Survivalcraft

App review by
Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Suspenseful building, but iffy content in community mode.

Parents say

age 9+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 1 review

A lot or a little?

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

Educational Value

Kids can learn to think creatively and flexibly as they create and craft. As they play, kids must follow certain instructions to make things but also experiment to make what they're imagining become reality. Though there's no explicit educational content and perhaps fewer options than games like it, Survivalcraft offers kids an expansive world in which to dream, create, and solve problems.

Ease of Play

The controls are fairly difficult, are quite sensitive, and can be clunky and slow at times. 

Violence

When animals are shot using crossbows or hunting gun, they fall to the ground with fire-like explosions around them. Predators can kill players, and there's an option to kill your character if you're "stuck"; the game outlines this process in the help section under the term "Suicide." Community Content area has violent content, but parents can disable it in settings, and offensive content can be reported.

Sex

No racy stuff generated by game, but sexual content may be observed (and has been reported) in worlds via the Community Content area. Parents can disable the Community Content area in settings, and offensive content can be reported.

Language

No swearing generated by game, but profanity exists in the Community Content area; there's no language filter, so content and language in the Community Content area depends on individual users. Parents can disable the Community Content area in settings, and offensive content can be reported.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Community Content area depends on individual users. Parents can disable the Community Content area in settings, and offensive content can be reported.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Survivalcraft is extremely similar to Minecraft but might be scarier for some. This game includes lightning fires that destroy creations, man-eating sharks and killer whales, and animals being struck and killed by weapons. Kids can play in single-player mode -- which means they see only their own creations -- or they can get content from other players in the Community Content area, in which content isn't filtered and totally dependent on what the user chooses to build and write. If a player sees inappropriate content made by other players, it can be reported. Read the app's privacy policy to learn about the types of information collected and shared.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bySalsander June 7, 2016

OK alternative to Minecraft, but a bit pointless.

This game was created when Minecraft Pocket Edition (the mobile version of Minecraft) was a relatively new app. At the time, Pocket Edition lacked certain featu... Continue reading
Adult Written byDavid whatever August 23, 2018

This game does not get the appreciation it deserves.

First, this game can be pretty scary. Going into dark caves and getting attacked by animals without warning can be pretty scary. That being said the graphics ar... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byLivy086 July 22, 2017

Very engaging

I really love this game it's so simple! I love creating my own world and exploring different creations. The only thing I would like added is pets but other... Continue reading

What's it about?

After being marooned on an island, players begin to build worlds in SURVIVALCRAFT. In a new world, players choose creative, harmless, challenging, or cruel (character can't respawn after dying), then press play, and a world appears. Viewing the screen from a first-person perspective, players either start building things in creative mode or in survival mode (all modes are survival other than creative) and must start collecting tools and weapons right away. To survive, players must watch their hunger levels and kill animals -- everything from sharks to elephants -- to eat meat, or they start to get sick and die. To build a building, players tap where they want to place a block and begin to build. As players move through the world, they collect things such as wood, precious stones, electric elements, and more to help them throughout the rest of the game. Players can build multiple worlds and share them or keep them private. There's no authorized multiplayer mode at the time of review.

Is it any good?

Though it's a lot like Minecraft, this app may strike some kids as more suspenseful and scary and more focused on survival. Though there's a creative mode without threats and Minecraft has its own share of threats and enemies, this sandbox adventure seems to have even more realistic bad guys. It's generally OK for kids who aren't scared by herds of animals stampeding their character or sharks circling -- and sometimes eating -- him (there's only a male character). For younger kids, single-player/creative mode is the best because they can explore and craft without violence or roaming around older players' creations. In the Community Content area, it's anyone's guess as to what kids will find, and some of it has been found to be overtly violent, sexual, or both -- definitely not for kids. Though there's a setting to block access to this area, it isn't locked with a parent password, so kids can simply change it back. Also, gameplay isn't as smooth here as it is on Minecraft: The controls are much more difficult to use and can be clunky and slow. On the other hand, there are more tools for building in Survivalcraft than Minecraft, which can be a plus. For teens and adults, the differences may be a matter of taste, but for younger players, single-player Minecraft may be a better bet.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about your family's rules about online servers and content created by other people (potentially adults). Discuss what to do if your kid is allowed to view Community Content on this game and comes across inappropriate content.

  • Discuss the difference between suspense and spookiness vs. cruel and gratuitous violence.

  • Talk about what kids can learn from this type of game. What types of creativity and problem-solving does you kids use while playing?

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