Parents' Guide to

Brew Town

By Chris Morris, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Sim brings craft beer making, management to older gamers.

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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.

App Details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Release date: April 25, 2018
  • Category: Simulation Games
  • Publisher: AppBox Media
  • Version: 1.0.5
  • Minimum software requirements: Requires iOS 8.0 or later; Requires Android 4.0.3 and up
  • Last updated: May 8, 2018

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