The Tomorrow Children

The Tomorrow Children is an online strategy game where you collaborate with other players to build, explore and develop communities. Unusually, it uses social economics and a Soviet Union-themed post-apocalyptic dystopia as the setting. You play a clone girl on a mission to rescue Russian Dolls that contain the lost human DNA and rebuild the population.



Mild Violence


PlayStation 5
PlayStation 4


Problem Solving


Co-Op Online
Asynchronous Play

Play involves exploring the world to find places to mine materials and find people to work with to transport them back to your home base. As you explore you discover the rules of the world and start to make progress in accruing the resources you need to expand your tribe. At the same time, you are provided tools to work by the state. There is also a black market for more powerful tools and special powers. You can craft items by completing mini-games.

From your central social space islands arrive nearby as time passes, a little like the fiction of the Faraway Tree. You visit these islands to get resources and items but only have a limited time before they move on. This provides a steady stream of opportunities to gain materials, but also new spaces to explore and work on with other players.

The game's visuals are striking and emphasise utilitarian technology and brutalist architecture. But it's more than visually unusual. It's unlike other games (apart from Sky Children of Light, perhaps) where you work for your own benefit, or squirrel away loot so you can survive in the future. You soon find yourself not only working with other players but working for the benefit of the online society you are part of.

Other players don't talk to you directly but appear in your game when they can help you (or you can help them) in various ways. Like Journey, the communication is nonverbal, but this serves to highlight the social connection created by the game. This makes it an online game where you aren't pestered or surrounded by other players and ensures a calmer, and actually more connected, experience.

The result is an online game that is unusually about helping other players. Because there aren't individual rewards, players focus on teamwork and altruism. This was true in its original release in 2016 and remains the case in the 2022 updated version of the game.

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Skill level age

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Although there are some complex systems in the game, it's a similar set of skills to play as Minecraft.

Content rating

Mild Violence

The Tomorrow Children Phoenix Edition is rated PEGI 7 for mild violence. The game features infrequent non-realistic violence towards human-like characters. Your character appears as a young girl who, when attacked by the Izverg, will make sounds of pain or fall to the ground, before getting up again. The girl remains lying face down when she dies and the player is prompted to respawn, at which point the girl sinks into the floor with a sparkling effect.


There are 15 accessibility features for
The Tomorrow Children

Balance Audio Levels
Play Without Hearing

Ping Communication

Multiple Buttons & Two Sticks


Clear Mission Objectives
Digital Menu Navigation
Menu Audio Cues
Menus Don't Wrap

All Speech Subtitled (Or No Speech In Game)
Large Clear Subtitles
Moderate Reading

Audio Cues for Visual Events
No Screen Shake
Outline Interactive Elements

Data by Family Gaming Database

Game details


PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4

Release date

September 6, 2016, updated in 2022

No. of players

You can play this by yourself or as a 10-player online game.


Creative | Strategy

In-game purchases


More information: Family Gaming Database


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