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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.
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.