A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What 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.
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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.
Talk to your kids 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?
- Platforms: Facebook
- Subjects: Hobbies: building
Language & Reading: following directions
- Skills: Collaboration: cooperation, group projects, meeting challenges together
Self-Direction: achieving goals
- Price: Free with Microtransactions
- Available online? Available online
- Developer: Zynga
- Release date: December 5, 2012
- Genre: Simulation
- ESRB rating: NR
For kids who love social games
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