Parents' Guide to

Fiesta Online

By Carolyn Koh, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Starts free, but fantasy game has in-game costs.

Game Windows 2007
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 7 parent reviews

age 18+
Stay away this is a 18+ community with a lot of creeps

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
age 18+


I'm saying this as a former adult consumer of this game for a good 3 years plus. DO NOT let your child play Fiesta! Please, by all means, not fiesta. In fact, be very wary with them playing any online game, but fiesta I've been told by at least two other observers who played that game and alot of others, the problems I'm about to speak about persist there in unusual abundance. Probably because it is a cheap quality game on the outerskirts of free to play mmorpg's. I came to that game to escape life somewhat, cos life somewhat sucked. That was pretty stupid, I know. Things were about to get alot more stupid. I was a naive young adult about the age of 22. It was the first online game I had ever played. I wasn't really aware that many other games existed. So I found a brightly coloured 3D world online where many different people came and interacted in another reality stunning and amazing. That helped to pull me in. I say pull in because nothing was advertised as to what could go wrong with it. Far as the adds made out and I could see, it was a brightly coloured place with interactive features where you could socialise in a fantasy environment. Of course you'd be pulled in. It's a nice evironment without anything bad, right? And who wouldn't want that? What they don't tell you is that the game is set up to make money. Is that in order to keep up with alot of the main gaming features like players competing in fighting with each other or players competing in fighting with the monsters in quests and raids, you have to have money. Or in game money, to (against site rules) buy from someone else who has real money. Either way, lots of money, to buy lots and lots of items which you will NEED in the end to get somewhere or have any real fun. Unless you are mainly there for the socialisation. Alot of people are not. Fiesta has a pretty crap way over and over again of bad bad site service and staff service. Bad bad customer support and bad BAD ways of screwing up the already badly put together game to make it even MORE boring and hard to level doing the same repetitive quests while paying more and more cash just to make things go a bit faster. On average, from what I heard from asking around and my own experiences, I would say that the average spending of the players there (who played often enough to make progress) was around 30 to 100 USD a week. Through either their own cash or hiring 'gifters' who would spend their cash. And people put themselves through all that to keep up with the competition or to keep up with their friends. The network web of messed up played in the fiesta community would keep people playing and coming back. People would try to quit, I myself 'quit' about 4 times first up, but everytime I'd come back it would be because someone, a friend, would pull me back cos I'd miss them, and the good times in the community. Legel was the smallest, dying server. And everybody knew each other. The darkest things about the game though, were not in the way the game was set up to force extreme competition and to drain cash, or the bad customer service or even the dark mysterious way it would pull us back in when we'd quit from having enough. No, the community of fiesta is good and well polluted by now. At least in Legel, the server I came from. But I've heard others say other servers can be just as bad. Really bad, messed up people come online, along with just the misunderstood messed up ones, to escape the real world where they didn't make it, possibly because they are the ones who first landed themselves in a mess for a reason. Kids game? Ha. Please, when legel was a fuller server you would get whispered by pedos or creeps sometimes daily on a female character. People asking for cybers, which is sex in text and skype form. People hitting on female characters in dirty ways. The majority of the community I got to know where ranging from 15-30. Often in the 20's. Cybering happened there, alot. Dark people, with very messed up views on life, where often attracted to my more naive nature. I had a very idealistic view on how the world should be alot nicer. They preyed on that. Alot. Several in a row. I once paid off a debt from a somewhat underhanded trade over paypal for $1700 USD which was conned off of me through me simply TRANSFERRING the cash for the guy, not even lending it to him. The guy claimed to need my help for that, after befriending me for months. I didn't comprehend how someone could fool another for so long, as I'd never THINK of doing that to another human being. I've been emotionally abused as well. Over and over. By people pretending to be something else at first, then when I became loyal to them, abusively becoming the true opposite they were. One was my first male love, real love. He was a sociopath who convinced me he was perfect for me in every way. He pulled his plan off in a week, I feel in literal love with a mirage, not knowing it takes a decent 3 months to get to know someone and trust them, and took me on an emotionally abusive ride which was all for his sick entertainment. That's only two of the situations from which I obtained very real scars from people who flock to the net to fool you and VERY REAL advantage of you when they can't get away so easily with such horrible things in real life. It wasn't just me either. There were countless times I had to team up with friends from this game to help convince another person in an abusive relationship of some sort with some other predator that was attracted to the online world to get out of there! I have now quit Fiesta and all online gaming for good. I've started seeking help and reintegrating myself into the rest of the real world. Which feels great, and more natural. I admit, I made a huge mistake in hiding away in that game. But the psychological and emotional scarring I am now getting help for is great. And I'm telling you, fiesta is NOT a place for kids or anyone not interesting in risking their mental health or wallet. Actually, the community, mostly made up of teens to adults has a bit of a widespread intolerance for the child players.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (7 ):
Kids say (2 ):

Characters start off with crafting recipes available to them and gamers can easily play this game without investing any real cash to buy health potions and scrolls. Players looking for more than a hack-and-slash game will find things to do in this game like the crafting and harvesting as well as quests for acquiring those skills. Like many games of this genre, players will find Fiesta Online a "grind fest" where they must repeat combat behaviors so as to make their character more powerful, and that achieving levels above level 10 is hard to do. This is not to say that the game isn't fun and engaging, just that progress slows down very quickly. Players will also find that some classes seem to level faster than others. Many quests in Fiesta requires players to work together to succeed, and the quests benefit the town and the townfolk.

Like many free-to-play online games, Fiesta Online often employs in-game as well as out-of-game events and competitions to keep things lively and interesting for players, as well as frequent updates and added content.

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