A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that CivWorld is an adaptation of Sid Meier's groundbreaking Civilization series for the Facebook social network. By joining a civilization, players can interact with strangers through built-in chat boards that are self-policed by the community (there is no built-in language filter). The game is free to play, but players can purchase premium currency to speed up play. Civilizations can wage war on each other, but conflict plays a relatively small part in the overall experience, and there is no graphic violence. Kids need to be age 13 to join Facebook, and thus that is the age set for this game.
What's it about?
In CIVWORLD, each player presides over a nation that they must grow by building structures and giving citizens different jobs (Farmers, Builders, Artists, Merchants, Scientists) to harvest different resources. Players can remain independent or join a civilization -- such as the Roman Empire, British Commonwealth, or American Territories -- to pool resources with other players in an effort to make their civilization the dominant global power. Players contribute to the civilization in a number of ways, including conducting scientific research to discovering new technologies, raising troops to send to war, building Great Wonders to earn bonuses, and buying and selling goods at the market to earn money.
Is it any good?
CivWorld is a polished game that retains much of the flavor and complexity of the original Civilization computer games while adding social features that encourage true teamwork rather than simply spamming Facebook friends' walls for items. Through in-game chat boards, players in a civilization can coordinate each nation's contributions in such a way as to maximize the civilization's overall prosperity. There are multiple goals to pursue on many different levels, and achievements are displayed on online leaderboards. There might be some privacy concerns since players are able to interact with people outside their circle of Facebook friends, but so far the community seems to be mature and capable of policing itself.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about which civilization they chose to join, using the game as a jumping off point to research more about that civilization's history and culture. Did you enjoy learning about history through games?
Families can also talk about how teamwork plays an important part in the game. In what ways do different members of the civilization cooperate to achieve common goals?
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