Parent reviews for Minecraft

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Common Sense says

age 8+

Based on our expert review

Parents say

age 7+

Based on 315 reviews

Kids say

age 7+

Based on 1808 reviews

age 9+

Best game created. No wonder it's so popular.

Younger kids may not know how to play, as WASD controls might be hard to understand, and they might get scared of mobs and not know how to progress. The combat is good, as mobs only flash red when hurt, and once health is depleted they die. In survival mode, without cheats, you'll die when your health is gone, and you have to keep the hunger bar up, or you'll starve. Hunger bars also heal you. You can respawn when killed. Only in hardcore, you play like survival; gather resources, fight nature to survive, but you can't respawn in hardcore. You can spectate the world or delete it. In creative, no mobs will attack you, and you can fly, and have infinite resources. No food or health is needed.

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
11 people found this helpful.
age 4+

It's more than a silly little block game.

I've been playing Minecraft since July 2010, so I've seen most major updates for game. The game offers "Infinite wonders and endless possibilities" Minecraft isn't actually infinite or endless, but it might as well be due to the large amount of things you can do with the game. My favorite parts of the game are survival and hardcore singleplayer, and survival multiplayer. Minecraft may seem simple at first, but there are a lot of mechanics under the hood and there are ways to manipulate the game in unintended ways. Multiplayer is another big part of Minecraft, where I play on my private servers with friends and family. There are a lot Multiplayer servers, although most are private. My favorite is my private server and 2b2t, the oldest anarchy server in Minecraft is another experience altogether. In summary, Minecraft is a game that is definitely worth a try, and is more than a simple little block game.

This title has:

Great messages
Easy to play/use
10 people found this helpful.
age 2+
People who rate this game 1 star and say it is 'unsafe' are wrong: Minecraft warns you about 3rd party online play - and you can even disable chat, or just play single player. For the 'Monster Problem' this is a FANTASY game. Most fantasy games have death & dying, and if it is too much - enable peaceful mode. The addiction is inevitable, but considering over 200 million individuals bought the game, you can see why. Set a reasonable screen time If you want. Please do your research next time and choose the right review to trust. Peace out!

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Educational value
3 people found this helpful.
age 9+

Public servers have inappropriate language in chat

My son has been playing Minecraft off and on since he was 4. For a long time, he played on his Amazon tablet. I don’t believe he was playing with other people. If he was, the chat was disabled. He is now in middle school and has a computer. Recently some friends invited him to play with them. They played on their own server. I heard them discussing trades and plans. It seemed cooperative. My son started playing more and more. His friends weren’t on the game as much as he was so he joined public servers. I’ve noticed he hasn’t been doing as much building, just a lot of killing. He is especially proud of his kill streaks which he has screen-shotted and is using as his background. The other day I noticed racist language in the chat of the public server he was on. My son dismissed it saying they always talk that way there. I will not be allowing him on public servers anymore and am going to limit his play time. I am surprised at how little is discussed about the pitfalls of this game. It seems everyone has jumped on the Minecraft bandwagon. Even the schools have Minecraft education edition. ( I wonder how much taxpayers pay and Minecraft banks for that?!). So many parents in real life talk about the extreme addictiveness of this game for their kids. I can vouch for that. Your kid may learn some stuff. One question you may want to ask yourself is - would my kid be better off never playing Minecraft at all? It is a valid question. As your kid gets older, they will most likely learn how to join and create servers and how to change their settings to suit themselves. If your rules and expectations are not specific and consistently enforced, you may find you (and your child) on a slippery slope. Take it from me!

This title has:

Too much violence
2 people found this helpful.
age 8+

I like it

Ive played it a few times and really enjoyed it, My son told me that you can play online with other people adn i tried it. I helped my son make his skin, we are black. When we joined the server a bunch of people went around and and just said raicial slurs. i do not know why they did not star them out. we left that server dont go on it.

This title has:

Easy to play/use
Too much swearing
2 people found this helpful.
age 13+

Good, but can be bad.

Its singleplayer mode is good and helps promote creativity, but if you're going to allow multiplayer mode, make sure all frequented servers have a swearing filter. There are adolescents on servers that frequently swear, and cyberbully too. So be cautious.

This title has:

Too much swearing
2 people found this helpful.
age 2+

Minecraft is good

Yes.

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Easy to play/use
1 person found this helpful.
age 10+

Its creative

AWESOME

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Educational value
1 person found this helpful.
age 8+

Excellent game, be aware of online features.

Minecraft is an excellent game for young children to help encourage their creativity and problem solving. It’s also an excellent way to bond with kids, I play it all the time with my young niece. One thing parents need to be aware of though is the online features and micro transactions. As with any online space for kids parents need to carefully monitor what’s going on with their children. Before letting a kid play on any servers be sure to have a conversation about online safety, and check in often to make sure no one sketchy is using the chat function to talk to your kid. Let them know what to look out for as well. Also be aware that Minecraft is popular with all ages, so not every server is age appropriate. Be sure to check in with your kid and make sure they aren’t playing on servers they shouldn’t be. As for micro transactions, parents should be aware that Microsoft owns Minecraft, and is using a similar strategy to app games to make more money. Make sure your kid cant make purchases on their own, just in case. I also recommend having a conversation about micro transactions. Be aware that they will probably ask for things in the Minecraft marketplace. I have 3 different recommendations for dealing with this. The first is to explain that minecoins cost real money, and that you aren’t going to buy any. If you do this I also recommend explaining online scams. Children will often use google to try and find a way to get free currency in their favorite games, something hackers will exploit. You could also negotiate an allowance they can use to purchase minecoins. My second recommendation is to purchase Minecraft realms. It’s a monthly subscription that gives your kids access to a large chunk of marketplace content, and allows them to set up a small server for them and their friends to play on. My third recommendation is to play the PC version and learn how to use Mods, which are free additions to the game. I only really recommend this route if you are interested in playing as well though.

This title has:

Educational value
Easy to play/use
1 person found this helpful.
age 5+

God dam this is great

I Was introduced to Minecraft a month ago and was HEAVILY dissatisfied with the lack of support from other people on this site, if you like games with hardship, fun and good range to do. This is your game. Don’t listen to others they are just angry that they are bad at this game, I saw a post talking about lag and other people on the game not being very nice to others but what did you expect when you decided to play this a server which minecraft dose not own or make, servers are made by players and those players have to look after it if it is a bad server or lagging it’s not minecraft it’s just they players that made it who did not bother to look after there server, thus minecraft is a great game and helps your kids and yourself use imagination to explore and desire your own world!

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Easy to play/use
Too much swearing
1 person found this helpful.