Kiloblocks

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Christy Matte, Common Sense Media
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Creative sandbox blocks beg for more options.

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The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Educational Value

Kids can make their own creations, as well as work on their spatial reasoning skills.

Ease of Play

Lacking a tutorial, but simple enough for curious kids to figure out on their own.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Kiloblocks is a sandbox-style creative environment where kids are free to build and explore. There's no introduction or tutorial, and some kids might not be sure how to get started. A "lite" version (saving is disabled) is available for those who want to check it out before buying. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.

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What's it about?

KILOBLOCKS is an open sandbox creative environment where kids build with blocks of different patterns/shapes. It's similar to Minecraft, but there's no mining, fighting, coding, etc. It's all about the building. Kids can choose from three different environments: Shore, Flat, and Flying Blocks. They can adjust the size of the world and, in some cases, other terrain features. Then they build by choosing the type of block and adding blocks in that style. The blocks include patterns like bricks, flowers, and stone, as well as shapes like windows, fences, and trees. Some blocks have a "trigger" event, which changes them. A door or gate might open. The light might turn on in another block. There are more than 100 different blocks to choose from. As time passes, the world cycles through day and night, but it's just a cosmetic change. Players can save up to 100 worlds.

Is it any good?

Those who are seeking a relaxed building platform with no goals, timers, or challenges have certainly found it here, but more options would make it more fun. There's something nice about having the time and space to create what you want without pressures or prescribed outcomes. Kiloblocks has a peaceful vibe and relatively easy controls. But after building for awhile, it doesn't quite feel like enough. It would be nice to have more environment choices, for example, such as snow, or mountains, or desert. And you start to wish that you could choose your favorite materials rather than scrolling through all of the options to add just one more brick. Maybe users could have the option to save structures they make to use in other worlds, or even the ability to design their own blocks in-game, so they could follow their imagination. Simplicity is lovely, but Kiloblocks might be just a bit too simple for the price tag. Parents may want to try out the Lite version before plunking down the fee for this one. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about designing things offscreen and with apps like Kiloblocks. What are some good ways to start the design process? How can you take your design ideas and turn them into physical objects?

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  • How do you like this app in comparison with other apps you could play? As you balance your time on- and offscreen, would this be an app you'd choose to use? Why or why not?

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