Playworld Superheroes

App review by
Chris Morris, Common Sense Media
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An ode to creativity, wrapped in a colorful costume.

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

Ease of Play

The game is largely about imagination, meaning it's hard to do anything wrong. Decorating items is easy and fun, and the battles with enemies require a fairly low level of dexterity. 

Violence & Scariness

Violence is low-key compared to that in many other games. You'll fight a stream of alien monsters with a ray gun and fists. 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Playworld Superheroes is an action game that emphasizes creativity over fighting and shooting. While players do engage in ray-gun battles and fistfights, the violence is relatively mild. The real fun of the game is less in battling the bad guys and more in designing your costume and weapons with the real-world items you find on the lawn beneath a tree house. There's also a reward system based on recycling: Kids earn crystals toward more equipment by throwing items into the correct recycling bins.

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What's it about?

In PLAYWORLD SUPERHEROES, players step into the shoes of an imaginative child -- they can choose from a diverse case of characters -- whose tree house doubles as a creativity lab. After scouting for pieces of cardboard and other things that many people might think of as garbage, you decorate the found items to create tools such as space helmets and laser guns. Once equipped with those, you fight to save Earth from space aliens, tapping the screen to shoot or swiping it to throw punches in close-up battles. Collecting crystals dropped by vanquished foes lets you create more costume items, as does recycling items that appear in the yard.

Is it any good?

Playworld Superheroes isn't a game to buy if you're looking for a good shooter or action game: The pace is slow, repetitive, and easy. This app is more about imagination than battle. Kids will have fun creating their costume and weapons out of cardboard, markers, scissors, and other readily available tools. The battles they fight are more tailored to young players, letting them collect crystals to return to the creation part of the game. The impressive graphics transform a kid's creations into cool costume items, such as a helmet, belt, and ray gun. Kids will love seeing their handiwork come to life during the battle segments.

Will older kids like it? Maybe, but not nearly as much as younger players, whom it could inspire to put down the electronic gadgets and return to running around in the backyard, with their imaginations fueling the story.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the wonderful things an imagination can create -- and how homemade items can be more fun than store-bought ones. Kids: How do you use your imagination?

  • Talk about how you can recycle ("upcycle") materials to make new and interesting things.

  • Discuss with your kids the types of violence they see in media: What factors change the impact? The context? How graphic it is?

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