A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Ekoloko is a massively multiplayer online game (MMOG) created for kids that teaches environmental awareness. It has some safety controls in place like "naughty word" filters. The game imparts positive values, and its mini-games educate kids on various parts of the world they can travel to. The game is free to register and play, but premium content requires a monthly subscription, and certain customization requires in-game coinage, which is earned through playing games or bought with real cash.
What's it about?
In EKOLOKO, kids travel a virtual representation of our world. As they travel, they meet characters of all shapes and colors. Some are other kids represented by avatars, while others are in-game characters who provide quests. Players learn about the ecology of different countries from the story and play mini-games that are themed around helping the environment. The game also engages kids through its blog, and there are other activities such as a school schedule and a sticker designer. Kids can communicate with each other using a drop-down menu or via moderated chat.
Is it any good?
There are a large variety of mini-games in this MMOG for kids and enough content to keep them occupied for hours. There are trivia games, memory games, and farming games as well as variants of casual games such as bubble shooters and match-3's. All of these mini-games are dressed up in environmentally friendly themes with activities such as helping in the glass-recycling factory or sorting items for recycling. Kids start out immediately with a home farm and a tent house, to which they can add furniture.
Although the tutorial is voiced, the rest of the game is not, so younger kids might need some help with reading. Older kids will find plenty to keep them occupied as they solve environmental problems through gameplay.
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- Platforms: Windows
- Subjects: Science: animals, ecosystems, energy, plants
Social Studies: global awareness
- Skills: Self-Direction: achieving goals, work to achieve goals
Communication: friendship building
Collaboration: meeting challenges together
Thinking & Reasoning: decision-making, memorization, problem solving
- Price: Free/$5.99 month
- Available online? Not available online
- Developer: Virtual Tweens, Ltd.
- Release date: May 31, 2013
- Genre: Massively Multi-player Online Game (MMOG)
- Topics: Ocean Creatures, Science and Nature, Wild Animals
- ESRB rating: NR for Not Rated
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