Creatures of Aether

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Erin Brereton, Common Sense Media
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Clever, deep card game with slightly confusing game intro.

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

Educational Value

Kids can learn about analyzing situations and deciding the best course of action. The instructions offer reading practice, and earning points provides some basic math experience. Kids will use logic and strategy, as well as deduction, and will work toward goals if they participate in the app's dungeon-based challenges, where kids advance through a maze-like structure by playing successfully. They may also need to adapt their thinking as the game advances, depending on moves their opponent makes -- which offers additional opportunities to build and flex key critical thinking skills.

Ease of Play

Players learn the basic rules and can test out using cards before they play a game, but will likely come across unfamiliar aspects during matches, which can cause confusion.


Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff

Players can buy Rival card packs, coin bundles, and other items that range from $0.99 to $29.99. Based on the game Rivals of Aether.


Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Creatures of Aether is a card game for IOS and Android decices. Players have to create an account after watching the tutorial before they begin a game, which is free to sign up for, but requires entering an email address. The tutorial is somewhat helpful, but may leave some questions about playing. Occasional mentions of a Rival card pass and options to buy a variety of other items to enhance their playing experience are offered, but it's not required to purchase anything to participate in games. Otherwise, there's no inappropriate content to be found.

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What's it about?

CREATURES OF AETHER is a mobile card game from the platform-based Rivals of Aether franchise. Its cards feature characters and four numbers. Players try to flip an opponent's card by placing a higher number card next to it -- a card with a three on its left edge, for example, beside a card with a two on its right. Putting cards that feature elements, such as air, on a designated spot on the board also increases the points earned. One card a round offers special powers, such as scorching all element-related board tiles for more placement options.

Is it any good?

This beast-themed card game offers more extensive initial instruction than many apps, but it's so detailed that some players may still be confused about how to start playing the game. The additional advantages some cards offer in Creatures of Aether, for instance, can be challenging to figure out. Recognizing the different creatures can take time, and on a small screen, it can be hard to distinguish and quickly identify them. The game also has some bugs -- card placements that should allow players to flip two opponent cards sometimes only work for one, for instance, and freezes can occur.

There's no FAQ or other resource to help you brush up on the rules, so you could potentially get stuck and quit out of frustration. The app's general layout can add to that confusion -- a practice mode that can be accessed from the section with Battle Deck options, for instance, offers settings that don't seem to be available in regular, real-time games, such as board sizes and game modes. Aside from those issues, the app has a stylish old-school pixel look, which includes some more dynamic elements, such as roots twisting around multiple cards. Players may also enjoy gathering the various character-based cards to use in matches. If they can make it past Creatures of Aether's learning curve to a point where they feel confident about what cards they're choosing in games, strategizing about card placement could potentially be fun -- particularly since elements like an opponent using a Rival card can mean you need to reformulate your plan on the fly, which helps keep things interesting.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how strategy is used in Creatures of Aether. What questions should players ask to determine which card would be best to use?

  • What other tasks could that type of approach work for? How can you apply this game's strategy in real life?

  • How should you handle having no idea how to complete something? What can you do to determine the most logical next step?

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
  • Subjects: Language & Reading: following directions, reading
    Math: addition, money, subtraction
  • Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: decision-making, deduction, logic, problem solving, strategy, thinking critically
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Release date: January 20, 2021
  • Category: Card Games
  • Size: 154.00 MB
  • Publisher: Dan Fornace LLC
  • Version: 1.3.6
  • Minimum software requirements: Requires iOS 10.0 or later and Android 4.4 and up.
  • Last updated: January 25, 2021

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