A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Kids can learn a few tenets of financial literacy and experience the outcomes of their own good and bad choices without the threat of losing their allowance. Life on the farm illustrates relationships among debt, savings, and cash. Most will likely learn to fear finance charges, get interested in...interest, and have a basic but working understanding of how savings can yield even more savings by compounding. Obviously, learning the vocabulary of financial literacy is a big win, too. Farm Blitz introduces kids to principles of managing money in a way that transfers equally to personal or professional environments.
Responsible financial behavior is the focus of this game.
Positive Role Models
Kyra, the narrator (who is also your instructor on the rules of the game), offers plenty of good information and financial advice.
Ease of Play
The game combines familiar formats, and an on-screen narrator makes frequent appearances for tutorials and advice.
Violence & Scariness
Dynamite sticks can be purchased to rid the farm of pesky bunnies at later stages of the game. There is no graphic violence.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Farm Blitz is about as addictive as Web-based financial-literacy games get. Developed by the Boston-based non-profit Doorways to Dreams Fund, the game joins the casual match-3 mechanics of a Bejeweled or Candy Crush Saga with the engaging simplicity of sims like FarmVille. Well-suited for early teens (and many adults), Farm Blitz bakes up a nearly perfect combination of puzzles: on one hand, a playful matching game to get the farm's vegetables in a row, and on the other, a challenge to line up solvent finances. Most players making it through one or two rounds likely will work hard to beat the game and might even come to understand compound interest as a result.
Is It Any Good?
Players who approach Farm Blitz with reasonable expectations for a free financial-literacy game will be thrilled to find solid graphics, an engaging narrative, and smart interplay between catchy mechanics and well-supported learning objectives. Even the game's villains are cleverly tied in. As players tend the farm, bunny rabbits slowly populate a pen next to the crop. Each one represents debt that acquires interest over time. When too many rabbits crowd the pen, they begin digging holes and gobbling up the crop. Who knew bunnies could feel so evil?
In-game supports are generally well done, mixing mouseover tips for financial terms like net worth with narrated guide-on-the-side interjections at well-timed intervals, though important information occasionally moves by at a speed that's a bit too fast to process. A few details are unclear, like why players need a loan each time they buy seeds, but any shortcuts in the narrative are made up for with clear messaging when it's most necessary.
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