Empire-building sim includes religious human sacrifice.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

GodZ encourages colonialism and ruthlessness with its emphasis on empire-building, converting religious followers, evangelizing other cultures, and sacrificing believers for a "greater cause." On the other hand, teamwork is encouraged, as members of the same religion cooperate to share resources.

Positive role models

Players receive guidance from mentor gods who encourage military expansion. Techniques include using thieves to steal resources from other players, and human sacrifice.

Ease of play

GodZ is a straightforward sim that's easy to pick up and play.


Players can invade other empires. Battles are nongraphic, represented by swords moving along a time line. Players can sacrifice believers at an altar to earn miracle points -- there's nothing graphic here either, though; players select how many miracle points they want, and the number of believers decreases by that number. "Unicorn Blood" is one of the resources to collect. The game itself is generally free from blood and gore, but the comic book-style graphics that accompany the story include graphic depictions of battle wounds (a female's arm is cut off, for example).


Some of the characters wear skimpy outfits, including a thong for one of the female gods that shows her bare butt, her midriff, and the sides of her breasts. A male god is bare-chested and dressed in a loin cloth. Kids also may be exposed to inappropriate language, including sexual references, from other players during chat. We did not encounter any references during our evaluation.


Kids may be exposed to inappropriate language from other players during chat. We didn't encounter any inappropriate language during our evaluation.


Players can purchase a premium currency called Ohra to speed up the game, skip quests, and buy exclusive items. The game also advertises various resource bundles for sale between $3.90 and $7.90.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that GodZ is an empire-building game played on Facebook. There are some privacy concerns, as strangers can send each other in-game text messages. The game is free to play, but players can purchase premium currency to speed things up, skip quests, and buy exclusive items. Players wage war on each other, but there's no graphic violence. Players can found or join a religion, recruit followers, and sacrifice followers to earn "miracle points" to help win battles.

What kids can learn


Language & Reading

  • following directions



  • work to achieve goals


  • meeting challenges together

Engagement, Approach, Support


The game is streamlined and easy to pick up. Quests prompt players to keep going, but they aren't terribly engaging or dynamic, and the story thins out after a promising introduction.

Learning Approach

Learning stresses acquiring more resources than the competition rather than employing advanced strategies to come out on top. Players can work together to share resources.


Players receive plenty of straightforward hints and prompts as well as ongoing guidance from a mentor character. Progress is marked by an ever-expanding empire and home city.

What kids can learn


Language & Reading

  • following directions



  • work to achieve goals


  • meeting challenges together

Kids can learn to follow directions and manage resources as they build their empire. People in the same religious group can work together by sharing resources. Regrettably, there are missed opportunities to teach kids about ancient technologies, warfare, and religions since the game does not go into a lot of depth in these areas. GodZ is an empire builder with disappointingly shallow strategic elements.

This Learning Rating review was written by Erin Bell

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What's it about?

In GODZ, players take on the role of a fledgling god tasked with building an empire of "believers" to prepare for the return of an evil deity named Afexha. Players build structures to harvest resources and produce troops to send into battle against other empires (both computer- and player-controlled). Religion features prominently in the game. Players build temples and train prophets to recruit believers, who then can be sacrificed at an altar in exchange for special bonuses in battle. You also can found a religion and invite other players (both friends and strangers) to join. A religion functions like a clan or guild; members can send in-game messages to each other and share resources.

Is it any good?


GodZ is a straightforward sim that's easy to pick up and play, but it doesn't offer a whole lot of depth or advanced strategy. Quests are pedantic and predictable (build a lumber mill, harvest lumber, build more lumber mills, level up the lumber mills, harvest more lumber…), and the game doesn't do enough to generate interest in its story, which basically disappears after a few introductory comic-book panels at the beginning. GodZ has fun elements of competition and conquest, but it's not sophisticated enough to be truly great.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can discuss the strategies presented in this game for conquering other empires: military war, using thieves to steal resources, and using priests to convert followers.

  • Families can explore early religions and discuss some of their practices, such as human sacrifice.

Game details

Price:Free With Microtransactions
Available online?Available online
Developer:Yucca Studios
Release date:September 10, 2013
ESRB rating:NR

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  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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