Parents' Guide to

Adventure Bay

By Christopher Healy, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

"Velvet rope" sim is imaginative, but it eats up time.

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In terms of content, ADVENTURE BAY is a step above and beyond most city-building sim apps. It's got all the requisite elements, like buildings to purchase, crops to grow, etc. But it also allows you to amass a whole crew of different characters, each of whom can go on individual quests, which are played out in  board-game-like mini-games. And Adventure Bay lets you collect different sets of treasures and trade them with friends; connecting with a lot of friends will help you move forward faster. It is a "velvet rope" app, though, and you'll be forced to wait hours for things to happen unless you use your time-speeding "spice." Adventure Bay can also eat up a lot of time, because you need to check in on the game frequently. If you plant some crops and set a ship off on a quest, and then don't play again until the next day, you can find those crops wilted and your ship returned empty-handed. So, ask yourself if you want a game that you are required to play every few hours.

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