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Shop Titans: Craft & Build

App review by
Erin Brereton, Common Sense Media
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Educational Value

Kids can learn about entrepreneurship, sales, maintaining inventory, and other aspects of running a business. In addition to experience selling and trading goods, kids will get a sense of how a supply chain works and will be exposed to various trades, such as blacksmithing, and investing. The ability to multitask and manage your time are key to ensuring you have things on hand to sell. kids will also practice basic addition and subtraction when doing business. Overall, the app offers a number of helpful lessons, ranging from hard skills like money management to positive principles such as working with other people to achieve goals.

Ease of Play

Players are placed right into the action at the start but see detailed tutorials as they play--and can access an FAQ if they're confused.

Violence & Scariness

Characters can be sent to battle various entities using weapons like swords, but no blood's shown; when a defeated character falls to the ground, a treasure chest appears in its place.

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Language
Consumerism

Packages of coins, diamonds, and other items that can help speed up gameplay range from $2.99 to $99.99; a character also stops by in the game to offer a special package deal to players.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Shop Titans: Craft & Build is a role-playing game for iOS and Android devices. The game features some mild violence, since battles involve weapons, but no blood, but it also encourages some positive behavior. Players have to be responsible to run their store, and time management skills are crucial. They'll also partner with other characters to create and offer goods, proving teamwork can be beneficial. Gamers can play for free, but the app has no shortage of things to buy with real-world money -- including packages of coins, scrolls, and other items.

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What's it about?

Players start a store and sell gear to warriors and other characters that head off to battle ogres and other creatures in SHOP TITANS: CRAFT & BUILD. Shopowners need to make swords, gloves, and other goods in a timed process. The more they make, the more experienced they become, which can increase the prices of these items. They can also partner with craftsmen like a blacksmith to produce items and can choose to sell, wait, or refuse customer offers. Unlocking blueprints enables gamers to make new items, although scrolls have to be collected to figure some designs out.

Is it any good?

This app offers a more nuanced experience than some sim games. In addition to solid graphics, Shop Titans: Craft & Build provides players with thorough instruction -- characters guide them through each new step, and you can find out more about a store item's intended use by clicking on the image that appears when shoppers make an offer to buy one. You can periodically send characters on quests to defeat creatures, wining prizes that will help revive them post-battle, utilize blueprints to make new goods, or obtain other advantages, which is another neat aspect of the game. And there's generally just plenty to do, which leaves little time to get bored when you're waiting for a store item to be finished so you can sell it. The shop holds a limited amount of items -- you can only craft a couple of things at once, without paying to make more -- and the time involved in creating things can differ, so players need to balance how many they make and what they're selling.

Having that kind of complexity makes the app a challenging experience; although it can also be a slightly overwhelming one. With so many elements to oversee -- such as tapping on items when they're finished to add them to their store, and investing in other businesses -- playing requires a lot of focus. A to-do list and achievement board outline various objectives, but it's not always clear where you should be focusing your time first. You can end up clicking around a lot to check the status of some of the elements, such as whether a warrior is rested enough to go on another quest. Players will need to stay focused and invest some serious playing time to master Shop Titans: Craft & Build, but if they do, they should walk away knowing more about retail work, collaboration, and other useful business concepts.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about handling responsibilities and managing time. Shop Titans: Craft & Build challenges players to maintain a store, which involves multitasking, so how can you determine which tasks are a priority?

  • How can you stay calm when your to-do list keeps getting longer? Are there ways to ease the stress you have with all of the tasks you need to complete?

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