Ark: Survival Evolved

Game review by Franklin Rinaldi, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 14+

Violent survival MMO tests skills against humans, dinos.

Parents say

age 11+

Based on 46 reviews

Kids say

age 10+

Based on 138 reviews

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age 16+
The game is very beautiful and interesting. BUT: permanent shutdown of the server (for example, Genesis 2) for 30 min. up to 2 hours or more, 8-10 times a day, leads to the loss of tamed / grown dinosaurs and legendary weapons / armor, the creation / cultivation of which requires 6-8 hours of resource gathering and several days of cultivation. And all this is lost due to a server failure (error, crash). On the request to restore the lost technical support answer - no. But after all, everyone understands that one must be responsible for one's mistakes and correct them, but they do not understand. Isn't this, dear developers, you teach your children? Then why are you behaving like irresponsible children... If the developers are not able to ensure the smooth operation of the servers due to limited financial resources, is it really so difficult to think of introducing a limit on the number of buildings and the number of animals, the mass character of which leads to crashes (failures)? If you do not feel sorry for your nerves and time - for several hours to wait for the server to recall, then come in, play, the game is very good. The technical support is just awful.
age 9+
I would recommend parents to have a bit of prior gaming knowledge before purchasing the game. Single player, or a dedicated server (Kid hosts a server off there PC for buddies to play) can be customised very extensively 1x gathering/xp etc Is the usual start, for a kid I would upgrade that to 15x? (note click on the number, dont use the slider it maxes at x3) if you've got someone a bit mature 13+ they can probably start normal base game and tweak It from there. Blood Is very minimal and as a person that grew up *not* around guns, If your family is the same I wouldn't recommend limiting exposure to them In game, Teach your child about the uses and cons of them In a child friendly way. (note I dont have kids I'm speaking from experience, site just requires me to list one)

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