What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Band Together is a puzzle game that blends the "god game" genre with tricky puzzle elements. Players have to lead a group of animated cardboard figures to a safe exit, braving dangers such as a thumbtack death machine and baseballs. While it's not uncommon for the Bandies to perish, their deaths are not glorified and feature no gore.
What kids can learn
Thinking & Reasoning
- problem solving
- solving puzzles
Engagement, Approach, Support
Band Together presents a challenging yet thoroughly enjoyable, charming set of puzzles for players to solve. Borrows equally from Lemmings and LittleBigPlanet, with plenty of fresh twists.
Players discover the importance of sacrifice, as some levels require one Bandie to stay behind so that others may survive. Strategy is critical to escape with as many 'alive' as possible per level.
The tutorials require quite a bit of reading, but are excellent.
What's it about?
Kids guide the Bandies around the screen with finger swipes, moving them through levels as individuals or groups. The Bandies only move when they're near candlelight, so one wears a candle as a hat and must remain in proximity to the others for them to complete any actions. Players attempt to guide the Bandies to a safe exit, avoiding various hazards placed on each level.
Is it any good?
Only a select few puzzle games manage to be charming. Band Together hits that mark while still presenting a challenging and thoroughly enjoyable set of puzzles for players to solve. The game borrows equally from Lemmings and LittleBigPlanet, with plenty of fresh twists -- including a few puzzles where you'll need to sacrifice one Bandie so the others might survive.
The game's controls aren't perfect, which could lead to unnecessary Bandie deaths, but it's easy to restart them and there are no penalties for trying multiple times. The game is full of style and put together wonderfully. The biggest complaint puzzle fans will have is it ends too quickly.
Families can talk about...
If you have younger kids, play the app yourself before letting them play. Gauge whether the content (mean experiments on Bandies that can cause death) may be too much for them.
Midge elaborately records his story in his journal. Encourage kids to keep a journal, either on paper or in a journal app.