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Play OverviewPlay Overview

Pixel Gun 3D (2014) is a Minecraft-looking online shooting game. It's been around since 2014 and has grown in popularity for its quick action and less violent version of games like Call of Duty and Fortnite. You can play on a smartphone, it's bright and fun, but parents should keep an eye on purchases and in-game chat.

Play involves traversing the world and shooting other players with the weapons you find. There are a range of different modes that change the rules and challenge, but they all focus on shooting. Battle Royale, Raids, Death match, Duels are as their names suggest. Imposter has you trapped in the Spaceship with other players like Among Us. Clans has you working with friends to battle other teams with Sieges and Raids.

The game has a big focus on unlocking and upgrading the 900 different weapons. This happens between games while in the lobby and, along with outfits, drive the incentives to play and earn currency or to spend real money to speed this up. There are a wide range of ways to earn and spend to progress:
  • Trader's Van: Turns up every few days to offer weapons for sale for Gems or Coins.
  • Sets: You can try and win sets of weapons. First try is free but then you must buy additional attempts for Gems.
  • Lottery: You can try and win weapons by spending the Keys you got in the game.
  • Pixel Pass: Buy to get at least one weapon and other rewards if you opt for premium.
  • Store: Buy Coins, Gems and Pixel Pass Tickets to spend on weapons.
  • Armory: Buy guns with the different currencies.

The result is a fast and frantic game that is constantly changing. It's a lot of fun, but there is a heavy emphasis on earning, buying or unlocking items. Young players will want the latest weapons and outfits, and those willing to spend more money will get them quicker. Still, there is considerable skill (and enjoyment) in the core game that you can access and progress without spending any real world money (just using your time and effort).

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Pixel Gun 3D 2 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 12 months ago.
Kids not old enough for this yet? There are lots of games similar to Pixel Gun 3D. Here are some similar younger-rated games:

Play StylePlay Style

This is an Action and Shooting game. This is a 10-player online game. Play in 5-vs-5 battles and other game modes. You can find a friend on the battlefield and add them after the match. Or you can add your real friends provided you know their ID or nickname, via the Find Friends option.

There is chat in the game that does monitor some words but as is the way with these games, caution is advised.

 
You can play this game in the following styles:

DurationDuration

Play Time: It takes between 3 minutes and 15 minutes to play a round of this game.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 12 for moderate violence.
 
Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.

Rated for younger players in Australia. Rated Parental Guidance (PG) for scary scenes.
Rated 12+ in Apple App store for Frequent/Intense Cartoon or Fantasy Violence, Infrequent/Mild Horror/Fear Themes and Realistic Violence.
This game includes adverts on some platforms that are watched to unlock additional content. Note that these adverts are not covered by the age rating and may include older-rated content.

Skill Level

12+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it’s important for parents and guardians to ensure they understand in-game purchases and have spending limits set-up.

Account Rating

Account required for online play that has 18 years old as minimum age. The Pixel Gun 3D Terms of Service state that you need to be of an age where "you are lawfully entitled to use the Services under any applicable laws in the country in which you are located or resident." In the UK, for example, a legal presumption exists that entitles anyone to enter into a contract unless an exception applies. Since 1969 the age of contractual capacity for individuals has been set at 18 and reaching the age of 18 is known as attaining 'majority'.
 
You don’t need a platform subscription to play this game online.

CostsCosts

Pixel Gun 3D

App Store iOS Free
Android Store Android Free
This game is free to play, but there are other costs associated with this game:
  • In-Game Loot Boxes: Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience. These include in-game purchases of random items (known as 'loot boxes') that offer a chance of getting rare/higher-value items although common/lower-value items are more frequent.
  • In-Game Pass: Purchase a season/battle pass to gain access to limited in-game purchases, reward items and other aspects of the game.
  • Advertising: Smartphone or Tablet version of this game includes adverts. This varies in form but watching ads is often incentivised by unlocking additional content and progress in the game. Note that these are not covered by the age rating and may include older-rated content.
 
Includes in-game adverts as well as the ability to purchase items that change how you look. This is via purchasing packs of gems for real money. You can buy the Pixel Pass battle pass that grant you in game rewards and currency. You can open chests in the game to win a random item.

The game repeatedly asks you to make purchases, turn on notifications and connect social accounts. It also invites you to watch adverts for currency, which are hard to avoid clicking to download other apps. 
 
It's important to set up your accounts and devices appropriately. More information is on our Financial Resources page.
 

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 14/09/2014, updated in 2022

Price: Free

Out Now: Android and iOS

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Players: 10 online

Genres: Action and Shooting

Accessibility: 0 features documented (Tweet Developer )

Components: 3D First-Person, Blocks and Pixels

Developer: Pixel Gun 3 D (@PixelGun3D)


Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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