Fortnite: Battle Royale

LQ: 9


Brain grade: 8
Fun score: 10

ESRB Rating: Teen Platform/Console: , , , , , LWK Recommended Age: 12+ Thinking Skills Used: , ,

PC/Mac | PlayStation 4 | Xbox One | iOS

Fortnite: Battle Royale is the massively popular free-to-play version of the co-op sandbox survival game Fortnite (now known as Fortnite: Save the World). Fortnite: Battle Royale pits players against each other in a giant world in which they can also explore, loot, and create. Players can choose to play against others solo or in duos or squads. The game features a variety of characters, costumes, items, and possibilities, allowing players to gather building materials and build a variety of structures to use in battle on an ever-constricting playing field. Bright and cartoonish, the game is extremely popular amongst kids of varying ages, though its player-versus-player nature and cartoon violence earned it a Teen rating from the ESRB. This content, combined with the social element of playing online with others, is why LW4K recommends the game for children 12 and older. As always, parental guidance and involvement is recommended.



Flexibility is the thinking skill that helps us adapt to new situations, learn from mistakes and change what we are doing in order to deal with different challenges. Learn more about flexibility.

Any sandbox survival game offers intense flexibility practice and Fortnite: Battle Royale is no exception. Outwitting 99 others requires that a player not be stuck in their ways and plow full-speed ahead with no regard to the game happening around them. The battle may play out on a single map, but spawn points, player styles, loot, structures other players build, and the area included in the play circle are constantly changing. There's no memorizing combinations or patterns, just keeping eyes and ears open and adapting accordingly. Sometimes it's wise to camp, sometimes it's wise to move.


Planning is the thinking skill that helps us to develop a systematic approach for setting and achieving goals, and complete tasks by doing things step-by-step. Learn more about planning.

Though players must be flexible in a game that is constantly changing, there are certain rules that apply to every round. When a round begins, it's a race to parachute in to the spot of your choice, get to cover, and find a weapon as soon as possible. Getting the right items will help a player create a useful structure in the future, but sometimes opponents are staking out the good stuff. A player who is thinking of the future will close the door behind them after entering a building, even if they don't sense anyone else in the immediate vicinity. Survival depends on always thinking about where another player, their cover, and their traps may be at any given time.

Time Management

Time management is the thinking skill that helps us complete tasks on time, finish things more quickly and be efficient and aware of our use of time and effort. Learn more about time management.

The ever-constricting play circle means players must watch the clock, which ticks down throughout the match. Getting to a good spot on the map, finding a weapon, and looting crafting materials while still paying attention to the play circle gives kids good time management practice.

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