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The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Genshin Impact is an action role-playing game for iOS and Android devices. Players will have to enter an email address and password to register before they can access the game, and the full version is several gigabytes and can take a bit of time to download. Fortunately, the app's free to use. Players use virtual currency and can also spend real money on characters and other items to speed up the experience, but they don't have to because they can also earn things to help them advance as they go. Some activities within the game involve violence -- players spar against a variety of characters they encounter -- but the fights aren't particularly gory and often involve mythical creatures. Some activities involve drinking, and a city in the game includes a winery. There's also some outfits that reveal cleavage, but sexuality isn't focused on in gameplay.
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This game follows the story of a boy/girl (you choose the character at the start of the game) with magical powers, trav... Continue reading
What's it about?
Kids journey through an unknown world and complete quests to work toward rescuing their imprisoned twin in GENSHIN IMPACT. Accompanied by Paimon, a fairy sidekick, players explore and collect food items, materials that help characters level up, and other resources for later use. They can also gather characters with special abilities they can use in battles against creatures they meet. Locals often offer gameplay guidance in conversations. Engaging with characters and experiences they come across can help players access more areas and adventures.
Is it any good?
This detailed, numerous excursions in this app's virtual world make for a varied, in-depth playing experience. Players can invest a considerable amount of time just exploring different areas in Genshin Impact, such as Mondstadt, a bustling island city surrounded by water, picking up inventory such as food ingredients or items that will increase your character's experience rating, and engaging in quests that relate to the main missing sibling-themed story or shorter-term quests. The game controls are also impressive. By circling their finger around a joystick portion of the screen or tapping buttons, players can climb rocks, jump, run, and otherwise amble around all sorts of terrain. They can also zoom the perspective in and out and essentially get a three-dimensional view of whatever area they're in.
The lush graphics and visuals make Genshin Impact stand out -- grass sways as you walk through it, candles flicker, and characters' voice and movements resemble anime more than an app. Conversations with Paimon, who accompanies you during you journey, can be a bit boring -- her habit of referring to herself in the third person can get annoying, and she's not always very helpful or warm to new people. But many interactions provide useful information, and gamers can obtain playable characters along the way that possess unique abilities, who they can later utilize when helpful in situations like battles. The app offers some guidance, and players often come across something or someone to help, but they may still feel unsure about what to do at times. With so many detailed settings to investigate and an impressive amount of activities to complete, they could easily spend hours wandering the fantasy world -- which may be Genshin Impact's biggest drawback. To help keep their child's screen time in check, parents might want to set limits for how long Teyvat's lands can be explored in one sitting to keep them from being fully absorbed in the adventure.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about violence in video games. Is the impact of the violence in Genshin Impact affected by the lack of realism in the game? Does the animated combat make the violence seem more acceptable?
What steps can you take when you're not sure how to start or continue something? Why do you think the developers chose to not include significant instructions on how to play the game?
How can you prepare to meet short-term and long-term goals in the game -- and real life? What planning and time management can you use from the game to apply to real life situations?
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Windows app
- Subjects: Language & Reading: following directions, reading
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: investigation, logic, strategy
- Pricing structure: Free
- Release date: November 18, 2020
- Category: Role-Playing Games
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Brothers and Sisters
- Size: 2600.00 MB
- Publisher: miHoYo Limited
- Version: 1.1.1
- Minimum software requirements: Requires iOS 9.0 or later or Android 5.0 and up.
- Last updated: November 23, 2021
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