Common Sense Media says

Addictive game arcade with safe social feature.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

In many of the games, death and destruction earn you points. Juvenile humor in some games can be irreverent.

Violence

Lots of games involving fighting (punching, kicking), shooting, or war, but nothing too bloody or gory.

Sex
Not applicable
Language

Some snarkiness and irony, but no profanity.

Consumerism

There's are prominent ads on each page, including some ads for fast food.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

Some privacy concerns. Registration is optional. The site's privacy policy states that it collects personally identifiable information for users 13 and older; Miniclip does not store email addresses for kids who register with ages younger than 13. The site also uses cookies and beacons to track visitors' online behavior.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Miniclip is a popular gaming hub for middle school kids, and the range of games and the ease of play make it very addicting. As for the content, the action games (bombing, punching), sports games, shoot 'em ups (none gory), and political cartoons showcase adolescent humor, although some of the games are actually sweet. The site also has a social networking feature; to join, kids can register with a username, password, email address, and birthdate. The site says it requires kids under 13 to fill out a permission form to sign up, but that never materialized during registration. The social networking features are pretty safe, though -- kids can add friends, play against them in multiplayer challenges, and send them preselected messages only.

Parents say

Kids say

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

MINICLIP.COM boasts more than 300 games -- from puzzles to shoot 'em ups
to multiplayer challenges -- that will keep kids zoned for hours on
end. Most of the games can be played within a browser, though some need
to be downloaded. Visitors can register and create a "mini-me" avatar
and profile, then challenge their friends to games or send them
preselected messages. There's a lot of (juvenile) political humor on
the site, like an Obama vs. Hillary streetfight game -- choose your
candidate and taunt, kick, and slap your way to victory.

The focus on fighting and war gets a bit old, but there are plenty of creative games on the site -- like the awesome adventure game Cheese Dreams, in which you are a cheese moon running away from hungry space mice. Some of the super-simple games are the most addictive -- try tearing yourself away from Ping Pong, which involves nothing more than bouncing a ping-pong ball on a paddle over and over. The players section adds a fun, social element that kids have almost come to expect from websites these days.

Online interaction: Players can register for an account and challenge their friends.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how much time should be allotted for playing online games, and draw up some guidelines for balanced use.

  • Parents can ask kids what appeals to them about the site and ask how

  • they feel about the more violent games. Does "cartoon" violence make

  • less of an impression than more realistic media like videos or photos?

  • What message does it send when hurting people or animals scores points

  • in a game?

  • Families can also watch our video about online gaming.

Website details

Genre:Gaming
Pricing structure:Free

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Educator and Parent Written byeteacher2 February 12, 2010
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15
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surprise sexual content

I don't know how many people know this, but on some of the miniclip games there is "surprise" content when you reach a certain level. For instance in Boom Boom Volleyball when you reach one of the higher levels the girls who are playing volleyball become topless!!
Really not appropriate and it just happens there is no warning or anything

What other families should know
Too much sex
Kid, 10 years old Written bymagz1027 April 17, 2011
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6
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a great website

This is an awesome website!!!!
It's so much fun!
True, some games are a little violent, but otherwise it's great!

Kid, 9 years old Written byCASEYPARKER August 5, 2010
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8
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Boys Will Like and Girls Too

I like this website. It has a bunch if games that are really fun. Boys AND girls should really check it out. I find it very addictive, though (I barely had time to write this review LOL).

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