What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that CoasterVille is a building simulation played on Facebook where kids design their own theme park and rollercoasters. It's free to play, but players can spend premium currency to speed up the game and instantly complete quests and buildings. Players can advance faster if they have friends who are also playing the game. The game would appeal to kids as young as 10, but Facebook requires members to be at least 13.
What kids can learn
Language & Reading
- following directions
- achieving goals
- group projects
- meeting challenges together
Engagement, Approach, Support
CoasterVille reels kids in with projects that ensure there's always one more thing to do. Production values are high, and kids can customize the appearance of the theme park by choosing different colors and terrain.
Players actively shape the park's layout while learning design principles such as accessibility, though subjects aren't covered in much depth. Kids earn positive reinforcement (like a fireworks display) for achieving milestones.
Players can always get help when they need it on any aspect of the game. Excellent tutorials and an extensive quest system guide players about what to do next.
What's it about?
In COASTERVILLE, players manage and expand a theme park by building rides, concession stands, and other related structures. The star attractions of the park are its rollercoasters, which can be built and expanded in any direction to create different layouts. Socially, players can visit each other's parks, and help neighbors advance in the game by staffing their buildings and gifting special items.
Is it any good?
The ability to expand and customize rollercoasters is the big difference between CoasterVille and any of its other building sim cousins. Kids can also customize the color and appearance of the park, and complete special quests to unlock themed attractions, such as a fantasy castle. The game is well-polished and attractive to look at. However, unless players are willing to spend a steady stream of Park Cash (the game's premium currency), they will find it increasingly difficult to advance without significant investments of time or numbers of neighbors.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about online privacy and staying safe while online. How can kids change their Facebook settings to prevent strangers from seeing personal information?
Families can discuss their favorite theme park attractions. If you could design your own attraction, what would it be?