Eden - World Builder

 
No limit to creativity with LEGO-like construction sim.

What parents need to know

Ease of play

This app is entirely open-ended; it's up to the players to figure out what kind of experience they want to have. Because it is a somewhat sophisticated construction-based game, younger players may have difficulty understanding the point of the game or figuring out how to sort through all the building tools. On the flip side, because there is no structured goal system in place, it provides a very accessible experience.

Violence & scariness

Players can build all sorts of objects and buildings, but can also destroy them using fire and explosions.

Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language
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Consumerism
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Privacy & safety

It is possible for players to upload their creations online for other players to see. However, the online interaction is minimal.

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.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

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.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Price:$.99
Release date:March 14, 2011
Category:Family Games
Size:7.40 MB
Publisher:Kingly Software
Version:1.1.1
Minimum software requirements:iOS 3.2 or later

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Kid, 11 years old December 13, 2011
age 6+
 

Grrrrrreat!!!

Absolutely nothing bad, great "block building game" for iPod touch! I love it!!!!
Parent of a 9 year old Written byDad-of-4th-grader December 13, 2013
age 10+
 

Do not use with WiFi or cell enabled.

In "local" mode, game is really cool, with ability to build a variety of worlds. When connected with shared worlds, is rife with worlds in which blocks spell out obscenities and inappropriate phrases. Caught us by surprise, given reviews.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Parent Written bysuthrncrna December 30, 2012
age 7+
 
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Parents Please Be Aware!

Just to let other parents know...my 7 year old girl was playing Eden next to me at a restaurant. I looked over and in huge letters across her screen was F--- ME. I immediately grabbed it from her and she had innocently downloaded another "users world" that sounded cute. We have turned off her and her brothers internet access on their ipads which does not allow them access to these other peoples worlds and be exposed to vulgar and innappropriate words and/or graphics.
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