Has some positive and some questionable aspects
My boys love playing this game on the iPad. They're 7.5 years old and I wish I wouldn't have introduced until they were a bit older. We've had the game for about 6 months. I only let them play in creative mode because survival mode can connect online and can interact with others. It seems safer to just let them create their own world rather than enter other people's worlds. However, even in creative mode, I found at first they were walking around and killing animals and creating gollums (not sure how to spell that), and interacting with zombies and other creatures. Did you know you can create a pig bomb? These are all things they are learning from kids at school. They come one with little "recipes" on how to make different things or what you can do with something...like throwing a sheep in lava. Making and creating is great. Making pig bombs or killing animals makes me a little uncomfortable. This is a "first-person" game where you are doing the action...you aren't controlling a figure (like a bird in angry birds...this game you can choose to kill things and if you eat it can get more health, but you don't have to, you can just go around killing things, trapping things, throwing creatures in lava just for fun, without a consequence). No, I'm not anti hunting or anti gun and I know it's just a game. I just think, they are 7 years old and kids at that age still learning right from wrong, compassion, and empathy. It's not real, but killing for no reason with no ramification or result just feels a little icky to me. It's creates a good discussion opportunity with kids - talking about why you would kill something, We've had conversations about the good and bad and what neat things you can do with the game. Over the past 6 months they've started building things and have become more creative with it, so it's much better. They enjoy it, but it is very limited at our house and always played under a watchful eye. If you haven't downloaded this game, just be prepared. I would suggest waiting until kids are 8 or 9 when they have a better understanding on how to create and build their world. It may also depend on how their friends play with it or your kid's interests. Of course all kids are different, I just wanted to share my experience, some things to be aware of and my perspective on it.