Parents' Guide to

Builder Buddies Online VR RPG

By Christy Matte, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Open-ended creation boosts chat over building.

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Kids who are looking for a Minecraft alternative will want to look elsewhere, as this is really best for chatting with friends. The role-playing game label in Builder Buddies Online VR RPG is a stretch. While you can customize your avatar and can certainly act out scenarios, there's no fighting, no leveling up, no skills, and no items to create. In fact, there's just not a lot to do. Each world that you visit seems largely inhabited by people hopping up stacks of blocks. Collecting blocks one by one is tedious -- seriously, 20 seconds for one piece of gold? -- but saving gold to buy them isn't much better. If you're already hanging out with friends, this may not matter, and kids with the patience (or cash) to gather lots of blocks can have fun building without worrying about destruction. The moderation is also questionable. There are supposedly global moderators, but they didn't make much of an appearance during our review. And local moderators seemed more intent on wielding their power -- and excluding others -- than on creating a more positive atmosphere. With no way to report other players, you're at the mercy of moderation. The game is free, so curious families can easily check it out for themselves, but there are likely more engaging options out there.

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