I must say I never got into the Facebook game craze. I got so sick of getting Farmville requests or Mobsters that I was just about to scream. To me, they just seemed like games that wasted your time and had no place on Facebook. I thought Facebook was to keep up with your friends, family, companies and blogs...ehehehe on the blogs! I just didn't see what you could learn from them. The latest game my husband tried to play from one of our favorite TV shows basically wanted you to leave the app running and play itself. There was no real interaction, strategy or anything! Wow! I couldn't believe it.
So when I heard that ToonUps, a digital entertainment company that has focused on developing digital content that encourages a positive outlook and altruistic behavior for more than a decade, had just created a game that was hitting it big for women in my age group I was a little wary, at least until I was told this game actually had a social conscious! Then I just knew I had to give it a try. Let me introduce you to: A Better World!
A Better World, a Facebook game that rewards players not just for in-game activities but also for real world acts of kindness and expressions of gratitude, has soared to more than 120,000 players.
Popular with women, A Better World, adds a new layer of social activity to casual gaming. Gameplay activities are designed to help everyone who participates feel better about themselves, be supportive of others and make positive choices in their everyday lives. Players also can play mini games with inspirational themes; personalize their own characters and spaces in the game and play with and care for virtual pets.
The game offers more than 15 locations for community members to explore, including the:
•Department of Do Good – A place you can share real world good deeds you’ve
performed and see what other members of the community have done
Gratitude Grotto – A charming area where you can reveal what you are thankful
for and express your support for messages left by others
•Sanctuary of Hope – A building where you can communicate your hopes and
dreams and send encouragement to other players
•Arcade – A play area with uplifting mini-games to enjoy alone or with friends
•A new feature is the Better Pets Pet Shop, filled with adorable puppies, cute
kittens or even a magical unicorn
My Take: So I tried it out. Yes, this was my first Facebook game I've ever played and I wanted to see what it was really like. The game reminded me of the Sims. I got to create my own little avatar and I loved it. Yes, I'm a little vain and love to create little people that look like me! I even took a screen shot. See:
Now the hard stuff begins. That little room that my avatar is standing in is my house. It's pretty bare because you have to earn money to buy accessories to decorate yourself and your house. To do this you have to complete good deeds and vote for other people's good deeds. You roam around the fictional town of, writing about your good deeds that you have done in your real life. I thought it was cool to brag about the good things I do and to see the good things that others do. One of my favorite was "I paid for the person's food behind me at McDonald's". Wish I was that person! =)
This is definitely a game you should check out if you're an avid Facebook or computer gamer. Although I found it interesting I learned quickly that I just didn't have enough time to sit around and play it like I would want to. It is very time consuming but at the same time educational. It seems to be a mix of the Sims, Farmville and other games with a nice eco-conscious twist. Check out some of the screen shots I took of the game. The first is the community garden, then the Salon (where you can customize your avatar) and finally the town:
Disclosure: I was given the opportunity to share my thoughts and opinions on A Better World. I received a gift card as a thank you for my participation. All thoughts and opinions are my own.