A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
There's no chat or trash talk. Instructions say 'Fight with honor and accept defeat with grace.'
Violence & Scariness
Fighting uses the elements of water, fire, and air: no blood. You run around a fighting ring, take aim at one of your four opponents and release a kind of potent magic spell. For example, with water magic, you could turn an enemy into ice for a while to make him lose his health.
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Products & Purchases
The game hypes Nick TV series, Avatar The Last Airbender.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this online fighting game is set within the Avatar universe. At the time of launch, it doesn't seem to have worked out all the kinks, so be prepared to wait for others to fight with. Players use the elements of water, fire, and air to fight others. Anyone can play this game -- meaning adults can be avatars as well as kids. Some Avatar forums feature adults who write they can't wait to beat eight year olds in this fighting game with some RPG elements. However, since there is no chat in the game, adults on the site cannot communicate with kids.
Is It Any Good?
There certainly have been some misconceptions about this game. It's not an MMO; it's a four-person multiplayer game. At time of launch, there still were problems with getting online and playing: you may just wait and wait and nothing will happen. There are no parental controls regarding limiting the length of time you can play. Nor are the matches ranked by level; a newbie can easily be killed by an old hand at the game, some of whom have millions of leveling up points. Plus, in Avatar forums, you'll see snide posts from adults waiting to defeat newbie eight year olds. Thankfully, there's no chat function to allow these older folks to browbeat kids, or worse.
You can see that there's potential in the game, but it's not there yet. Leveling up and buying new powerups with your gold looks like fun. And the fighting, when it's not slow, looks like something you'll want to play over and over again. Still, there's no way to minimize the game aside from closing it all together. Worse, there's no way to call up the instructions during play or to print them. They're fairly complex. You're supposed to be able to find super rare, super powerful powerups called Relics. But the instructions don't indicated how. Ultimately, the game has a lot of problems that need to be worked out.
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