A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Quests given in the world task players to keep the world safe. Players provide assistance in research and even rescue lost children.
Positive Role Models
There are scientists and other respectable adults in the world such as teachers. Kids assist these characters when they take on quests.
Ease of Play
Movement and combat are easily learned, but some of the other systems in the game -- such as evolving pets and player governance over small areas of the world -- are more complex.
Violence & Scariness
Players' avatars do not participate in combat, but their pets do. Weapons such as swords and futuristic laser pistols are used, but violence is depicted in cartoony (Manga) fashion. When defeated, enemies simply fall down and disappear. There is no blood or gore.
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Bad language has not been coded into the game, but it is set in an online world that allows communication between players. There is a text filter, but creative language could get past it.
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Products & Purchases
The game is free to download and play, but kids will see advertising for "specials" in the cash shop on the loading screen.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Digimon Masters Online is an online multiplayer game based on the popular Japanese manga cartoon series of the same name. It's geared for ages 13 and above, but will be attractive to any kids that enjoy the series. It offers a mix of pet-simulation and combat in a wide open world where kids will meet other avatars controlled by players of all ages. The game supports filtered text communication between players.
Is It Any Good?
Kids who enjoy the Digimon story, world, and games will likely love playing in an online world where they can meet and talk with other kids who are Digimon fans. The premise is simple enough -- use your Digimon to battle others, grow them, and collect Digimon eggs to hatch other Digimon. The game can be "grindy" as kids may have to do a lot to get the materials to hatch these eggs, and the process may fail, resulting in a loss of materials and the egg.
The good thing about this online world is that developers have been responsive to player feedback and the rates of drops and success have already been increased since launch. It is also ever changing, with new content added as well as various holiday events that keep the game fresh.
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