LittleBigPlanet 3

Game review by
Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media
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Kids empowered to create own content in clever adventure.

Parents say

age 5+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 6+
Based on 4 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Educational value

Kids can learn about game design and experience positive social interactions in this wonderfully imaginative game-building game. A powerful editing module provides players with plenty of instruction, teaching them how the game's logic works, how to create switches that activate game elements under the proper conditions, and how to control the physical properties of various objects, including gravity and force. You can spend time designing a level and then instantly switch over and play your newly created stage. This creativity strengthens an already terrific social and cooperative gaming experience, whether you're playing online with others or with a friend in the same room. LittleBigPlanet 3 is a deeply imaginative interactive experience that does a great job of teaching kids what it's like to be a game designer. 

Positive messages

Promotes imagination, creativity, and social experiences with other players online or in the same room.

Positive role models & representations

World masters are kind and funny and provide good guidance. All heroes share the goal of saving planet Bunkum from a nefarious Creator.

Ease of play

Skill required, but no real punishment for failure aside from re-spawning. Robust creative mode demands some dedication, but interactive tutorials provide comprehensive instruction.    

Violence & scariness

Sack persons (stuffed, smiling burlap sacks) can be electrocuted, burned, and injured by spikes in cartoonish ragdoll animations. No blood or gore.

Language
Consumerism

Part of Sony's popular LittleBigPlanet series.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that LittleBigPlanet 3 is a family-friendly adventure game that comes with a powerful set of game-design tools. The story mode, which can be played with friends and family, leads players through a colorful, imaginative adventure. Violence generally takes the form of cartoonish hazards like burning platforms and spiky pits and is directed toward sack people and robots rather than humans. The creation mode allows kids to build and share their own levels and receive feedback from an active, upbeat community of players. Just keep in mind that user-generated levels may contain inappropriate content.

User Reviews

Adult Written byUnderstanderesrb June 29, 2015

Ahh Good times with ye old ps3

Parents if you want to know by an adult this game has a great learning experience why? it teaches you basic logic And, Or, XOR, inverted gates and those are bas...
Teen, 13 years old Written byDaCheezBoss March 29, 2015

Best in the series

Although this may only be for the PS3 version, I don't see what everyone means by the game being glitchy and buggy. I have had no problem with the game. Ow...
Teen, 13 years old Written bystinkbrain January 25, 2016

What's it about?

In LITTLEBIGPLANET 3, players take on the role of a cute, customizable sack person (a stuffed, burlap sack) entering a new realm within human imagination known as Bunkum. This colorful world has come under threat by an unimaginative fellow named Newton who (ironically named after the Enlightenment physicist) takes the form of a lightbulb. Bunkum is broken into a series of themed worlds that appear handcrafted, each composed of multiple side-scrolling and top-down platformer levels. Some require the talents of new playable characters, such as a sack puppy called Oddsock who can run up walls and leap great distances. Outside of story mode, players can once again create and share levels and games of their own design using a sophisticated set of game-design tools. These tools are introduced by a series of playable levels that coach kids in game design. Between one and four players can play at the same time, both in story and user-generated levels. 

Is it any good?

LittleBigPlanet games are downright joyous. Chalk it up to the series' colorful and deeply imaginative faux 2-D worlds, its undeniably uplifting selection of music, and its clever puzzles and gadgets -- like the new velociporter, which is basically the LittleBigPlanet version of Portal's portals. This edition's new roster of playable sack characters provides an added boost of happiness. Each new character is designed to make users look at and exploit various features within worlds in fresh and innovative ways. Unfortunately, the game is a bit glitchy compared to previous entries in the series. We encountered a particularly nasty bug that forced us to start the game over from scratch. Once properly patched, the story mode ought to prove just as entertaining as that of any of its predecessors.

But the chief draw of LittleBigPlanet 3 is its creation mode. Once players have worked through the creation tutorials, they'll have the power to create objects of any shape, size, and texture; control the logic that governs object behavior; and create special objectives and conditions for winning. Consider this: Working from a blank canvas, players have the ability to create anything and everything they see in the story mode, from setting up a complex series of in-game events to determining where and when to start and stop background music. It's pretty powerful stuff. When they're done creating, players can share what they've made with the game's vast community. Don't be surprised when, a decade or two from now, some of the industry's best game designers talk about how they got their start playing and making their own games in LittleBigPlanet 3.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about online safety in games like LittleBigPlanet 3. What would you do if you encountered inappropriate user-generated content in a game? Do you think developers ought to monitor every piece of content created by users? 

  • What sorts of things do you like to create? Which do you enjoy more in this game, creating or playing?

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