Parents' Guide to

Minecraft: Story Mode

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Interactive series is fine, more marketing than substance.

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Community Reviews

age 9+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 8+

I LOVE THIS BOOK!

This TV series is life-changing. Me and my kid used to have no soul, as we would just watch the office (UK) in our free time, but this tv series is the best think since the wire! I recommend this to everyone, as you will look through a new window
age 8+

An Awesome Way for Entertainment!

I watched this on Netflix, and I have gotta say that it is pretty cool! You get to make your own choices on what happens next at certain points, and based on your choices, something else will happen, and there are multiple endings! It is kid-friendly, like the game, and it is all about a group that works together to survive, which is a positive message, and Jesse and the crew are positive role models because they are kind and loyal to each other throughout, and they do a lot of problem-solving, which is based on the choices made by the viewers. The battle scenes are entertaining, but can be violent for younger viewers, and it is definitely something to view on Netflix!

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (4 ):
Kids say (41 ):

This show's unique format bridges traditional entertainment and interactive play that Minecraft fans are used to. You at home can't control the characters' movements or builds like in the game, but you can make decisions that alter what they say and where they go. When they're on a quest and have a series of locations to check, you get to select where to send them first. When one character poses a question to another (Would you rather face zombie-size chickens or chicken-size zombies?), you are the one to make that call. It's much like a Choose-Your-Own-Adventure book brought to the screen.

Minecraft: Story Mode may struggle to find a target audience. It's an obvious draw for established fans, but they have to get used to relinquishing control they're used to having in the game for it to be a winner with this group. On the other hand, viewers who aren't Minecraft junkies might find the pixelated animation, constant background soundtrack, and assuming gaming jargon (Overworld? Nether? Wither storms?) somewhat off-putting for a TV show. In either case, though, this series feels more like a marketing tool for the Minecraft brand than anything. If your kids want to watch, keep in mind that it's better for older kids and tweens than it is for younger kids because of language and a fair amount of violent clashes between the characters.

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