Nintendo and their PR firm Golin Harris continue to be a pain to work
with. Which has left a giant hole on the Wii U - Minecraft. A couple of
companies have been working on getting a viable clone on the Wii U. The
first one to enter Family Friendly Gaming Universe is Stone Shire. This
game has the look of Minecraft. Stone Shire has the feel of Minecraft.
To a point.
Players can choose from one of three biomes in Stone Shire. The three biomes are Desert, Forest, and Tundra. The area of these levels goes a nice height depth, width, and length. Please bear in mind Stone Shire is a ninety meg download, so it is not nearly as big as Minecraft on the Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3, PS4, or Personal Computer. I did not find any multiplayer modes in Stone Shire.
There are also no animals, monsters, or anything else living in Stone Shire. There are blocks, trees, and pickaxes in Stone Shire. The two things we can craft in Stone Shire are blocks and pickaxes. I was able to get two diamond pickaxes in Stone Shire in about five minutes. Why would I need two of them? One for each hand. Our Rayman like hands can dig, or dig with a pickaxe in them.
So with no animals, or monsters I found little to do in Stone Shire. I built a few things. I found the ceiling in Stone Shire. Jumped down and took no damage. Stone Shire does not have hearts in it. There is no damage taken from anything. I also did not find water or lava in Stone Shire. I found the crafting (double tap here, and then tap a number, and finally tap to do it) a bit clunky at first. I adapted to it quickly.
Once I built a few things in Stone Shire I needed assistance from others for ideas on what to do. I then took them through all I had discovered. The others really enjoyed digging down and finding caves. Having to stair step back up, or place blocks at the characters feet was not as thrilling. I also pointed out that we can not look directly straight up. Rotating around is how to mine a block above your characters head.
Who is Stone Shire for? Stone Shire is for anyone who wants to play a scaled down version of Minecraft without any of the living creatures. If all you want to do is mine and build then you should take a look at Stone Shire. The $7.99 price tag may be a bit hard to swallow though. I personally feel Stone Shire should be about half the price. Maybe it will go on sale in the future. I don't understand the ESRB rating since there is no violence in this downloadable only Wii U game.
- Teen Gamer
Family Friendly Factor: 70%
System: Wii U
Publisher: Finger Gun Games
Developer: Finger Gun Games
Rating: ‘E10+’ - Everyone TEN and OLDER ONLY
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