All around as you play are real-life neighbors from afar. You see them walk. You help them build. You chat with them online and read their comments in the forum.

Authors are rewarded with crystals, the in-game currency. With crystals, you power bigger stories with more moving parts. Groups can band together to make content, to earn more. Giving crystals is the means to say Good job, Keep going, and Thanks.

Tidepool's a friendly place for kids. With silly drawings all around, they feel free to draw their own. With coding smarts to explore, they can learn as they like, without pressure to perform.

And best of all, Tidepool costs nothing but time to play. An alpha version is now available for Windows, Mac, and Linux.