A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Encourages creative game programming and learning by exploring what others have created.
Positive Role Models
Players take control of either a sack boy or sack girl and help shepard that character through whimsical, physics-based levels where the only real goal is to reach the end.
Ease of Play
The puzzle levels are pretty straight-forward platform puzzling, but the create-your-own-levels can be challenging to figure out.
Violence & Scariness
While your sackperson can die by falling, landing in fire, tumbling into a bed of nails, or other dangerous things, he or she will always be "respawned" at the closest save point, and thankfully the game has many.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
It's possible to find age-inappropriate sexual content generated by other users.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this game offers three for one price. It's a unique platform puzzle game, a game-creating kit, and a community to share and explore how to make games. Since the community is online, parents might want to explore this community with their kids younger than age 12, because while the community is closely monitored, creative sorts sometimes choose age-inappropriate themes for their work (at the time of this publishing, there is a YouTube video showing a player-created level where Sackboy, the main character, is a little sperm trying to be ejaculated). It's possible for your child to stumble upon something you would rather they didn't before the game monitors pull down the inappropriate content. On the other hand, this is a community where creativity and inventiveness is celebrated. And it's one where you can play with friends or family either online or on the same console (for up to four players).
Is It Any Good?
What makes this game so amazing is that each of the three parts stands on its own merit and yet they seamlessly intertwine. If you aren't the creative type, just playing the Story will be fascinating -- it's like no other platformer you have ever played because the environment is so reactive. And when you're finished with the Story, your fun gaming experience can continue endlessly by exploring new levels created by others online. While EA is policing this content to keep it E-rated, this is a community where kids could run into offensive material before it's ferreted out, so parents might want to join in on the exploration of online content.
For kids (and adults!) who have always wanted to create their own video games, this game gives you the tools to do just that. And they are simple to use, presented with loads of hand-holding in the form of video tutorials. There are pre-made objects like circles and squares, but you can also design your own shapes. You can put them together in a variety of ways including string, glue, or bolts. If you're overwhelmed, the game offers templates to get you started. You can create something simple in 15-20 minutes or spend days working on something to give you bragging rights with friends.
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