A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
The game features two playable races in the world, humans and pixies, quests are mostly â€œassistanceâ€ type quests where players are asked to help the townfolk.Â All races and genders are equally playable in game, with no advantages or disadvantages to playing either race or gender. Players can make their avatar belch or fart.
Violence & Scariness
There is no requirement to participate in battles to advance your character.Â Fighting - known as brawling in the game -- is a choice.Â If you do choose combat, then characters can use swords, hammers, axes and magic to attack others. You will hear sounds of these battles including cries of pain. You will fight against other humans, insects, animals, goblins, monsters, and others.
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Menu-chat for younger children can be enabled, and strong word filters may not be turned off. Language is simple and at a reading level of about age 9. Quest texts are easy to follow. There is some humor in game such as the Brawler Trainer telling the RobGoblins "Get off my lawn!"
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Products & Purchases
Small ads on the front page inform players as to where game cards may be purchased.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this is a massively multiplayer online role playing game (MMORG) with safe chat and optional combat (with no blood). The game is free to play but children may wish to have special in-game items such as pets or fancy outfits that cost money to purchase. There is also content that is not free and it becomes available with a $4.99 per month fee. If parents choose to activate it, there is menu chat for young players. The game also has filtered open chat where the filters cannot be turned off.
Is It Any Good?
The website is like a social networking page where children can share their likes and dislikes, links, and messages. This, however, can be controlled by the parent. The choices for things to do in game are very broad. The child can simply run around, exploring the land, or learn a job by doing a task. Each job has its own associated outfit and the character is automatically dressed for the job. Combat in Free Realms is also a choice as well.
The world is massive and the quests or tasks available in any area are plentiful. Younger children may get confused when faced with so many choices; parents may want to assist or play along to provide a little focus. Because there is so much choice within the game, this game will appeal to kids, but adults playing with their children will not be bored. This is a game that can keep families entertained for many, many hours.
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