Great game, but NOT for young kids
For starters, I'm a teen that has been playing this game since the age of 13. In the 3 short years that I've played this game, I have learned the ins and outs of the game, such as how to attract NPCs to the village that you build and strategies you can use to defeat multiple bosses. I have also concluded that, while the game may be fun, it is not for young audiences.
The first issue I've found that cements this belief is the difficulty of the game. Sure, ALMOST all versions of the game have a tutorial, with the exception of the PC version, but it doesn't go any farther than teaching you how to mine and build houses. Secondly, the amount of violence in the game can be to much for younger children to handle, especially when enemies come at you in hordes. To top the violence off, enemies explode into a massive pile of gore when killed, which forced the ESRB to edit the Blood descriptor on the back of the box to Blood and Gore. Granted, the gore is pixalated, but it's still gore. Thirdly, there are some items that some parents may find inappropriate and/or offensive. One such item is the "Golden Shower." Another thing while I'm here, some dialogue may be inappropriate, as I have run into a piece of dialogue sexual in nature from the machanic concerning the arms dealer. There is also an NPC that wears bikini-type clothing.
Another thing that may keep younger players from enjoying the game is difficulty spike once you've defeated a boss by the name of "The Wall of Flesh" in Normal mode. This boss is usually hard to beat, as it's a hard mode boss in Normal mode, moves really quick, and usually takes a lot of preparation to pull off. Also note, the appearance of some bosses may frighten or disturb younger gamers, as there are several "gruesome" looking bosses (the eye and brain of Chthulu, for example.)
There is also alcohol use in this game, but is very mild in comparison to other games, as you only have ale, which boosts your attack output in exchange for lowering your defense.
One thing that families can discuss while playing this game is the conservation of certain resources and sale of certain items made, as some resources/items are hard to aquire, and once sold cannot be gotten back.
CHRISTIAN FAMILIES: listen to me on this one. Don't let your kids play this if they are under the age of 13, as this game also contains objects of the supernatural and occult. There is the presence of demons, as well as magic and 2 voodoo dolls (one for the guide, who you must sacrifice to summon the Wall of Flesh, and one of the Clother, which once sacrificed allows you to summon Skeletron again.)
Overall, it is a good game, but heed my warnings. Don't let anyone under the age of 13 play, and if you do, make sure they are a mature 11 or 12 year old.
Also note, there is online play, so be careful and know who it is exactly you are playing with. Edit: while doing a fishing playthrough, I aquired a bait item called the Master bait. You also get a dialogue drom the Dryad NPC when the Arms Dealer NPC is present hinting at the fact that the Arms Dealer flirts with the Dryad.
This title contains:
Violence & scariness
Privacy & Safety