Brew Town

App review by
Chris Morris, Common Sense Media
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Sim brings craft beer making, management to older gamers.

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Ease of Play

As with any simulation game, there are a lot of moving parts to pay attention to, but the control layout is well done.

Violence
Sex
Language
Consumerism

Pushes in-game purchases on a regular basis, which maxes out at $50 for bundled items.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Entire game focuses on making and selling different types of beer. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Brew Town is a simulation app that's entirely focused on beer. Players create, manufacture, and sell their own virtual beer, trying to meet the demands of the market and drinkers' changing tastes. There's no violence or sexual content, but given the game's laser focus on alcohol, it's not appropriate for younger players. It also promotes in-game purchases on a regular basis, with the highest bundle for in-game items selling for $50. If you do play, be warned that the developer has no posted privacy policy, so it's unclear what user data is being collected and what's being done with it. 

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What's it about?

In BREW TOWN, players will build a beer empire, create new styles of beer, serve beer to customers, distribute beer to retailers, and expand their frothy empire. The dynamics are pretty standard for a simulation game, with different buildings responsible for each task. Players are required to keep track of all of these businesses, which can give you an increased sense of pressure when everyone's looking for the next best thing from your company. The game's unique element comes in the bottle-label design portion. Players can create their own designs, which are then judged by other players. The most popular design winners receive in-game rewards on a regular basis.

Is it any good?

It's amazing that simulation games haven't focused on the craft beer industry before; if lots of micromanagement for your virtual business appeals, you may enjoy this foamy app. To Brew Town's credit, it gets a lot of the nuance in the brew space correct. That covers everything from adding flavors to traditional beer styles to balancing in-house supply with what you distribute. The app even tries to address the frustration of hand bottling -- in this case, tapping the screen to bottle each beer until you purchase an automated system. Some parts are simplified (you won't need to create recipes, just gather hops), but it's intricate enough to keep beer lovers happy with its authenticity.

That said, the layout of the operations is a little too spread out across your digital town, which can make it hard to keep up with the moving parts. If you're not constantly checking on every operation, it's easy to forget that there are breweries that aren't doing anything or orders that need to be filled. And, of course, with its focus on alcohol, Brew Town isn't a game that's suitable for younger players. The lack of a posted privacy policy is also worrisome. But if you're an older gamer who can simulate games responsibly and you like games that make you juggle responsibilities at an increasing pace, it's a pretty good choice. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about drinking and the pressures kids will face surrounding it. Do you think that games like Brew Town promote drinking? Do games like this increase the pressure on kids to drink?

  • Discuss business management. Does Brew Town give you a good sense of the needs of supply and demand that businesses have to handle on a regular basis?

  • Talk about creativity. Brew Town focuses on awarding in-game currency to players with creative designs, but does this give users that are more clever with their designs a better chance to succeed?

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
  • Price: Free
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Release date: April 25, 2018
  • Category: Simulation Games
  • Size: 186.40 MB
  • Publisher: AppBox Media
  • Version: 1.0.5
  • Minimum software requirements: Requires iOS 8.0 or later; Requires Android 4.0.3 and up

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