A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Focusing on construction rather than destruction, Pocket Build+ lets you create and manage a world and encourages you to use your imagination.
Positive Role Models
Not relevant, as you don't play as a specific character in this sandbox simulation.
Pocket Build+ has some blocky humans who perform tasks for you, with varying skin tones, as well as goblins that are in the game. But this title is more about building and resource collecting than interacting with others (and there's no story).
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Ease of Play
The developers do a good job introducing you to the mechanics of this game, which is played with your fingertips on an iPhone or iPad, and a wireless game controller on Apple TV and Mac. It's easy to pick up and play, move around, and change between camera angles.
Violence & Scariness
While not core to the game, there's some optional mild combat against blocky humans, goblins, or animals. You can use a sword or other items to hit someone or something, but there's no blood or gore.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Pocket Build+ is a downloadable sandbox building simulation exclusively for Apple Arcade. Most of the content in the game, which allows you to build and create cities out of your own imagination, features nothing inappropriate. There is optional fantasy violence, as you can whack blocky humans and goblins (from a first-person view). No blood or gore is shown as a result of this combat.
Is It Any Good?
This is an extraordinary sandbox game that works so well thanks to smooth controls, attractive graphics, and a ton of things to do before you're bored. Want to unleash your giant in Rampage mode for Pocket Build+? Sure. Build an enormous castle to sit atop to view an ocean when the day turns to night? Why not? Build out your farm to produce crops, manage a Wild West town or a snowy village populated by log cabins and pine trees? Of course. Make a factory that produces donuts? Yep. It's all possible. Because it helps players think three-dimensionally with cause-and-effect between resource management and building options ("if this, then that" mechanics), parents and educators should also welcome this game. The joy of Pocket Build+ falls into two key areas. One is the sheer number of options you have in which to play -- rooted in reality or fantasy, clean slate or existing location -- plus the weekly content drops, special items, and the ability to visit and clone other worlds. There's so much content that it's hard to believe this game costs only $5 per month for the Arcade subscription (along with more than 200 others).
It's not just quantity, but quality, too. The other part of Pocket Build+ that makes it a must-play sim is the balance and pacing between resource collecting and building, exploring in first-person versus eagle-eye top-down management (to make sure your people are working), adjusting the size and direction of your items, and more choices you need to make in order to create a one-of-a-kind world. Because of some added complexity, the game may skew a little older than, say, a Minecraft, but this added depth should be appreciated among those who want more out of this simulation. Pocket Build+ is an excellent A-grade game that's perfect for creators looking for a fun and gratifying way to spend some time on your digital devices.
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