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The Tomorrow Children Review
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Posted: 11 weeks ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer.

OverviewOverview

The Tomorrow Children is an online strategy game where you collaborate with other players to build, explore and develop communities. Unusually, it uses social economics and a Soviet Union-themed post-apocalyptic dystopia as the setting. You play a clone girl on a mission to rescue Russian Dolls that contain the lost human DNA and rebuild the population.

Play involves exploring the world to find places to mine materials and find people to work with to transport it back to your home base. As you explore you discover the rules of the world and start to make progress in accruing the resources you need to expand your tribe. At the same time you are provided tools to work by the state. There is also a black market for more powerful tools and special powers. You can craft items by completing mini-games.

From your central social space islands arrive nearby as time passes, a little like the fiction of the Faraway Tree. You visit these islands to get resources and items, but only have a limited time before they move on. This provides a steady stream of opportunities to gain materials, but also new spaces to explore and work on with other players.

The game's visuals are striking and emphasises utilitarian technology and brutalist architecture. But it's more than visually unusual. It's unlike other games (apart from Sky Children of Light, perhaps) where you work for your own benefit, or squirrel away loot so you can survive in the future. You soon find yourself not only working with other players, but working for the benefit of the online society you are part of.

Other players don't talk to you directly, but appear in your game when they can help you (or you can help them) in various ways. Like Journey, the communication is non-verbal, but this serves to highlight the social connection created by the game. This makes it an online game where you aren't pestered or surrounded by other players and ensures a calmer, and actually more connected, experience.

"The Tomorrow Children is a game about helping others with no specific individual reward," said Leon Hurley. "Instead everything you do betters the world you all inhabit. It more or less gamifies altruism, and in doing so brings out the best in people online - an environment not usually known for that."

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 06/09/2016

Platforms: PS4 and PS5

Genres: Open World

Developer: Pixel Junk News (@PixelJunkNews)

CommitmentCommitment

Duration: It takes between 45 minutes and 1 hour to play a round of this game. Sessions in the game can last an hour or so, although you could play longer. The online nature of the game means you could play for hundreds of hours in total.
 
Players: You can play this with 70 players online. There are up to 70 people in each town, although you only see them when they are doing something that effects you or the world. It's been described as a private multiplayer game.

CostsCosts

Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'.  

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

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 12 for infrequent mild violence. Not suitable for persons under 12 years of age. The game features infrequent non-realistic violence towards human-like characters. Your character appears as a young girl who, when attacked by the Izverg, will make sounds of pain or fall to the ground, before getting up again. The girl remains lying face down when she dies and the player is prompted to respawn, at which point the girl sinks into the floor with a sparkling effect.
 
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.

Account Rating

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

AccessibilityAccessibility

We haven't documented accessibility features for this game yet. Our The Tomorrow Children Accessibility Report details system-wide settings that may help, and suggests similar games with accessibility features. Tweet the developer (@PixelJunkNews) to let them know about our Accessibility Questionnaire.

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