Godfinger

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Ambitious app lets you run a virtual planet as its deity.

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What parents need to know

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.

Violence

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.

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Consumerism

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.

Privacy & safety

Godfinger connects to the Plus+ online gaming community, through which you can visit other players' planets, and be visited (see above).

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.

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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

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Kid, 10 years old August 8, 2011
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good, but not great

its really good, but not great. period.
Kid, 9 years old January 27, 2011
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I LOVE THIS APP!!!!!

great!!!! I love this app!!!!!!!! werule is great too!!!!!!
Teen, 13 years old Written bydr duck July 25, 2010
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Better than Poket God, but not great.

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