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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.
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Mac, Android, Windows app
- Price: $4.99
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Release date: February 8, 2016
- Category: Role-Playing Games
- Topics: Adventures, Robots, Space and Aliens
- Size: 84.40 MB
- Publisher: Butterscotch Shenanigans, LLC
- Version: 1.0.10
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 5.1.1 or later, Android 2.3 and up
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