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Deep Town

App review by
Erin Brereton, Common Sense Media
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Mining focused app digs into shallow gameplay.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn about money management by selling items they mine, using profits to move levels; they'll also get math practice as they determine which item combinations equal the total necessary for a stage. Occasional prompts lead to informative videos on topics like intergalactic life; activities provide a look at mining processes like smelting, but additional research is needed to truly understand them. The app attempts to work educational info into experience, which is great. Kids will get reading practice, too, from prompts -- unfortunately, though, some contain mistakes that could reinforce bad grammar.

Ease of Play

A guide walks you through most steps, but there's no easily accessible set of instructions or FAQ.

Violence
Sex
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Consumerism

Users can (but don't have to) buy in-app currency for $1.99 to $9.99; kids are sometimes prompted through messages to view YouTube videos, which are preceded by commercials.

 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Deep Town is a mining adventure game. Players won't be exposed to questionable content within the app, but since it sometimes directs them to YouTube to watch videos, there's a chance they could see something there. They're also directed to Reddit, another unfiltered content site, if they have a support question. They can't meet strangers through the app, though. Users can purchase currency to help them move through the app's levels faster. But they can also earn enough credit by just playing.

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What's it about?

In Deep Town, players dig into rock using various drilling methods to uncover metals, gems, and other items. They also smelt, sell, and otherwise use the items they mine by making decisions about how to best utilize the resources, complete quests for additional earnings, and set up structures like an expedition camp. As they rise to new levels, additional drilling tools become available. Caves, in-app messages, and other items provide additional information about the earth and other concepts.

Is it any good?

This game is all about drilling for minerals, but after a while, the repetition and waiting for access to new areas becomes somewhat tedious. Drilling is the main activity of the game -- that's how you uncover coal, copper, iron, and other substances, which you can sell for in-app currency to buy your way to higher levels or speed up mining processes. This is fun at first, and when you unlock new, cool techniques to help you do it. The more you play, the more you find and can sell to earn enough to move through the game's levels more quickly. Unfortunately, all that drilling can start to feel a little tedious after a while. In addition, some activities, such as archeological expeditions, involve waiting for the clock to run out before you can proceed. Gamers may find they're fatigued or just not all that interested in playing a ton of times.

That said, there are some interesting aspects to the app. It offers links to a few informative videos, which are a nice learning bonus. Players will also be exposed to, although not fully educated about, some mining processes and archeology, which could spark an interest in finding out more about the topics. The app needs a few tweaks -- there are typos in a number of guidance prompts, and its support section is just a Reddit page of uncategorized posts -- so proofreading all app content and adding a detailed guide and/or FAQ to prevent users from becoming confused would really help make Deep Town a more accessible place to visit and drill into.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about setting and finishing goals, based on the examples the app provides. When was the last time you achieved a goal? How did that feel?

  • Users can purchase additional items within the app. Do websites and apps that emphasize buying things make you feel like that's a necessary part of any entertainment experience? What are a few examples of things you can do for fun that are free?

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Release date: April 13, 2017
  • Category: Strategy Games
  • Topics: Adventures
  • Size: 129.00 MB
  • Publisher: Rockbite Games
  • Version: Android 2.4.4, iOs Version 2.0
  • Minimum software requirements: Requires iOS 8.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch; requires Android 4.0.3 and up.

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