Parents' Guide to

Emerald Island

By Jinny Gudmundsen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Eco-focused MMO in which kids' in-game actions do real good.

Game Mac , Windows 2008
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age 7+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 8+

perfect for ages 8+

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Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (5 ):
Kids say (5 ):

Emerald Island is a fun world to explore. Many MMOs can be confusing for kids, but Emerald Island eases this discomfort by providing cute, in-game movies that explain the game play and stationing many characters within the game whose sole purpose is to help you play. By exploring the minigames scattered throughout the world, growing vegetables to sell, and doing quests, kids earn coins to buy things in this virtual world which can include furniture for their home, and land in which to grow a bigger garden.

Most quests have an ecology message, and the economy within the game requires you to plant a garden, so kids will learn about ecological issues and how to grow different kinds of plants by playing the game. During the weeks surrounding Earth Day (April 22), in-game actions of planting trees results in real world actions of tree planting by Trees For The Future, so kids can do good in the real world by playing this game. While still a little buggy, this is an MMO that kids ages 6-12 will enjoy.

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