What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Fantasy Garden is a simulation game played on Facebook. It's free to play, but players won't get far unless they have a lot of Facebook friends who are also playing (which might encourage kids to add strangers to their social networks) or are willing to spend real money. Players are constantly tempted to spend money on in-game special offers and exclusive items and prompted to share status updates on their newsfeeds.
What kids can learn
Language & Reading
- following directions
- work to achieve goals
- meeting challenges together
What Kids Can Learn
Fantasy Garden wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.
What's it about?
In FANTASY GARDEN players take care of an ever-expanding village by collecting raw materials (like wood and rocks), constructing buildings that produce coins and goods, harvesting crops, and so on. Players can recruit animal helpers -- including bears, ponies, dragons, and hamsters -- to help with tasks. Help from other Facebook friends is essential for staffing buildings, unlocking new areas, and sending free gifts of important items. Friends also can visit each other's gardens to collect bonuses.
Is it any good?
Fantasy Garden is a by-the-numbers building sim that, unfortunately, does nothing to set itself apart from dozens of other look-a-like games on Facebook. The cute theme will appeal to some, but there's a distinct lack of interesting characters, scenarios, or rewards to keep players engaged over the long term. It's spammy, too, constantly prompting players to invite friends, post Facebook updates, and spend money on exclusive "limited time" items. The temptation to "friend" strangers is another big issue. Fantasy Garden seems designed to separate players from their money without offering very much in return.
Explore, discuss, enjoy
Families can talk about Internet safety tips and staying safe online.
Discuss Facebook privacy settings and why you should prevent strangers from seeing personal information.
Enjoy brainstorming what your real-life "dream garden" would look like. What kinds of buildings, plants, and animals would you include?