Dragonica Online

Game review by
Carolyn Koh, Common Sense Media
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MMO in dragon fantasy world, with killing & open chat.

Parents say

age 9+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 3 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

Players help each other, team up against boss monsters, and assist townspeople by completing quests. The game awards points for cooperating.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Players are encouraged to better themselves and be heroes to save the world of El Grego.

Ease of Play

One of this game's strength is the ease of play.  A 3-D platforming game, the controls are intuitive, the tutorial helpful, and helpful information is available via a mouse-click or mouse-over.

Violence

Plenty of weapon use (swords, bows, daggers, cannons) and cartoon character whacking. Creatures, including sheep, wolves, walking stumps, racoons holding plungers, zombie skeletons, shark-boy pirates, can be killed by you and they die in what is supposed to be a humorous nature, but the animation may seem grotesque to some. For example, evil looking Sheep (accomplished with the eyes) fall on their backs, turn black and charred, have an X for eyes and the tongue sticks out - for a second or two before they disappear. A creature can be flung towards the player and a boken window graphic then appears on your screen.

Sex

Cartoon characters may wear bikinis, but as they are childlike and the female characters have no cleavage.

Language

Language created in the game is not an issue but in-game chat has the potential for offense because it is Open Chat with a strong word filter (which cannot be turned off). Naughty players can frequently find creative ways of bypassing the filter.

Consumerism

A "velvet rope" free-to-play game where players start off free but are enticed to pay the further they get into the game. The game does this by selling cute items such as space suits and chicken hats, and consumable items
such as health potions and teleporation scrolls for real cash. Players will always see announcements of new items available in the Cash Shop on the loading screen.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

There is some reference to drinking as this is a fantasy game where characters have alcohol in their lives, particularly if a character is an innkeeper.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this fantasy role-playing game is a massively multiplayer online game where children fight and kill fantasy creatures. Kids will wield a variety of weapons, but no blood is shown. When creatures die, it is supposed to be in a humorous nature, but some animations may seem grotesque to some. The game is free to play but monetizes by selling desirable items for real cash. There are no parental controls available and chat is open, although a strong naughty word filter is applied which cannot be turned off. Even so, kids may encounter bad language as other players circumvent the language filters. While the game is promoting play for kids ages 10+, given the open chat and violence, we suggest it is best for ages 13+

User Reviews

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Kid, 11 years old July 24, 2012

Sucky, stupid, and strait up boring.

This game can be played by anyone. People type bad things in chatbox but it usually attracts 7 year olds which means it happens rarely. This game is all out stu... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written bygolder October 30, 2009

What's it about?

Set in a world of dragons and magic, DRAGONICA ONLINE is a massively multiplayer online game where players can play as any of four fantasy archetypes: the Warrior, the Magician, the Archer, or the Thief. Each type has their own unique powers, weapons, and animation. In this world, dragons once ravaged the earth, but have now withdrawn to another realm. Players now train in case the dragons return. They play by completing quests, such as killing rampaging wolves in the forests, bringing firewood from little walking tree-stumps, or taking earrings from the Pirate Shark-boys that infest the waters around the cities. Players are encouraged to make friends and some harder missions require a group to complete. Battle is instantaneous and each special attack has it's own cool down timer. The game tracks things like number of attacks and kills during a play session to give bonuses like extra Experience Points and treasure chests.

Is it any good?

Dragonica Online is easy to pick up and play. Instructions are clear and information for the player is available by mousing over items or using the help file -- a journal that is accessible off the main user bar.  Movement, fighting, crafting are all easily learned and very intuitive. As a 3-D platforming game, players are able to move back and forth in a limited fashion as well as utilize jump-pads to leap from foreground areas to background areas. Graphics are soft but pleasing, with combat animations shown as unique and mostly humorous (warriors turn somersaults in the air when shot at by cannons). Kids will like that characters have emotes signs to make the game appealing. 

Features like owning pets and houses, cooking recipes, shopping in markets, and having friends add depth to the game. There is also a Player vs Player (PvP) system that is accessed from the game menu but is outside the game. There, players can choose from several game types and maps and fight against other players. Dragonica is free to play but monetizes in the fluff items like outfits and convenience items such as scrolls that will warp players to town instantaneously or health potions.

Online interaction: Kids can easily interact online on the forums as well as in open chat.  Children have to be 13+ to participate in the forums and in-game chat has a strong language filter. However, naughty players can frequently find creative ways to get around language filters.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about online Social Behavior and boundaries. Why should you not give out personal information online?  Does a character's behavior impact the way you think about the person controlling that character.  Do you think what you do in game reflects upon you as a person?

  • Families can also talk about in-game Consumerism. Free to play games are "free" up to a point as they monetize by micro-transactions -- the selling of small items in game. Do you really need to spend money on that Health or Experience potion when you can get them in game? Why do you need to have flashy outfits for your avatar?

Game details

  • Platforms: Windows
  • Price: Free + Cash Shop
  • Available online? Available online
  • Developer: THQ
  • Release date: September 1, 2009
  • Genre: Massively Multi-player Online Game (MMOG)
  • ESRB rating: RP for Alcohol Reference, Crude Humor, Fantasy Violence, Suggestive Themes

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