Rango: The World

Common Sense Media says

MMO set in milder, kinder version of movie world.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

The game is mostly about helping the denizens of the town with tasks. Sorting mail, delivering messages, and such.

Positive role models

The heroes of the movie, Rango, Beans, and Priscilla, encourage kids to help out, do good, and make friends.

Ease of play

Everything in the game can be accomplished by mouse click and moving the mouse, and the tutorial is short and instructive.

Violence

Considering the violence of the movie and the video games, the online world is surprisingly free of violence. Although clothing includes pants with guns in holsters, violence is seen only in the road-runner-type game where Rango is chased by a hawk and in a mini-game involving a flying saucer. The flying saucer explodes when it hits mines.

Sex

Not an issue. The female chameleon may wear a revealing top, but it's still a lizard.

Language

Considering the Western theme and the language in the movie, the online world is surprisingly clean with mild words like "whippersnapper" and "no-good reptile."

Consumerism

The game is free to play and memberships are described only when the child clicks on icons. The memberships do offer parts of the game that aren't playable under the Free model.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

There is a saloon that kids can enter with their characters with bottles on the wall and the bartender asks what players want to drink, water or cactus juice (the movie version of alcohol).

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Rango: The World is a free to play massively multiplayer online game (MMO) that is set in the world of Rango the movie, just that it is a year after the events of the movie. The game is browser-based and while free, also has a paid membership option that opens up more quests and zones as well as cosmetic and character customization items. This MMO is far milder in terms of language and violence than the movie and the Rango video games.

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What's it about?

In RANGO: THE WORLD, it's a year after Rango the movie and Lars the chameleon has settled into his new name and role as the sheriff of the town of Dirt. Kids get to create a lizard like Rango and Beans and customize that character. They walk around town, exploring, speaking to various characters that appeared in the movie, and helping others by going on missions. Not all characters are in the game as of yet.  There will be monthly updates to the game that will add characters and various parts of the world seen in the movie.

Is it any good?

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Rango: The World will appeal to kids who have seen the movie and also to those that enjoy cowboys and a Western setting. The game is surprisingly non-violent considering the movie and the Rango video games. In this world, kids take on quests, which are mostly of the collection and delivery kind. They can also level-up by playing the mini-games. Kids earn water, which is the valuable currency in the movie, by playing games and completing quests. With this currency, they customize their character with different clothing and buy housing decorations.

The game is not ESRB rated, but it is COPPA compliant, and has 24/7 moderator support with Game Masters (GMs) seen online -- often right at the point where you enter the game, to catch any inappropriate names. By default, kids can only create accounts on the menu-chat servers. A parent has to allow the account to use the filtered-chat servers. Kids can add other players to their friends list and see that they have friends on the various servers, and one of the social activities in this game is to throw a party and invite your friends to your house.

Online interaction: At account creation, kids may only play on servers with menu-chat -- what the game calls the "Super Safe Chat" servers.  A link is sent to the parent's email at account creation for them to allow kids to use the "Filtered Chat" servers -- which disallow inappropriate words.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about staying safe online. Why shouldn't you tell people you meet online your real name or where you live?

  • Families can also talk about spending real money in a video game. Why do you need to have a subscription or buy that particular item that uses real money? Can another item bought with in-game cash do just as well?

Game details

Platforms:Windows
Price:Free / $6.99 per month subscription
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Funtactix
Release date:March 4, 2011
Genre:Massively Multi-player Online Game (MMOG)
ESRB rating:NR for Not Rated (Windows)

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Parent Written byGregInSpace June 6, 2011
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6
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Very good for a time

I really think this is an age-appropriate community, while being a fun adventure type game the kids will enjoy. The graphics are very nice and customizable. What I don't like is that you can only get so far for free and then you have to become a member. Get the kids addicted and encourage them to ask mommy and daddy to pay for membership, I don't like this business model at all when directed to children.

What other families should know
Too much consumerism
Adult Written bytomshepard March 26, 2011
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9
QUALITY
 

Really Fun!

I really enjoyed it!

What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Adult Written bykvn812 March 25, 2011
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5
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Awesome online flash game

The game is really set up for any age group, safe for kids, you see GM's in game all the time. The younger kids can't get onto the "filtered chat" servers where you can type, they can only get on the menu-chat safe servers. The characters from the movie are there, you'd be hard pressed to find anything that's violent or scary. Other great positives, it's F2P (free to play) and doesn't require any type of installation (unless you don't have Adobe Flash installed). Give it a try!

What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models

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