Harvest: Massive Encounter

LQ: 8.8

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Brain grade: 9.0
Fun score: 8.5

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Game Type: ESRB Rating: N/A Platform/Console: , , LWK Recommended Age: 10+ Thinking Skills Used: ,

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In this strategy defense game, players start off with a small base and a limited amount of money, which is used to set up initial defenses and begin mining for resources. From there, players defend the base against waves of invading aliens, gradually earning more resources for building fortifications. Defensive units include lasers and turrets, plus more. Lasers can even be combined to create bigger, more powerful attack beams. The waves of aliens grow larger and larger, so players must continually balance resource gathering with protection. The game features violence in the form of attacking towers that can shoot lasers and other firearms to destroy enemy forces, and mastering the complex game mechanics may be too difficult for younger players, so it is only recommended to kids ages 10 and up.


This Game is Good for Kids Who Need Help With:

Organization

Arranging and coordinating materials and activities in order to complete a task.

The player in this game needs to use her Organization skills to manage units and resources, making sure to arrange defensive untis in a way that bars the invading force from impeding the gathering of resources. The resources collected are used to buy more defensive units, like lasers and attack turrets, which are used to keep invading alien forces from stopping her resource collecting. If the player fails to create a strong defense by logically organizing her untis, the invaders could break through the poor fortifications and stop the player from collecting more resources. This in turn stops the creation of new units, which most certainly spells defeat.

Flexibility

Adapting and adjusting to changing conditions and expectations.

In order to be successful in the game, the player must strike a balance between defending her territory and harvesting resources. Her only money to build defenses or expand her territory comes from harvesting her resources. However, if she is too invested in resource gathering, she will fail to defend against incoming swarms of enemies. Ignoring harvesting and only defending the land can be equally detrimental, as doing so will quickly deplete resources and leave the player without the funds needed to buy more units. By being flexible in her approach, the player can balance out these two factors simultaneously, continually harvesting resources while ensuring a strong defense.

Additionally, the game offers 5 different modes of play -- Normal, Wave, Insane, Rush, and Creative -- each of which offers unique changes and demands differing strategies and new tactics to complete.

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