A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Create is a unique physics puzzle game that encourages players to think of imaginative solutions. It is, at the same time, an artistic game that lets kids customize their own little worlds. User-created puzzles can be shared and downloaded via the online communities of the various game consoles. Downloaded puzzles should be pre-vetted by the game company and therefore safe to play (although, since you can only use the included items and designs to create your puzzles, there isn't much of a chance to abuse the system to begin with).
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What's it about?
CREATE provides you with a series of blank, colorless worlds, which you can customize with all manner of objects, vehicles, animals, textures, structures, stickers, effects, and even music. In addition to decorating these worlds, you will also need to solve a series of physics puzzles in each -- you may need to get a car to a finish line or find ways to bump an stationary object through a hoop that sits across two gaping chasms. Each puzzle you solve earns you more items that can then be used to solve further puzzles. You can also create your own puzzles, which can be shared and tried out by other players.
Is it any good?
You've never played a game like Create. There's the marvelous, customizable, Sim-City-esque world-building aspect to it, which in and of itself is loads of fun, and will inspire endless jolts of creativity. But that's not even the main part of the game. The physics puzzles, which start off easy but grow incredibly challenging, will undoubtedly get your creative juices flowing. What is refreshing is that there will be so many different objects to use -- and no prescribed solution that must be followed. If you need to move an object, you can try having an ice cream truck push it, a tow-truck pull it, a rocket smash into it, a balloon lift it, a pinball bumper bounce it, or any number of other ideas. The replay value is endless, since you'll want to keep trying alternative solutions even after you win a puzzle. And there's a potentially infinite number of user-created puzzles that can also be explored. For creative thinkers, this game is a gold mine.
Online interaction: This game offers a rich online component of creating and sharing. You can snap pictures of your custom decorated worlds to post to an online gallery that other players can see. And you can create and share your own physics puzzles. You can download other players' pre-vetted puzzles.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about sharing created content online. When you create your own puzzle, how do you feel about the idea that strangers around the world might be downloading and playing it?
Parents can ask their kids about the physics lessons learned by playing the game. How does gravity come into play in a puzzle? What about momentum or velocity?
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