A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
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?
- 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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