Edge of Space

Game review by
Marcia Morgan, Common Sense Media
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Confusing space-crafting adventure tests player's skills.

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The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

Focus on discovery, creativity to craft weapons, armor, vehicles.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Operatives brave a dangerous alien world to survive, save humanity.

Ease of Play

Tutorial doesn’t offer enough guidance. New players, especially those not familiar with this type of game, will struggle with controls, crafting complexity.

Violence

Mild violence; players use various weapons to defeat fantasy creatures. No blood or gore.

Sex
Language

"Hell" used sparingly.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Edge of Space is a downloadable sandbox-style 2-D survival adventure game set in outer space. Violence in the game is mild, as players combat an array of peculiar creatures using a variety of weapons. The ability to craft armor, weapons, and vehicles using resources found around an alien planet adds a fun creative element. Objectives are not lined out too clearly, encouraging exploration and allowing players to roam freely. Parents should be aware that multiplayer is completely unmoderated, and multiplayer matches allow players to share their personal worlds with others, potentially exposing them to inappropriate content.

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What's it about?

After Earth is destroyed, ships are sent out to the EDGE OF SPACE to discover new planets to inhabit. After an unexpected attack, you find that your ship has crash-landed on an alien planet. Players take on the role of an Ark Corporation operative, whose mission is to create a habitable land out of an environment where everything from the plant life to the air you breathe tries to thwart your efforts. To survive, players must venture out to find resources to create useful items on their quest to literally carve out a new home for themselves on this hostile alien world.

Is it any good?

Though this space adventure provides a pleasant single-player experience, it was clearly designed with online multiplayer in mind. To tackle special dungeons and be prepared when rifts and random events pop up, you’ll need friends to lend a hand ... or a guided rocket launcher. That's not to say that the single-player story isn't intriguing. One of the more noteworthy aspects is the game's ability to use pretty much any resource you can gather for crafting. For example, right at the start, you'll have to brave the elements and collect the materials you'll need to craft your first gun. Of course, before you can even do that, you'll have to get what you need to craft a crafting table to craft your gun on. Aside from weapons, the resources gathered from mining, gathering plants, and drops from killed monsters also are used to craft all items essential to the character's survival, such as armor and your entire base of operations.

Although the purpose of the game is to freely explore this open world and craft your necessities, the one thing you can’t craft in Edge of Space is a better set of instructions. A more in-depth tutorial, or even more scripted content, would be a huge help in figuring out just how to play. New players may find the game confusing, especially with the hundreds of crafting recipes and dozens of resources to use. Be that as it may, if the thought of crafting and creating your own outer space adventure sounds like a blast (and assuming you can figure out how to actually play the game), you might still find Edge of Space an out-of-this-world experience.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the definition of adaptation. Creatures in this game had to adapt to survive; can you think of other animals in nature that have had to do the same thing?

  • Discuss creativity. If you could build your own planet, what would it look like? What types of features would you add?

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