who are weaker or stronger than yourself and you never know who to fall on.

More details on the game modes below.

Violence, fear, nudity?
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The characters shoot themselves with numerous firearms, swords and grenades. No blood. It’s all in a cartoon universe.

They fight monsters or other human characters controlled by other players, in remote or melee combat.

Players can also defeat enemies using various traps (e.g., electric, spikes, toxic gas).

The battles are marked by frequent gunfire, explosions and cries of pain.

Level of language used
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Developped enough. Suitable for children from the end of high school or more. Online players can use their microphones or chat. Anyone can communicate with anyone at any time. So we can hear swearing and insults.

Positive message
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The characters have all the colors, shapes and costumes. Some modes encourage team combat. However, the great danger comes from the possible communications between players.

There are cases of harassment between young players for any reason, or malicious people talking to children.

Minimum reading level required
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Must have a few years of reading experience.

Additional costs ?
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It is possible to buy multiple extensions with additional content, costumes, characters, different forms for weapons… The player is constantly asked to take action and buy additional content with real money.

And when it’s not the game that does it, it’s going to be his friends and the players who are going to put social pressure on him to conform to the group.

The strategies of Epic Games (the developer and publisher of the game) to make young players spend money are very deceitful and thought with psychologists.

It is necessary to talk to your child before you allow them to play.

In addition there are TWO levels of parental controls to prevent untimely spending and abuse of language by other players:

If you would like more details about Fortnite’s Strategies for Spending, please see the link article.

Minimum level of execution on the controller required
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The character can use weapons, objects, build buildings, move in an open world in 3 dimensions. This means that many buttons are used, and they must be used quickly to defeat opponents.

Principle of the game

The game is free to download on each console, phone or computer.

It’s an action game in which players build forts, gather resources, build weapons and fight hordes of monsters in frantic battles. Players compete in two multiplayer game modes: Save the World and Battle Royale, all from a third-person perspective.

The game has constantly updated content, and new characters are appearing temporarily and permanently. Fortnite also obtained numerous collaborations with characters from Disney (Marvel, Star Wars, X-Men, Avengers), or Warner Bros (DC Comics).

No local game modes

Fortnite is played exclusively online.

Online gaming modes

To play online, all you need is an internet connection on consoles, phones or computers. You don’t need a subscription.

Save The World:

Players use firearms, swords and grenades to fight hordes of monsters and defend territory

Battle Royale:

Definitely the mode that made the game so popular that it became a phenomenon. 1 player versus 100 online. Everybody against everyone.

Players compete in “last man standing” shootouts with other players on an island with decreasing borders.

Note that Playstation players can play with those of Nintendo Switch, those of Xbox Series … Etc.
Whichever machine your child plays, they can play with their friends online, even if they have a different machine.


Fortnite is a very good game, very well calibrated, and one of the most played games in the world with more than 125 million players. However, its business model is very aggressive and will convince many people to buy this or that costume or extensions. It is better to learn, to see to play before, to understand all the strategies of monetization and to circumvent them or explain them to his child.

More information about the game: Official game page

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