Edgeworld

 
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Casual sci-fi strategy game about warfare has open chat.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Edgeworld's is a combat game, with various factions vying for the lion's share of planetary resources. Factions are perpetually at war with each other, with no one faction having a clear ethical high ground.

Positive role models

The player's base will be attacked regularly by computer-controlled faction leaders; these attacks are accompanied by insults and threats. The planet is in a constant state of war, and all resources harvested go towards the war effort (as opposed to art and culture of any kind).

Ease of play

This strategy game is easy to pick up and play. An excellent quest system guides players through which upgrades to purchase next, and players can also consult help files and game forums for gameplay strategies and tips.

Violence

Players can invade bases that belong to other players or to computer-controlled factions, and must also defend their base against attacks. Combat uses futuristic projectile weaponry like laser canons and lightning towers with explosions but there is no graphic violence.

Sex

Kids might be exposed to sexual innuendo in the live chat. Some of the characters wear revealing outfits that expose bare midriffs and cleavage.

Language

There is mild use of strong language in the game text, such as the occasional use of "hell." Players may also be exposed to inappropriate language from other players in chat, such as "f--k," "s--t," and "bitch."

Consumerism

Players can spend real money to speed up the game, and players are prompted to purchase currency each time they start up the game through an ad.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Kids might be exposed to drinking, smoking, and drug references from other players in chat.

Privacy & safety

Some privacy concerns. Players don't need to add strangers as Facebook friends, so personal information is safe. However, players can interact with strangers via in-game private messages and unmoderated chat windows.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Edgeworld is a science fiction-themed strategic combat game played on the Facebook social network. Players interact with strangers through built-in public chat boards that are self-policed by the community (there are no built-in language filters), and private messages. The game is free to play, but players can spend real-world money to speed up play and build a more powerful base. Players can attack each other's bases, but damage is not permanent, and the violence is represented by explosions not blood. 

What's it about?

EDGEWORLD is a strategy game where various factions are fighting for territory and resources on the planet of Cerulea. Players build a home base and defend it from attacks by other players and computer-controlled opponents, and raise armies to attack other bases and loot opponents' resources. Players can remain independent or join alliances with other players to pool resources. Like CivWorld, players don't add neighbors but rather collaborate with strangers worldwide without having to add them as Facebook friends. Players can send each other private messages, or talk in real-time via several levels of in-game chat.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Edgeworld's gameplay is similar to Kabam's previous strategy game Global Warfare, but it introduces a convincing sci-fi theme to the mix, complete with polished graphics, exotic alien adversaries, and a stellar soundtrack. Players are in a constant state of warfare, defending their base while planning their next attack against enemy bases. However, buildings and troops are never permanently lost (buildings get repaired after a certain amount of time has passed), so being attacked is not a devastating experience, and as a result the game never becomes overly vindictive. As players progress further into the game, the pacing slows down since buildings require more resources and time to upgrade, and only one building can be upgraded at a time unless players are willing to pay to speed things up. On the other hand, this makes Edgeworld a good choice for casual gamers who don't want to sink hours into the game at a time and would prefer to simply check in a few times per day.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how teamwork can play an important part in the game if players choose to join a faction. What are the advantages to joining a faction to share resources, versus staying independent?

  • Families can also talk about what strategies they used to defend their base from attacks. Where are the best places to put turrets and buildings?

  • Families can talk about online privacy and staying safe while online.  What precautions should you take to protect your personal information on social networks?

Game details

Platforms:Facebook
Price:Free with Microtransactions
Available online?Available online
Developer:Kabam
Release date:August 11, 2011
Genre:Strategy
ESRB rating:NR for (Facebook)

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Teen, 13 years old Written byShakeim November 5, 2013
 

Language

Some people abuse the chat room.
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Parent Written byJoanne_Linebrook July 25, 2012
 

Mother in distress, bad game.

My child was playing this the game and he told me "mommy come look at this game!" I went over to look at it and somebody had attacked him and left him a message saying *beware there is swearing here* "suck my wang "they said the p word" you just got attacked female dog "they said the b word"" and there was a mushroom that looked quite strange "8=====D" Why would somebody be so rude! It's not normal to be that rude, I mean, He's 13! He doesn't need this type of language, It's a bad influence. That's just like if his father came up to him and punched him in the face!
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