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Dofus 2.0

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Anime-inspired fantasy MMO with turn-based combat and chat.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Players learn teamwork, enjoy the success of overcoming challenges, and solve puzzles in this game. However, violence is used as a way of getting ahead.

Positive role models

Main characters are the class trainers. They are positive and encourage young adventurers to better themselves and do the best they can.

Ease of play

Game controls are simple and mostly clicks of the mouse. There aren't any complicated combinations of key strokes. The tutorial is easy to follow and hints and tips are available thoughout the game. Mouse-overs provide players with all item information.

Violence

Medium fantasy violence. To improve their characters and gather items for crafting, players have to kill other creatures in the game.  However there is no blood or gore and the cute critters simply fall over and disappear.

Sex

Some female characters can wear skimpy clothing and some text can be colorful but humorous, like a tailor saying "Look at that body on you!"

Language

Not an issue.  Language is clean and humorous although some humor can lean towards adult innuendo.

Consumerism

Although the game has a free area to play in, players are enticed to subscribe by the premiums that only come with the monthly subscription. It's success has also led to spin-off merchandise such as stuffed toys, books, art, and comics - although these are not seen on the website or in-game.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

An ocassional character, typically a village elder, may be seen with a corncob pipe.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this is a massively multiplayer online role playing game with open chat. A portion of the game is free to play and although players can spend some time just playing their characters in that arena, there is a much larger world thats open only to subscribers. As combat is turn-based and players have to activly enter combat, this is an easy game to pause and may be played for short periods of time. The graphics are very appealing and the game is Flash-based - which means that with a small download, it will run on low-powered computers running any platform - Linux, Mac, or Windows.

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What's it about?

DOFUS is a made-up name and the name of dragon eggs in this anime-inspired MMORPG. In this world made up of the stuff of legends, players journey in the World of Twelve (so named because there are 12 character classes to play) in quest of these eggs.Players kill creatures and complete quests to earn experience to make their characters stronger, and harvest resources to gain levels in professions.There are 12 classes which have their own unique sets of spells.The world is light and filled with humor, starting with the names of some of these classes, such as Enutrof's (Fortune)Fingers who are Fortune Hunters and get a bonus for rare drops from killed creatures, and Xelor's (Rolex) Hourglass, a class that can manipulate time. Players will find creatures such as Santa Jaws on Kwismass Island and Small Tofu menacing the populace, and examining an item by mousing over it may yield the description that it is a piece of wool from a Gobbly, used by tailors and by Enutrof Fingers to hide their bald spots.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

DOFUS 2.0 is the same as the original DOFUS game, but it has been upgraded in graphics, sound, and music. Now a full-featured MMO with combat, crafting, mounts, pets, trading, and even PvP (Player versus Player) duels, this world is huge, colorful and humorous. The graphics are anime-inspired and quite beautiful. DOFUS encourages exploration and some quests make you think.  A request for water doesn't tell you the where and how to find it, but the savvy player may try to click on a well to draw water, or may find it when they kill a creature near a water feature.

DOFUS is one of those pleasant surprises.  A much deeper game than the quirky name and cutesy graphics may convey, there is plenty to see and to do in the World of the Twelve. Because of the violence and open chat, it is best played by kids ages 13 and older.

Online interaction: Chat is open chat and although there is a profanity filter, it must be turned on.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the humor and puns found in Dofus.  Look at some of the names and spell them backwards.  Do you see what they actually are?

  • Families can talk about setting time limits when playing in a fun and compelling online world. How much time are you spending playing an online game as opposed to your other hobbies or interacting with your friends and family face-to-face?

  • Families can also talk about Internet Safety. Why should you not give private information such as your real name and where you live to strangers over the internet.  Do you think that the person behind that cute character is another kid?  Why?

Game details

Platforms:Mac, Windows
Price:Free & Monthly Subscription
Available online?Available online
Developer:Ankama Games
Release date:December 2, 2009
Genre:Massively Multi-player Online Game (MMOG)
ESRB rating:NR for Not Rated

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Kid, 11 years old May 30, 2010
Common Sense, for the first time I've seen, is wrong. First of all, they say there is no blood, they just fall when they die. Actually when you attack monsters or innocent animals, blood squirts out, and different enemies have different animations for dying. Some drop dead, and some fall into a bloody pile of bones, etc.. Also they said that drinking, smoking, and drugs isn't a problem, when there is a whole class, whom you have to specially buy, who's main attack is to get drunk and gain power. The class, a panda, can be seen constantly pouring what looks like moonshine all over his/her self. When it comes to language, they might not have gotten this far in the game, ,but a certain character in a required quest cusses. Not badly, but cusses. Yet through all that, it teaches kids to be consistent, and that sometimes things are even more fun when you do one thing, (let's say, one class or character) a long amount of time. I agree when they say it's easy and safe. Whenever you type a message that might contain any personal information they send a message saying this message can not be sent. The only way to avoid this is to put spaces in between each letter/number, so hopefully your kid is A, not smart enough to figure that out, and B, not motivated enough to try that hard. Also, some characters are motivating, nice, and good role models, as well as some are ugly, mean, violent, and terrible. You end up mostly talking to the nice ones, and fighting the bad ones, which depending on your view may or may not be a good thing. Turning back to language, a lot of parents are okay with one or two "d" words, and this is honestly all that is. After the first or second week, the language perfectly stops, after 2-3 hardly foul words. As for product placement, they constantly send text saying you should subscribe, spend fees after fees to be able to get new things, like pets, more clothes, that alcohol based class, and mostly tons of more locations. So that is not a problem as long as you don't let them have access to that kind of stuff (credit card numbers, etc., for they can take it with out asking) that's not a problem. The free version does go on forever, but honestly there is a constant craving to pay for new things. All in all, it's okay. I rated it iffy for 10 because there are those moments, and Dofus players probably no what I mean, but even 10+ is pretty fine. As for fun, I think it takes patience at first but then it's very fun. 8/10.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models