Crashlands

App review by
Galen McQuillen, Common Sense Media
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Enormous crafting RPG with goofy humor and cartoon violence.

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A lot or a little?

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

Ease of Play

Basic movement and controls are extremely simple, but interface is complicated. There are lots of menus and submenus and icons that look like buttons but aren't buttons. Once you put in a few hours, these all become more intuitive, but for beginning players it's all a bit overwhelming. 

Violence

Plenty of cartoon violence against monster aliens; cartoonish death animations when the main character dies, but the bulk of the violence involves flailing fantasy weapons about and dodging stomps and lasers. 

Sex

Very occasional bawdy references in the dialogue, but they're extremely mild.

Language

The game's dialogue features a healthy dose of goofy crude humor and some bathroom talk and name-calling ("dang," "poop," "heck," "jerk," "idiot," "weirdo"), but it's always playful and never mean-spirited.

Consumerism

Lots of links to the developer's site, including the option to create an account specifically for use with Butterscotch Shenanigans games, but not mandatory to enjoy the game.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Crashlands is a sci-fi survival role-playing game that takes place on an alien world and features cartoonish violence, occasional mild crude humor, and some potentially scary-looking monsters. Gameplay is a bit addictive, and collecting items can take up a lot of time, so conversations about limits are probably a good idea. There are direct links to social media, including Reddit, which can't be locked down from within the app, so parents will have to manage those from within the device's settings. Also, kids are invited to sign up for an account so they can save the game to cloud servers, but read the app's privacy policy and terms first to get information about what's collected and shared.

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Teen, 15 years old Written byresqcreeper2 June 28, 2016

best phone game

this is the best game for the phone (though you can also get it on the computer) it has a strong female character and is fairly appropriate but has a lot of swe... Continue reading

What's it about?

CRASHLANDS is a game where players control Flux, an alien deliveryman who's been marooned on a distant planet. By exploring the world and collecting resources, players construct a dwelling, build armor and weapons, and cultivate resources and companions, all driven by hundreds of quests and objectives. Often, those resources come from defeating the many alien enemies across the map with simple touch-to-attack combat and goofy, cartoonish violence.

Is it any good?

As far as role-playing games go, it's lots of fun with cute animations and lovely music but may turn into a bit of a grind for those who don't already love this type of game. It can easily take hours of exploring, chopping and sawing, and attacking the same enemies over and over to earn enough materials to draft that coveted weapon or beanbag chair for your home base. For kids who already love this type of game, this will be another favorite title; for others, that time requirement can be a turnoff. Otherwise, the pervasive humor is delightful, and the combat is tons of fun and never gory. In fact, it's far less violent than many other similar games out there, and with a focus on crafting and resource management, it may even promote productive habits and good decision-making (with parental guidance). Kids who like crafting games and RPGs will get into this right away and have plenty of laughs throughout the many, many hours they'll devote to it.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about decision-making and the balance between immediate and long-term needs. How do you plan ahead? When do you have to make sacrifices?

  • Also discuss the appropriate place and time for goofy, irreverent, crude, or bawdy humor. When might it be OK to use potty humor and silly name-calling?

  • It might also be worth talking a bit about cultural stereotypes. Some of the characters in the game are based on common stereotypes (bumbling, poorly educated rural folks; uppity, elitist socialites), which may be offensive to some groups. 

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