Parents' Guide to

The Tomorrow Children

By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Community crafting game has bloodless violence, boring play.

Game PlayStation 4 2016
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This game is fascinating and not much fun at the same time. The Tomorrow Children subtly examines Leninist ideals that see the community placed before the individual, and it does so in a bizarre world filled with semi-authentic-looking Soviet videos and propaganda posters. That it takes place in a strange kind of featureless virtual reality populated with doll-like clones and Godzilla-ish monsters only adds to its captivating mystery.

But once you move beyond this eye-catching veneer, there's just not much interesting to get up to. You'll start most sessions by taking a bus out to a dig site where you'll mine a little, and then head back to town to build whatever your town needs, perhaps stopping briefly at a treadmill to run and generate some power for the village or occupy a cannon turret to take pot shots at any monsters lurking nearby. You might get a thumbs up or down from one of your fellow villagers, or you may need to stand behind her in line to use the crafting station. None of this is particularly satisfying or compelling. And without much in the way of identifiable long-term goals -- or the ability to craft anything more than the limited set of objects the game provides -- there's just not much reason to keep playing. For better or worse, The Tomorrow Children is a lot like a real communist regime: Better in theory than in reality.

Game Details

  • Platform: PlayStation 4
  • Pricing structure: Paid (This is a free-to-play game with in-game transactions. But for the first few weeks after launch players will only be able to play by purchasing the Founders Edition for $20, which comes with a couple thousand Freeman Dollars -- an in-game currency that players must buy with real money.)
  • Available online?: Available online
  • Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
  • Release date: September 6, 2016
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • ESRB rating: T for Use of Alcohol, Violence
  • Last updated: November 24, 2019

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