What parents need to know
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.
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?
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?