A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Freaky Creatures is a collectible toy as well as an online game. Targeted towards young boys, you have to buy the physical toy as well as pay a small monthly fee to play this game. Game play is centered around dueling with another players and may involve some potty humor like fart gases. Chat is limited to menu-chat under age 13, and otherwise, there is a strong language filter as well as human monitoring. The site has live monitors.
What's it about?
FREAKY CREATURES is a game where children collect and "train" their pets for battle in an arena. To play, you must purchase a Freaky Creature kit off line. Each kit gives you a creature along with parts, powers, and lair objects. Children then can "outfit" their creatures with head, back, arm and leg pieces, each with different values in life points (also known as hit points), damage, and five different elements – fire, ice, poison, physical and energy (represented by lightning).
Game play centers on challenges others to fights. Kids will select a lobby and their creature enters a world where other players are waiting. Here they can run around, check out the other creatures by clicking on them to see their levels and powers, and then decide if they want to duel. You can also just watch a battle already in progress, or simply hang out and chat. Apart from battles, kids can also decorate their creature's lairs and take care of their creatures by feeding and petting them. Creatures level by taking part in challenges. Experience points are gained even if they lose, but winning a challenge rewards the player with power and creature credits which are used to purchase in-game objects such as objects for the lair or pets.
Is it any good?
Freaky Creatures is targeted at young boys who enjoy potty humor like fart powers which envelop your opponent in a cloud of poisonous gas. However, there are also two feminine creatures that young girls will enjoy. Combat is turn-based and players see exactly what powers are used and actions taken.
The game is fun and the strategy required in building a creature will keep youngsters entertained. Like trading card games, powers can be traded and these trades are found on the secure forums. The developers also boast COPA compliance and we found live Game Masters present online even at 11pm PST to monitor chat and ensure safety.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about competitive duels and sportsmanship. Why do competitors wish each other good luck? Is it sporting to taunt your opponent when he loses? Why do you compliment your opponent and tell him "Good shot!" when his creature does a lot of damage to yours in one turn?
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