A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Crisis of Nations is played through the iCivics.org website, and is primarily an educational tool. In order to access the game, registration on the site is mandatory. The game can also be accessed through a Facebook account.
What's it about?
In CRISIS OF NATIONS, players take control of a small country and are tasked with using resources to solve the crises that occur on each turn. The goal is to collect 15 of a pre-determined resource (the computer sets a different goal for each of the four nations in each game). At the end of each crisis, players are rewarded for successfully averting the problem. Players also receive random resource rewards at the end of each round. Countries can use impositions (when players force another player to dedicate resources) to require other nations to utilize resources toward solving a crisis. Each game can last from 30 minutes to an hour, depending on the random crises that plague the world and what resources are needed.
Is it any good?
Crisis of Nations is a decent game, but it suffers from too much randomness. The game is set up to be simple and easy to learn, and players ages 9 and older should have no problems with the basic concepts. There might be a bit of frustration, though, when players get close to accomplishing the goal of collecting 15 of the target resources, only to have other computer characters suddenly target them with impositions to deplete the resources. In several games my country sat at 12 resources, only to have crisis arise that required those resources and other nations hit me with impositions that took my 12 down to eight. To make matters worse, the crisis was not averted and there were no rewards. Graphically the game is fine, but the music (it can be turned down or off) is repetitive.
Talk to your kids about ...
- Platforms: Windows
- Subjects: Social Studies: global awareness, government, the economy
- Skills: Collaboration: group projects, teamwork
Thinking & Reasoning: decision-making, strategy
Responsibility & Ethics: making wise decisions
Self-Direction: set objectives, work to achieve goals
- Price: Free
- Pricing structure: Free
- Available online? Available online
- Developer: iCivics.org
- Release date: January 15, 2012
- Genre: Educational
- ESRB rating: NR
- Last updated: June 19, 2019
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