Sploder

Website review by
Erin Brereton, Common Sense Media
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Game design site promotes creation and sharing.
Popular with kids

Parents say

age 8+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 24 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this website.

Educational Value

Kids can learn how to build shooting, maze, and other games using online tools. The Physics Puzzle Maker is the best educational option; it doesn't directly address math problems, but physics principles are illustrated in the effect movement, material, and other factors have on objects. However, the site fails to really make a connection between making games and math and science. Users can post questions and game comments, but there also isn’t much opportunity for individual feedback. Sploder doesn't really try to connect the math, science, and creation skills learned to anything outside of the site.

Positive Messages

Good sense of empowerment for kids with mostly encouraging user comments. Games can be kept private so only friends can comment.

Violence

User-created game categories include "kill games," and some games feature shooting and electrocution.

Sex

Generally the user-created games and comments seem to be clean.

Language

Except some questionable misspellings, like a FUC3K and Bitch4h Fit username, inappropriate language is well monitored. Try and enter a swear word in a game title, and it'll be replaced with "BLEEP." "Hell" slips through the filters, but "damn" is replaced with "splode."

Consumerism

Ads for Comedy Central shows, online game design programs, and other items are on most pages, including the homepage.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that kids must register to save and share their creations on this game design site, but they can play other user-created games without signing in.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 3, 8, 10, 11, 13, and 16 year old Written byEliza Keaton August 15, 2013

Sploder's not just your average toy, but a useful survival kit for school subjects.

This is very good! It helped my 11 year old son to be recreative with his work, using puzzles and other widgets to make him want to do more. It's just like... Continue reading
Adult Written bysupermasterball2t April 28, 2015

school

i like it is geometry in the math slot
Teen, 14 years old Written byStargon February 2, 2013

A Great Site with Value!

Sploder has transformed me not just in potential but in maturity. The site gives you many options. I grew up with this through middle school. I joined when I wa... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old December 1, 2012

Yaya

This is a cool website. The most popular members make brilliant games, but these are difficult to make. There is a lot of spammers, swearers, hackers and online... Continue reading

What's it about?

Using several online tools, users can create and share a variety of games on SPLODER. The functionality is fairly easy to figure out; users can pick from prefab images or create their own graphics and drag and drop items into place. However, only two of the tools feature demos, so some kids may still find the game building process a little confusing, and instead opt to play, rate, and comment on dozens of user-submitted games; friend other users; add to their online profile; or post questions on the site's forums.

Is it any good?

SPLODER lets kids design different types of games using four tools. Some feature demos with usage tips; but younger kids may still find the game building process a bit confusing without help from an adult. You can also play user-submitted games -- the quality can vary, but there are dozens to choose from. The site has a few iffy aspects: Games and comments, for example, appear almost instantly once you create them, which could allow questionable language to be posted. However, the overall content is pretty tame, and Sploder gives kids a chance to be creative, then test and share the results. Just to be safe, though, parents may want to change their child's profile settings to block comments and the ability to friend other users, since it's easy to connect with strangers who have also registered.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how anything you publish on the Internet can be seen by the general public -- along with any profile information. What information would you not want to include in your profile? Would you list the town where you live, even if you don't include your real name?

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  • When you played some of the other games on the site, did you find them fun or confusing? What kind of directions would help your game be very easy to understand?

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  • You can drag and drop many of the game elements right onto the game you made, but if you look closely, you're working off a grid, just like you would when creating a graph in math class. Why did you choose to place the objects and other game elements where you did? If you were to draw your game on graph paper, how would it look?

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Website details

  • Subjects: Arts: drawing
    Science: motion, physics
  • Skills: Tech Skills: digital creation, using and applying technology
    Creativity: imagination, making new creations
  • Genre: Gaming
  • Pricing structure: Free

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