A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Eden - World Builder is an open-ended simulation game in which players can create their own world from the ground up. Players build structures from the app's large variety of blocks and objects, and can alter the landscape with all sorts of construction tools. Players can then roam around their created worlds and make adjustments as necessary. They also have the ability to blow up objects and buildings, but this is more akin to taking an eraser to a design on a piece of paper than it is to anything violent. It is possible for players to connect online to upload and download user-created worlds, but there's no real-time interaction with other users.
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Is it any good?
EDEN - WORLD BUILDER is a good, solid app for budding architects, artists, engineers, or anyone with a healthy dose of creativity. It offers an experience similar to buying a bucket of LEGO pieces, but with more functionality and less cleanup. In addition to stacking blocks and objects to create buildings, vehicles, forests, or anything else players can think of, there are a variety of landscaping tools to shape the entire environment. This is the kind of app that players can interact with for hours at a time and not even realize how long it has been because they become so engrossed in its creative aspect. The lack of a strong goal-based system may deter some players from pouring a lot of time into this app, but those who take it for what it's worth -- a 21st century sketch pad that lets players bring their thoughts to life -- will no doubt enjoy all that it has to offer.
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