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By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Creative vehicle builder a bit rough around the edges.

Game Mac , Windows 2014
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Autocraft is pretty rough around the edges. The 3-D presentation is very rudimentary, and the physics system is a bit wonky -- especially during crashes, where pieces often endlessly rattle in place as though they were sitting on a giant vibrating platform. Steering controls can be pretty finicky, too, which takes some of the joy out of your joyrides. Plus, there are noticeable problems with the sandbox mode, where you can download other users' vehicles before you've earned all the parts for them, resulting in gimpy, half-functioning rides.

Get past these problems, though, and you'll find a wonderfully imaginative, fun, and often funny game full of emergent play possibilities. Figuring out how parts work together to build the right sort of vehicle to meet objectives is a blast, and doing it in innovative ways the game's designers may not have considered can be quite satisfying. What's more, the ability to edit the properties of specific pieces will appeal to kids who really enjoy tinkering with and perfecting their digital creations. Autocraft is an easy recommendation, warts and all, for kids who enjoy creative play.

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