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The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What 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.
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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?
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.
Talk to your kids 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?
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