The Blockheads

App review by
Debbie Gorrell, Common Sense Media
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Create and survive in virtual worlds; some privacy concerns.

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Educational Value

The game empowers kids by encouraging creativity and independent thinking through the exploration and creation of unique virtual worlds. There are also plenty of opportunities to build strategic-thinking skills as kids aim to survive and maintain optimal health.

Ease of Play

Given that this is a sand-box game, players can roam around at will and there are few limitations. This can make it difficult for kids to figure out what they’re doing. There are some on-screen prompts that help, but players are left to figure everything out.

Violence

Some animals that kids encounter are aggressive, and players often attack one another in multiplayer mode. No blood or gore's shown.

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Consumerism

In-app purchases are offered that may entice kids to spend money rather than spend time earning points and rewards.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Blockheads is a simulation game for iOS and Android devices. Kids can play in solo or multiplayer mode. In solo mode, kids explore their virtual world, gathering materials and workbenches to create structures and farms. They may encounter animals, some of which are aggressive, but no blood or gore's shown during conflicts. In multiplayer mode, kids can join online servers to play with other gamers. Players attack one another to survive, and joining servers opens the door to potentially inappropriate content, depending on who hosts the server and who joins. Kids can host their own worlds, and there's a private setting that gives the user control over who joins. Lots of unnecessary (but fun) in-app purchases are offered. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your kid’s 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?

In THE BLOCKHEADS, kids can play solo or with others in multiplayer mode. It’s a sandbox game, so kids have freedom to roam around virtual worlds as they wish. There are five features that kids need to manage for their avatars, or “blockheads”: health, happiness, hunger, environment, and energy. The blockheads must eat, build, and sleep using resources from their surroundings in order to maintain these features, make progress, and ultimately survive. Kids can join online servers to play with others, or they can host their own world (private or public) and have others join.

Is it any good?

This game is an exciting way for kids to freely explore and get creative, although some younger kids might feel lost or overwhelmed by so much unstructured play. Managing The Blockhead’s five features to keep them alive is at the heart of the game – it’s very empowering and can be great fun. There’s an easily accessible panel that kids simply tap to view. If a certain feature is low, such as hunger, kids can grab pieces of fruit from trees or take pieces from a stockpile that they’ve collected. Kids can even use a meditation option that allows their blockhead to collect items while resting and possibly improve their blockhead’s environment feature. But, as with any well-developed strategy game, there are trade-offs. Kids may run out of supplies if they use them too quickly or if other players take them in multiplayer mode.

The game offers unique worlds that include equators, climates, seasons, cave systems, and more. The conditions of the worlds have a direct impact on game play. For example, if the climate is cold, a blockhead must maintain its health by keeping warm. This can be accomplished in different ways, such as finding a hat that's resistant to cold. Since there are opportunities to connect with other players on public severs, the game's best suited for kids who know and can follow safe online practices. With a bit of patience, time, and an open mind, the virtual worlds can become a fun, truly engaging place for kids to play and learn.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about online safety. Why is it safer to set up a world in The Blockheads so family members can play with one another to earn points instead of strangers? Is there a way to play this game safely online?

  • What do kids like best about The Blockheads – crafting items, maintaining health, designing unique worlds, etc.? What do you think kids like the least about the game?

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
  • Skills: Creativity: imagination, making new creations
  • Price: Free to try
  • Pricing structure: Free to try (Free to download; additional items can be purchased for $0.99-$19.99)
  • Release date: June 14, 2019
  • Category: Simulation Games
  • Topics: Adventures
  • Size: 95.00 MB
  • Publisher: Majic Jungle Software
  • Version: 1.7.4
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 8.0 or later; Android 3.1 and up
  • Last updated: April 30, 2020

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