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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
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
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 & Scariness
Unlike many online game worlds, there is no fighting in this game.
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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.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Not an issue
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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.
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.
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