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You explore island areas, collecting letters for coins that unlock more areas. There are 42 animals to save and then ride to new areas. There are also egg-collecting side missions to help the Kiwi. You gain coins by cleaning up litter and goop depositing them with animals that balloon up with coins like a piggy bank. This starts the journey of learning about saving which extends to the fundamentals of using a bank account, paying taxes and earning interest.
If Animal Crossing is a capitalism simulator, then Island Saver is its banking-based cousin. Games like this are good at helping teach children about the value of money.
Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Island Saver 3 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 8 months ago.
- In-Game Purchases: Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.
- Advertising: Smartphone or Tablet version of this game includes adverts. This varies in form but watching ads is often incentivised by unlocking additional content and progress in the game. Note that these are not covered by the age rating and may include older-rated content.
Natwest advertorial branding appears all over the game, associated with bank interactions and currency. Two downloadable expansions are available with the proceeds going towards the charities Special Effect and Young Money.
- Dinosaur Island expansion adds a new adventure with dinosaur animals and a new character Newton, who helps you use your money sense to help him escape his debt.
- Fantasy Island expansion adds Floating Islands with mythical creatures. You can also use your money sense to help Rainbow Catâs smoothie business get back up and running.
It's important to set up your accounts and devices appropriately. More information is on our Financial Resources page.
Release Date: 13/05/2020
Out Now: Android, PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One and iOS
Content Rating: PEGI 3
Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds
Genres: Adventure (Collecting and Simulation)
Accessibility: 23 features
Components: 3D First-Person and Open World