The famous story is that my father was an avid video gamer, but this was on the 1970s and 80s! After he passed away and we all had various video game consoles in our house, my mom said that he would have been blown away by the technology that was available in my childhood. And I’ll take that further to say that the technology NOW totally blows me away. My kids have no idea what it used to be like, but we thought it was SO COOL at the time. If we’re being honest, I still think it was cool. That said, Starlink: Battle for Atlas takes cool to a whole new level. And it’s perfect for kids aged 7-12 years old.
It is available on Nintendo Switch, PS4 and Xbox One, and we have Xbox One. We love this new action-adventure game. You assemble a custom starship that you mount to your game controller, and then take part in epic space combat. You can also swap the parts on your model and then your in-game starship will also change in real time. That was cool for Des to watch.
It was also awesome for him to be a hero. Not only a hero, but you can lead a heroic team of interstellar pilots to free the Atlas stay system from the Forgotten Legion. The modular toys are innovative in that they allow the kids to build unique starships which can be customized in real time for a new way to play. As they play, players adapt to overcome many challenges that they encounter in this open world adventure. The game content IS mature, but appropriate for kids 7+.
Here are some thoughts on Starlink: Battle for Atlas:
- It’s great for a child gamer who is in between little kid games and much older, teen video games.
Since it’s open world play, with many challenges, kids will not get bored with the game. There’s always more to do.
The environment is contained so that’s safer for kids. The variety of challenges and adventures are what kids and gamers are looking for, but there aren’t the unsafe interactions that are common in many other open world games.
One cool thing for my kids is to explore the exotic alien worlds of the Atlas star system. There are seven unique planets that each have their own ecosystem, wildlife and secrets. Even when you aren’t playing, the world evolves.
The wildlife was my kids’ favorite thing to discover.
The Starter Pack we bought includes a controller mount which allows you to connect your starship and pilot your controller. You can also mix and match weapons, pilots, and starships and it’s great for kids to watch it happen in-game.
If you want to play two-player, you can play with the split-screen local co-op and combine different loadouts to save Atlas together.
You can also purchase additional physical starship, weapon, and pilot packs.
It’s such a cool game because it’s a safe one that I can feel good about, and it’s fun to see my kids use their thinking skills to overcome obstacles. It’s like you can see the lightbulbs come on in their heads as they get better and further in the game. And it’s one of the greatest things I remember about playing video games as a kid. I love the learning. I think it transcends into real life too – as you are better about obstacles. Check it out here and tell me what game system you have!