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Wonderbox: The Adventure Maker

By Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Ambitious adventure title lets you create, share games.

Game Apple Arcade 2021
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While there's a limited amount of content in the four story-based campaigns (so far), the Discover mode is packed with extraordinarily good games made by other players. Add in the fact that there are tools to make and share your own games, mostly family-friendly content, and solid multiplayer support (which works smoothly), and Wonderbox: The Adventure Maker is simply one of the best Apple Arcade titles. It also encourages all players to get their hands in there and try to make something new with the Create mode. It's not pushing the boundaries of the third-person action/adventure genre much, but there's variety of gameplay in the various campaigns, and you need to think in 3D to rotate the worlds to navigate around each level. The developers did a great job with pacing and layering in the different weapons and gadgets you need to finish the stages. Unlocking new avatar items keeps you glued during the campaigns, and it's fun to join others and set out on quests together. But again, the real meat here is the Discover section, featuring content made by others, with highlights like the atmospheric platformer Fair De Mars and Shifting Pyramid (both made by the same developer as this game), the towering Tree Castle (which includes hidden surprises) by Helyar, and the tougher puzzler The Enigma in the Leaves, by Cube Intuit.

You can review and rate each game and report any inappropriate content. Created with the Unreal Engine, the character models, environments, and objects are all in high resolution, while the classical music score is top-notch. Probably to keep the game international, characters talk in a kind of nondescript babble (like in The Sims), but words are presented in your device's chosen language. The developer deserves kudos for its work on the ambitious and versatile Wonderbox: The Adventure Maker, which will excite you to see the content others create using its in-game tools.

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