A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
By playing, kids go on quests that reflect real world ecological issues. Part of the gameplay involves planting a garden so that kids learn how to help the planet be "greener." The bad guys in this game are rats who pollute and deforest. Your goal is to defeat the bad guys and keep them from polluting the world.
Violence & Scariness
You'll throw fruit at the bad PiRats to make them go away.
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While the game is free to play, a more robust experience is available for paying members. Membership is $5.95 for a month, $29.95 for 6 months, and $57.95 for a year.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this is a massively multiplayer online game (MMO). While there are two kinds of chats available, neither is activated until a parent consents to their use. On option is Restricted Chat where kids can only use a limited, predefined menu of phases to communicate. For older kids, parents can authorize the use Safe Chat, where kids can type messages limited to words from within the Emerald Island Safe Chat dictionary, which prohibits inappropriate language and the sharing of personal information. While free to play, the subscription membership offers a more robust experience including a wide range of parental controls. These controls allow parents to set the maximum daily play time within the game, restrict play time to specific hours of the day, determine whether their child can trade items within this world. For Earth Day, the game is partnering with trees.org so that when kids plant trees within the game, real trees are planted in the real world as well.
Is It Any Good?
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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