Parents' Guide to


By Erin Bell, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Facebook game takes FarmVille concept to a new level.

Game Facebook 2010
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A Lot or a Little?

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

Community Reviews

age 11+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 13+

Nothing wrong with this one!

There's nothing wrong with this game at all. It's pretty fun, but definitely takes up a lot of time!

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
age 13+

If you're okay with sexual innuendo, even though some kids may not "get it," then I suppose it would be okay.

I would not allow children to play this game because of the sexualized comments when you post needing a particular item or allowing others to collect a bonus. Examples would be a girl holding two melons in a certain area, saying, "Look at Kelly's melons." Or a man holding a log a certain way in a certain area with a reference to 'hard wood' or 'how long is it'? In fact, I stopped playing becase I was tired of it and found it very inappropriate.

This title has:

Too much sex

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (5 ):

FrontierVille feels a lot like FarmVille 2.0. It's just as relentlessly viral as other top social games, with frequent prompts to invite friends, buy Horsehoes (the game's premium currency purchased with real money), and post updates to friends' walls. However, the gameplay feels much more like a traditional online role-playing game thanks to a greater focus on collectibles, badges, and quests that give the player specific goals to complete and introduce story arcs and new characters to the frontier.

The social features of FrontierVille are quite robust. Players can visit neighbors' homesteads to tend their animals and crops or clear debris, or hire neighbors to work on their own homesteads. The gifting of free items between friends is also essential in completing buildings and quests. FrontierVille can certainly be addictive; but the variety of things to do, coupled with frequent updates, gives players plenty of reason to keep logging in besides a simple compulsion to click on crops.

Online interaction: Neighbors are essential in FrontierVille, and players benefit from having as many neighbors as possible. Some items can only be unlocked by having a certain number of neighbors, and most of FrontierVille's quests have a gifting component that requires players to send items to each other. Although FrontierVille doesn't have a built-in way of adding strangers as Facebook friends like CityVille does, there is a temptation to ask for neighbors and items through online message boards, which can give strangers access to private info on your Facebook page.

Game Details

  • Platform: Facebook
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Available online?: Available online
  • Publisher: Zynga
  • Release date: June 1, 2010
  • Genre: Simulation
  • ESRB rating: NR
  • Last updated: August 30, 2016

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