Boaki

Game review by
Carolyn Koh, Common Sense Media
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Colorful MMO world with many games, takes a bit to learn.

Parents say

age 6+
Based on 1 review

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

Kids playing this game learn to solve puzzles and learn teamwork as they work together to try to find out what has happened to the previous inhabitants of this fantastical world they are in. There is a consumerism theme in that kids are often reminded that they can purchase things for their in-game homes with coin that is earned through playing games.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Characters in game encourage kids as they play the game.

Ease of Play

The learning curve in this game can be on the steep side as kids are expected to explore and click on likely looking objects in the world to see which react; and they discover videos that teach them about the world they are in -- but it is not overt, you have to hunt for it.

Violence

Unlike many online game worlds, there is no fighting in this game.

Sex
Language

Chat is mostly drop down phrases with open chat only available for a limited time each day, and during that time, it is heavily moderated not only with software filters but live chat moderators.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Not an issue

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this massively multiplayer online game (MMOG) world is based in the UK and although not ESRB rated or COPPA compliant, it is compliant with the UK's own Child Exploitation and Online Protection laws. Similar to laws in the USA, no identifying information is collected from the child. The game is mostly free to play with some premium features that are available only to subscribers. Parents also need to know that the although the game is browser-based, a small download is required to play the game.  The "How to Play" manual can be accessed from the game's website; otherwise kids have to click around in the game to find the video tutorials.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byGuideBoaki June 19, 2010

Perfect for all ages from 6 to ...999 !

Yes your kid can play and be safety on boaki ! I'm one of the guide on this perfect game (for all ages !) and I can say I have so much fun being on it,... Continue reading

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What's it about?

Kids start playing in BOAKI by landing on a fantastical flying island that is their in-game home and it is as if they've been dropped into an alien world. They have to click around to interact with objects and learn about their home through these interactions where they will be able to watch short videos, and learn how to get to other areas of the world. Robots abound which make unintelligible noises but text pop-ups provide information and tips. As kids explore and adventure through the world, they are addressed as earthlings, reinforcing the fact that they are in a different world and their goal is to solve the mystery of what happened to the previous inhabitants.

Is it any good?

Targeted at kids ages 6 through 12, Boaki provides an amazing amount of content that is free to play, with a monthly subscription opening up premium features such as pets (piki), mounts (pitoo) they can ride and race, and member-only games, locations, clothing, and tournaments with leader boads.  The games are varied from simple clicking on bubbles, to exploration,to picture-matching/memory-type games, to spaceship races. As this is a game based on explorative play, kids who are modelling learners may find it incredibly intimidating ,since there aren't any tutorials to show kids how to play most games, or what to do when they enter the game. Kids who are familiar with online worlds however, will immediately know how to access the world by clicking on the Map, clicking on objects that sparkle, and running into doorways with a swirling graphic.

Online interaction: Interaction for the most part is through drop down menus except during hours where there is a team of guides and moderators in game and open chat is allowed. Open chat even with filtering and moderators can be iffy.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Online Safety and why they should not tell strangers their real names or where they live.

  • Families can also talk about Cyber Bullying and online behavior. If you don't push other kids around in the school yard, why should you do it online?

Game details

For kids who love MMO games

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