Parents' Guide to

Backyard Engineers

By Jenny Bristol, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Catapult-based physics with repetitive play, comic violence.

Game Linux , Mac , Windows 2013
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A Lot or a Little?

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

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Is It Any Good?

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This game does a good job of introducing kids to the ideas of design and iteration, the repeated testing of a design. It's fun to try out different catapult designs and to find ones that work with decent range and accuracy. But as the game goes on, it's too easy to rely on the same design over and over. It's possible to finish the game with top marks on all levels without changing designs more than once or twice. There's also no narrative progression; each level just presents a new puzzle to solve using the proper catapult combinations and the right moves. Bullies keep showing up to get soaked. Since building an effective and relatively efficient catapult can be done fairly easily, the lack of progression either through story resolution or increased stakes makes gameplay feel a bit stale. Backyard Engineers could've taken great steps in highlighting the challenges of engineering and construction, but its lack of depth makes the gameplay all wet.

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