Parents' Guide to

Pocket Build+

By Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Highly polished building simulation offers depth, breadth.

Game Apple Arcade 2022
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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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