Doodle God

Game review by
Sarah Van Boerum, Common Sense Media
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Clever puzzler entertains, shocks with combined elements.

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Positive Messages

Promotes creative thinking, problem solving.

Positive Role Models & Representations

No role models to follow.  

Ease of Play

Simple controls; easy to learn.

Violence

No direct violence, but hints of it when you combine certain elements, such as a human with fire, which results in a corpse.

Sex

Combining a human element with another human results in an element with a picture of cartoon people in a sexual position.

Language

Quotes for new elements can contain words hinting about sex, alcohol, death; might contain some light curse words as well.

Consumerism

Players prompted to purchase hints with real money if they get stuck.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Vodka, alcohol are elements used to create new combinations, mentioned throughout.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Doodle God is a downloadable puzzle and strategy game that requires players to create and combine elements to build a new world. There are a variety of levels where players can make their own worlds by building on existing elements. Elements range from earth to bacteria to energy. Players must pay attention and use their brainpower to create 26 worlds and 249 elements. It's important to note that some elements showing images of sex and alcohol aren't appropriate for younger players, just as some quotes attached to elemental creation aren't appropriate for kids.

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What's it about?

DOODLE GOD allows players to mix and match different base elements such as fire, water, and earth to build new elements that are used to create a new world. New creations can be tricky, so players must use logic to come up with different combinations. Players can create natural elements such as air, animal life, plants, and bacteria, but some combos may lead to unnatural creations such as zombies, ghosts, fire birds, and corpses, which bring a mysterious and somewhat eerie feeling to the game. Gamers can also try to unlock new achievements and earn hints, which can help if you get stuck along the way. The main focus is to create and finish your world as quickly as possible to unlock a variety of new worlds.

Is it any good?

This interesting puzzle game takes a combination of patience and logic as players try to come up with new creations to enrich their world. Gameplay is easy and straightforward, and once you start playing, it's easy to continue from level to level without having to figure out controls. Players must finish one world to proceed to the next but may also play in quest, puzzles, and tournament modes when they need a little variety. That being said, some of the elemental content includes alcohol and sex as well as a variety of cheeky quotes that some parents may find inappropriate for younger players.

Players will be challenged, as they must think outside the box to get the correct combos; since there are so many that must be created to finish your world, you can check the in-game encyclopedia and achievement board to see which ones you're still missing. The game itself presents just the right combo of intrigue and entertainment that makes players want to continue building their worlds, but it's challenging enough to keep you from getting bored. Doodle God also gives players creation challenges such as making clay, butterflies, and a turtle, which are rewarded with in-game hints. If you've been looking for a game that isn't your typical puzzler, Doodle God will keep you on your toes with challenges and puzzles that give you the satisfaction of creating your own world.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the sudden introduction of mature content such as sex and alcohol consumption in Doodle God. Why do you think the designers chose to include this content in a blatantly unrealistic game? Does it add anything to the gameplay, or is it unjustified?

  • Talk about the natural elements that have been combined to create our world. What elements would you use to create your own world? How would you go about finding them?

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