Avakin Life

App review by
Amanda Bindel, Common Sense Media
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Popular with kids
Vast virtual world has chat with strangers, in-app buys.

Parents say

age 17+
Based on 110 reviews

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 75 reviews

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Ease of Play

Navigating avatars can be awkward, but chat and help features work well.

Violence
Sex

Avatars can be dressed in underwear or bikinis but don't do anything suggestive or sexual; however, chat feature is rife with flirting and suggestive comments.

Language

Swearing can't be generated by app-only users: Profanity is blocked, with words replaced by asterisks. Still, users find ways around that with suggestive comments and creative spacing.

Consumerism

Playable without in-app purchases, but access to full array of clothes, furniture, and destinations requires it.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Avakin Life is for users 17 and up and requires verification before setting up an account. Profiles connect through Facebook or email, and users interact with anyone else playing the game at the same time. They can add friends and then send private messages or openly chat with anyone in the same room or location in the game. Players can choose to be scantily clad, and chat is full of suggestive comments and creative profanity, since swearing is blocked by the game. The privacy policy reiterates that users must be at least 17 and specifies that any personal information shared in the game, including birth date and location, even through chat and private message, can be captured, stored, and used.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent Written byKlippie G. December 12, 2017

age restriction

I think this game should be for kids older than 17. Some players don't care who the other players are or what their age is, they just ask any questions, e... Continue reading
Adult Written byKarissa_K April 10, 2019

Avakin life is a haven for pedophiles. Beware!

This game is a haven for pedophiles. Kids are sexed up with provocative clothes and suggestive dances, and exposed to players of all ages, In a dating site form... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written byTord November 5, 2019

Great, but has some flaws.

I have been a member on this game for 8 months, soon to be 9 months, and let me just say that this game is very amusing! However, just like any other game or ap... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written bySavannah VonSchmidt May 28, 2020

The best but has some flaws.

I love this game so much and I play it a lot. A lot of people however are saying teenagers and kids shouldn't be playing this but I disagree. Yes there is... Continue reading

What's it about?

In AVAKIN LIFE users create an avatar, dress it up, take it out, and decorate an apartment to hang out with friends. This isn't kids' play, though: Adults meet up -- and sometimes hook up -- virtually. Users chat openly with others in the room or location or can add friends and message with them personally. Achievements earn coins and jewels that can be used to buy more clothes or possessions such as apartments and furniture, and players can use real money to access more gems and special features. Though in-game apartments are private by default, players can make them public so anyone can visit.

Is it any good?

This vivid virtual world is populated with real people, uses real money, and captures real personal data. The variety of scenes, clothing, and home items and accessories make for a a fun simulation, and moving the avatar throughout the virtual world is relatively easy. But beyond dressing up, decorating, and talking to friends, there's no goal or purpose. For adults looking to connect with friends or meet new people, Avakin Life is a fun virtual outing, but it's not for kids or young teens, as there are too many opportunities to interact with strangers, share personal information, and encounter adult behavior. 

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