A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What 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.
What's it about?
DIGIMON MASTERS ONLINE is the original Digimon storyline come to life in an online world. Players select a partner Digimon and grow and evolve it by battling enemy Digimon. Like other monster collection games, another primary goal is to collect as many other Digimons -- known as Mecernary Digimons -- as possible. As players and their Digimon level up, the Digimons acquire new abilities and forms. Players can also participate in player-formed groups known as guilds where kids with good leadership skills can shine.
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.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how games and TV series are often connected. Did you want to play this game because of the cartoon series on TV? Does playing the game make you want to watch the show? Why?
Families can also talk about setting time limits for playing games and balance between computer games and other activities. What's a good length for a play session? An hour? What about reading time or other games?
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