Freaky Creatures

Common Sense Media says

Friendly duels with freaky-looking customizable creatures.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Duels are friendly and in-world Game Masters encourage and facilitate friendly behavior. Players exchange information and wish each other luck at the beginning of the duels and often call out "Lucky!" when their creature makes a good shot.

Violence

Cartoon violence. As a sporting events, freaky creatures challenge each other to battles until one is defeated. There are lasers and sword strikes, but no blood or gore.

Sex
Not applicable
Language

Children under 13 are limited to menu-chat and the free chat is subject to a strong language filter and human monitoring.

Consumerism

This is a collectibles game so it encourages spending more on the game. There are 10 creatures to collect that will unlock corresponding creatures in game. A starter kit comes with two creatures, the program, 50 random parts, 20 different powers, and 2 lair objects. Add-on packages at $9.99 contain a single creature, 25 random parts, 10 powers. and 2 lair objects. Monthly subscription packages range from $6.99 a month to $32.94 for a 6 month package.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Freaky Creatures is a collectible toy as well as an online game. Targeted towards young boys, you have to buy the physical toy as well as pay a small monthly fee to play this game. Game play is centered around dueling with another players and may involve some potty humor like fart gases. Chat is limited to menu-chat under age 13, and otherwise, there is a strong language filter as well as human monitoring. The site has live monitors.

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What's it about?

FREAKY CREATURES is a game where children collect and "train" their pets for battle in an arena. To play, you must purchase a Freaky Creature kit off line. Each kit gives you a creature along with parts, powers, and lair objects. Children then can "outfit" their creatures with head, back, arm and leg pieces, each with different values in life points (also known as hit points), damage, and five different elements – fire, ice, poison, physical and energy (represented by lightning).

Game play centers on challenges others to fights. Kids will select a lobby and their creature enters a world where other players are waiting. Here they can run around, check out the other creatures by clicking on them to see their levels and powers, and then decide if they want to duel. You can also just watch a battle already in progress, or simply hang out and chat. Apart from battles, kids can also decorate their creature's lairs and take care of their creatures by feeding and petting them. Creatures level by taking part in challenges. Experience points are gained even if they lose, but winning a challenge rewards the player with power and creature credits which are used to purchase in-game objects such as objects for the lair or pets.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Freaky Creatures is targeted at young boys who enjoy potty humor like fart powers which envelop your opponent in a cloud of poisonous gas. However, there are also two feminine creatures that young girls will enjoy. Combat is turn-based and players see exactly what powers are used and actions taken.

The game is fun and the strategy required in building a creature will keep youngsters entertained. Like trading card games, powers can be traded and these trades are found on the secure forums. The developers also boast COPA compliance and we found live Game Masters present online even at 11pm PST to monitor chat and ensure safety.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about competitive duels and sportsmanship. Why do competitors wish each other good luck? Is it sporting to taunt your opponent when he loses? Why do you compliment your opponent and tell him "Good shot!" when his creature does a lot of damage to yours in one turn?

Game details

Platforms:Windows, Mac
Price:$19.99 + subscription
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Abandon Interactive Entertainment
Release date:April 9, 2009
Genre:Massively Multi-player Online Game (MMOG)
ESRB rating:E10+ for Crude Humor & Mild Fantasy Violence (Mac, Windows)

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Kid, 10 years old Written byScorpiNi January 13, 2010
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Great site

I play it as Scorpazoid. It's awesome. No bad stuff but violent.

What other families should know
Too much violence

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