Minecraft

Game review by David Chapman, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 8+

Sandbox-style game with open online play fosters creativity.

Parents say

age 7+

Based on 308 reviews

Kids say

age 7+

Based on 1802 reviews

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age 9+

Best game created. No wonder it's so popular.

Younger kids may not know how to play, as WASD controls might be hard to understand, and they might get scared of mobs and not know how to progress. The combat is good, as mobs only flash red when hurt, and once health is depleted they die. In survival mode, without cheats, you'll die when your health is gone, and you have to keep the hunger bar up, or you'll starve. Hunger bars also heal you. You can respawn when killed. Only in hardcore, you play like survival; gather resources, fight nature to survive, but you can't respawn in hardcore. You can spectate the world or delete it. In creative, no mobs will attack you, and you can fly, and have infinite resources. No food or health is needed.

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
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age 4+

It's more than a silly little block game.

I've been playing Minecraft since July 2010, so I've seen most major updates for game. The game offers "Infinite wonders and endless possibilities" Minecraft isn't actually infinite or endless, but it might as well be due to the large amount of things you can do with the game. My favorite parts of the game are survival and hardcore singleplayer, and survival multiplayer. Minecraft may seem simple at first, but there are a lot of mechanics under the hood and there are ways to manipulate the game in unintended ways. Multiplayer is another big part of Minecraft, where I play on my private servers with friends and family. There are a lot Multiplayer servers, although most are private. My favorite is my private server and 2b2t, the oldest anarchy server in Minecraft is another experience altogether. In summary, Minecraft is a game that is definitely worth a try, and is more than a simple little block game.

This title has:

Great messages
Easy to play/use
8 people found this helpful.

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