Parents' Guide to

Avatar: Legends of the Arena

By Harold Goldberg, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Online fighting game falls below expectations.

Game Windows , Mac 2008
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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.

Game Details

  • Platforms: Windows , Mac
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Available online?: Available online
  • Publisher: Nickelodeon
  • Release date: September 19, 2008
  • Genre: Fighting
  • ESRB rating: NR
  • Last updated: November 4, 2015

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