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CoasterVille

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Build your own amusement park on Facebook with your friends.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Players expand the theme park so that their guests can have fun. The game encourages cooperation among neighbors through doing chores in each other's parks, and accepting invitations and gift requests.

Positive role models

Players meet a variety of positive characters who have enthusiastic ideas about how to improve the park. Other characters must be won over slowly, like a grumpy neighbor who complains about the noise.

Ease of play

The game is simple and easy to learn, with ample tutorials and guides along the way.

Violence
Not applicable
Sex
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

Players can spend real-world money on a premium currency, Park Cash, which is used to advance in the game more quickly by instantly completing quests and building projects. Players will be more tempted to purchase Park Cash if they don't have many friends who are also playing and helping them to proceed.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

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'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?

QUALITY

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?

Game details

Platforms:Facebook
Subjects:Hobbies: building
Language & Reading: following directions
Skills:Collaboration: cooperation, group projects, meeting challenges together
Self-Direction: achieving goals
Creativity: imagination
Price:Free with Microtransactions
Available online?Available online
Developer:Zynga
Release date:December 5, 2012
Genre:Simulation
ESRB rating:NR

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Adult Written byJessrond February 27, 2014

A terrible Zyngafied version of Rollercoaster Tycoon

I am disappointed that Common Sense Media gave this Zynga "game" a high score. It is their same basic Zynga concept. Click to build things and if you want to build them faster you need to buy some Facebook Credits. I suspect whoever gave this game such a high score just saw a kid playing it for five minutes. You'd be better off finding a discount version of RollerCoaster Tycoon if a kid wants to play a real game. Zynga games are not games, most of the time. They are either identical to board games or the same "FarmVille" experience with new backgrounds. FarmVille, FronteirVille, etc. Don't waste your time, and most certinaly not your money.
What other families should know
Easy to play/use
Too much consumerism
Safety and privacy concerns
Teen, 15 years old Written byAhmed XD May 3, 2016

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