Giblins: Fantasy Builder
By Erin Brereton,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Multitasking strategy held back by slow, repetitive play.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Kids can learn about time management and balancing multiple tasks. Mining and selling items requires basic counting abilities. Kids will also follow directions and get some reading practice. Primarily, though, they'll need to use logic and other critical thinking skills to determine which Giblin to pair with various tasks, which elements to mine, and other decisions that will allow them to be able to steadily build and sell things.
Ease of Play
The app walks players through each new step, so they never feel lost about what to do next.
Products & Purchases
Kids can buy packages of gems that range from $1.99 to $99.99.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
One of the activities involves a brewery.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Giblins: Fantasy Builder is a simulation strategy game for iOS and Android devices. While some elements of the playing experience involves building weapons, players won't be exposed to significant violence or other adult-oriented elements. Younger kids may find some of the multitasking challenging, but generally, the pace isn't overwhelming, and the developers have made an effort to carefully explain how the game works through a lengthy tutorial. There's an emphasis on buying extra items to facilitate gameplay -- players will get the sense early on that could help speed things up, and ads are occasionally shown for the various packages they can buy, although they don't necessarily have to purchase anything if they're willing to wait for mining and other timed activities to wrap up. One of the activities also involves a brewery as well, though no beverages are shown.
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What’s It About?
Players direct goblin-like creatures to mine and build things in GIBLINS: FANTASY BUILDER. The Giblins will mine resources underground, and will either selling the raw materials above ground, or use them to make weapons and other gear for traders. All of these actions will earn coins, which are then used to build and upgrade facilities, or gems, which can be used to speed up the time it takes to do things in your buildings. New Giblins with different ability levels also periodically hatch from an egg and help increase your crew size, allowing you to do even more tasks.
Is It Any Good?
Players get a chance to hone their time management skills, but gameplay can get slow and repetitive after a while. Giblins: Fantasy Builder features a group of mythical creatures that perform various tasks. They might mine coal, for example, or dig to clear room underground for mining operations. To ensure everyone's producing enough items to sell above ground in a shop to customers or use to create things like swords, players need to pay attention to how close each Giblin is to finishing its task. They also need to know what customers are requesting, so they can keep them working steadily. Although that may sound stressful, you're not really under tremendous pressure to produce things at lightning speed -- the customers don't seem to mind waiting. Most mining tasks require a wait though, unless you spend gems to speed them up -- which you can only do for so long before running out of funds. You'll find additional delays as well, and while you can typically wait until the time counts down, you might be tempted to buy gem packages to avoid this frustration.
Occasional screens will also pop up advertising items that are available for purchase. Aside from the plugs to buy things, the app has some positive elements -- the graphics are definitely above-average, the Giblins grunt and squeak, and they also offer periodic comic relief, such as snoozing in between jobs. Yet even though there's a lot to do consistently, since you're generally just volleying between production and selling goods, the gameplay can feel a bit repetitive -- older kids may start looking for a little more action as they wait for items to be produced. But if they're able to get over that aspect, and they can tune out the suggestions to spend real-world cash, Giblins: Fantasy Builder can potentially serve as an enjoyable way to strengthen young kids' strategy skills.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about how to handle responsibilities and manage your time in Giblins: Fantasy Builder. Do you feel the amount of tasks in the game are stressful? Are there ways you can ease the stress of each activity in the game?
How can you break a larger task down into smaller ones? Can you use this strategy from Giblins in other tasks in real life?
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
- Subjects: Language & Reading: following directions, reading
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: strategy, thinking critically, Self-Direction: time management, work to achieve goals
- Pricing structure: Free
- Release date: March 3, 2021
- Category: Role-Playing Games
- Publisher: Behaviour Interactive
- Version: 0.12.0
- Minimum software requirements: Requires iOS 13.0 or later or Android 4.4 and up.
- Last updated: March 15, 2021
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