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BedWars Review

Posted: 5 months ago, last updated 4 weeks ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer, Jo Robertson and Ben Kendall.

OverviewOverview

Bed Wars is a game played on Minecraft servers. It's a game similar to the official Minecraft minigames but created by independent developers.

In BedWars teams of 2-4 start on separate islands with a bed. They have the aim of getting to and destroying the other team's bed. Starting with just a Wooden Sword you use a limited resource of materials to craft specific items and blocks with either defence or offence in mind. A large island in the middle of the map offers the chance to get higher powered resources to then craft more powerful equipment.

This simple premise leads to a game of cat and mouse, as each team tries to outmanoeuvre the other. This can be by quickly creating swords, explosives, teleportation or projectiles. Alternatively, players may focus on defence and create super-strong walls to protect their bed.

The game is considered to be high skill because of the combination of building, strategy and player-vs-player fighting ability. Although Minecraft looks like a game for young children, games like this (and other server games like SkyWars, Parkour, Spleef and Death Run) offer a high skill challenge.

In addition to these individual skills, you need to coordinate your tactics as a team. One player needs to look after the bed and build defences, another can attack the other teams and another can be responsible for finding and collecting resources.

You access the BedWars and other server games by adding the server to your Minecraft setup. BedWars is available on the HyPixel and Lifeboat, for example. There is a Bed Wars game on Android from Blockman Go Studio, but this is a spin off game not based in Minecraft and a different experience.

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 10-16 year-olds

Release Date: 19/01/2017

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S and iOS

Genres: Action, Fighting, Open World, Platform and Strategy

Accessibility: 31 features

Developer: Blockman Go (@BlockmanGo)

CommitmentCommitment

Duration: It takes between 10 minutes and 1 hour to play a round of this game. If the game is taking too long to finish, everyone's bed is destroyed to create a fight to the death.
 
Players: You can play this with 16 players online. There are four core modes, Solo, Doubles, 3v3v3v3, and 4v4v4v4. These modes follow standard Bed Wars gameplay but have differences in map design and prices.

CostsCosts

Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.  

You don’t need a platform subscription to play this game online. Servers that run Minecraft minigames like BedWars often sell players items to help them in the game or offer subscriptions for more features.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has been rated PEGI 7.
 
Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.

Although Minecraft is rated PEGI 7 and ESRB EVERYONE 10+, playing server games like this opens players to text chat communication with other players. Also, they will likely meet people and make friends with other players in the server chat. The server chat can get quite extreme because they are often run by young people.

The Bed Wars Android game is rated PEGI 7 for mild violence and ESRB TEEN for violence.

Skill Rating

10-16 year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Although you can enjoy Minecraft at a younger age, BedWars is very competitive and unforgiving. This, combined with the potential language content, means that it's better for those at high school. One mum wrote "But the best part of the whole situation is that this whole gamut of skills is being learnt through utter volition. She plays because she wants to. And when she plays, she practises these skills."

Account Rating

You don’t need a platform subscription to play this game online.

AccessibilityAccessibility

Depending on the server you play on the game and mechanics will vary slightly, but a constant is the focus on high performance and quick and precise reactions. As the rounds are time-limited, there is also a pressure to be as quick as you can.

If you have a screen reader enabled on your platform, Minecraft will automatically enable menu UI narration when the game is launched.

The Minecraft Launcher includes audio cues to help players navigate the login and launch experience. To enable audio cues on the Minecraft Launcher, use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+B. You should hear a sparkle ringing sound to confirm that the sound is enabled.

You can toggle auto jump to make it easier to get around and you can toggle crouching to be either a click or a hold action.

Most of the text in the game is large and contrasts well in menus, but sometimes text is overlaid directly over gameplay which can make it hard to read. Most servers will have a filter in place on the chat to remove profanity.
 
Our BedWars Accessibility Report documents 31 accessibility features:

Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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