BOTS!!

Common Sense Media says

A MMO fighting game with robots, fees abound.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Players can be mean in this survival of the fittest offering.

Violence

During fighting, Bots are hit or bombed and blow up.

Sex

None

Language

You may encounter some language during chat.

Consumerism

In-game ads appear for other games.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

None

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that while this online game is free to play after a download, it can cost more than a console-based video game. That's because upgrade items and robots cost between $6.50 and $10 for per year. Plus weekly use of a robot costs about $.60 to $1.50; and powerups, armor, and body parts all cost money. This is a fighting game in which robots explode after being hit or bombed. This online game also has chat, a feature Common Sense Media doesn't recommend for any children under age 12.

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Kids say

What's it about?

On the face of it, BOTS!! seems like a great idea. You can download the game and play it for free. You don't need a fast PC to use it. Plus, its a fighting game that doesn't include blood and decapitations. When you begin the game, you're told that the task of bots is to defeat other bots and destroy viruses inside your computer. Yet that's about all the story there is here. Even for a free online multiplayer game, that's little more than a pitch line. It certainly doesn't make for a compelling tale.

Is it any good?

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The idea of fighting others online with tricked out robots gets pretty dull after a few hours. Sure, there are three ways to play, player versus player, a team battling a larger, more powerful robot, and battles in which you blow up another's base of operations. And, yes, there are loads of upgrades for your robots, even robots you can purchase, er, rent for about $10 for a year. And, yes, it's a wonder to see your robot temporarily transform into a huge, powerful behemoth ready to wreak havoc on the opposition.

Another drawback is that the game doesn't present enough of the tougher "boss" battles. A boss like CodeRed, with his very strong whirlwind attack, is fun to watch and tough to kill. Almost as awesome is Blaster, with his larger than life gun and stunning jumping attack. Unfortunately, there's just aren't enough of these tough boss opponents. The bottom line is that this MMOG can be real fun for a while, it's just not that deep. You create your Bot. You get online. You throw some punches and some bombs or raise an energy field. You kill or you die. You upgrade your Bot. Then you repeat the same process.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the use of robots beyond MMOGs. Can you recall seeing robots in TV, books, and movies? Is there a similarity between the way BOTS!! grow and change and the way Transformers morph?

Game details

Platforms:Windows
Price:Free
Pricing structure:Free
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Acclaim
Release date:April 24, 2006
Genre:Massively Multi-player Online Game (MMOG)
ESRB rating:E for (Windows)

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Kid, 11 years old August 5, 2013
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9
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Very Good!

this game is awesome!!! i just started to play bots but my brother plays it and when i was younger like when he was 10 and i was five. he is very good at this game. i am too!! i recommend this to ages 9 and up.
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