App review by
Christopher Healy, Common Sense Media
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Ambitious app lets you run a virtual planet as its deity.

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 5 reviews

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Ease of Play

To truly keep up your planet, and maintain the well-being of your followers, you need to check in on your planet pretty frequently. The upkeep might be a bit much for some people.


As a god, you can opt to be mean to your people, zapping them with lightning, causing floods, or doing other wrathful things. Skeletons that rise up now and again can also kill your followers, so you need to make sure you zap those baddies with lightning before they hurt somebody.


You keep your planet evolving by buying new items for it with fake, in-game currency. Like Tap Birds and other games of this ilk, you can also spend real money from your iTunes account to purchase more in-game money and speed up your progress. Unlike Tap Birds, however, Godfinger has ways of allowing you to generate in-game gold more frequently, so spending real cash seems far less essential.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

You can create a tavern for your followers to visit. Stopping at the tavern for a while makes them happy.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Godfinger (or Godfinger HD for the iPad) is a very impressive and ambitious app that lets you be a deity, maintaining your planet's well-being and accumulating groups of followers who will worship you. You can put followers to work on farms in order to earn money, which you can then use to buy more buildings and accessories for your followers to use. It's important to not overwork your follower, though -- if you don't give them time off, they'll get exhausted and stop working. As a god, you need to do everything from making rain to zapping the occasional skeleton attack. Parents should know that to keep up with the game, which evolves even when you're not playing, you need to play pretty frequently. Also, you can spend real money to buy in-game cash as a way of speeding up your progress, but it's not necessary to do so. The iPhone and iPad versions of Godfinger are basically identical; however Godfinger HD for the iPad has better, high definition graphics.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byNanags October 31, 2020
Kid, 11 years old January 28, 2012


its a really fun game
Kid, 10 years old August 8, 2011

good, but not great

its really good, but not great. period.

Is it any good?

GODFINGER starts off slow, but once you've got a few followers and can start earning some money, it's so much fun to see what you can do with your virtual planet. Using rainclouds to customize the landscape (desert here, lush forest there) is a blast. Building little towns (once you earn enough dough to create buildings) is even more fun. And you even get to name every one of your followers. It's tempting to spend real money early on and start building up your planet right away, but a little patience will pay off (and keep your real wallet intact). The game's look is fun and colorful and there's a nice social aspect in being able to not only visit, but help build up another player's planet should you desire to. This is one of the better world sims you'll find on the iDevices.

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
  • Price: Free
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Release date: June 26, 2010
  • Category: Simulation Games
  • Size: 17.20 MB
  • Publisher: ngmoco, LLC
  • Version: 2.1
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 3.0 or later
  • Last updated: June 19, 2019

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