Open-world game on iPad for young'uns.
August 18, 2014 4:08 PM Subscribe
A coworker's ex-husband's installed the iPad [Mini, though I doubt it matters] version of Grand Theft Auto (I'm not really sure where it fits in the saga) for their 6-year-old son. I'm looking for an age-appropriate alternative.
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The complication is that the young lad is on the autism spectrum with social and sensory issues...and did I mention he's 6? For him, open-world gaming is the only kind he really engages (so the mother tells me, but it rings true from the times I've met the boy). While GTA is a magnificent open world, it has (as I can attest as an adult PC gamer) a lot of casual violence even if one does not play the story-game (which he does not, reports the Dad).
I think he's going to have a bad time if he finds himself with a wanted level after some random encounter in the game; cops in that game shoot first and don't get around to questioning. His mother would just like it if there was less murder in his game. I know his father well enough to suspect that if there's a good alternative, he'll negotiate.
I'd love to come up with an alternative, but my knowledge if iOS games is limited, and open-world isn't my usual cup of tea so I don't know the genre's highlights in general.
Much obliged, as always, MeFi.