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Eco (2018) extends the resource-collecting and building of Minecraft by introducing environmental implications to your actions. Using resources like trees will erode the soil; mining might pollute the river; and each animal depends on another.

In the game, the world is faced with an impending meteor impact. You have to research technology to destroy the meteor before it strikes without harming the game world too much by resource exploitation or pollution while caring for the land, sea and Skylanders ecosystems..

The world of the game is similar to Earth. It is a small planet consisting of dirt, stone, and several other underground resources. It also features different biomes like forests, plains, and rivers, as well as several kinds of plants to harvest and animals to hunt. The twist is that this is a multiplayer game. So rather than compete with others for resources, or to build the most impressive structure, as you do in games like Minecraft, you have to work together to save the planet.

This forces players towards a collaborative approach to the game. You must balance nutrition, gathering resources and avoid harming the environment. Cut down too many trees and you'll have air pollution. Pollute with too much technology and the sea levels will rise.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Eco 4 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 21 months ago.
Too complex for your family? There are lots of games similar to Eco. Here are some easier younger-rated games:

Play StylePlay Style

This is an Adventure and Creative game with Simulation and Strategy elements. You can play this by yourself or as a 100-player online game. You can play with up to 100 other people online. The develop sells schools packs of 100 games at a reduced cost so they can play together. How long the game takes depends on your approach and other players.

Eco is designed for asynchronous play, which means players can create a residence that invites everyone to join, and then even if someone joins the server while you’re offline they can play, so you never have to be online together to set it up.

You can play this game in the following styles:


Play Time: This game will take between 20 hours and 50 hours to complete.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

PEGI 7 for Mild Violence, Fear.
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.

Rated for younger players in Australia. Rated IGEA G.

Skill Level

10+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it’s important for parents and guardians to ensure they understand in-game purchases and have spending limits set-up. The interdependent world requires more skill to work in than games like Minecraft. Also, the themes of the game are more interesting to older children.


Eco usually costs £24.99.


Steam Store PC £24.99
App Store Mac Unavailable On Digital Store
There are the following additional costs associated with this game:
  • In-Game Purchases: Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.
You can buy Eco in multi-packs. This is designed for use in schools and educational environments. 
It's important to set up your accounts and devices appropriately. More information is on our Financial Resources page.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 06/02/2018

Out Now: Mac and PC

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Players: 1 (100 online)

Genres: Adventure, Creative (Simulation and Strategy)

Accessibility: 0 features documented (Tweet Developer )

Components: 3D First-Person, Blocks, Day and Night and Open World

Developer: Strange Loop Game (@StrangeLoopGame)

Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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