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Glitch

Game review by
Carolyn Koh, Common Sense Media
Glitch Game Poster Image
Fascinating, funky MMO creates topsy-turvy world; open chat.
  • Mac, Windows
  • Free / $4.99 a month & other options
  • 2011

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 1 review

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

Players get rewards for doing such things as petting pigs, watering trees, and exploring.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Players' avatars, vendors, plants, and animals are all fun to interact with.

Ease of Play

The barrier to entry is very low. There is some platforming action where players are required to jump from platform to platform, but otherwise, game controls aver very simple. The entire game can be played with the movement keys, WASD, spacebar, and mouse clicks.

Violence

This is a non-violent game.

Sex

Light sexual innuendo can be found in some text such as a butterfly asking, "What? No warm-up? No preamble? You just walk up to a butterfly with your clammy hands and try to milk it? You have a lot to learn about charming butterflies."

Language

Language is clean although the humor is adult.

Consumerism

The game is free to play and monetizes through the sale of credits for vanity and house decoration items and subscriptions. There isn't any overt advertising and there are several free customization/vanity items available for non-paying players.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

The in-game food and grocery vendors sell beer, wine, and coffee, and there is also a liquor vendor within the game selling cocktails.  Some drinks give mood and energy boosts, some give a mood boosts, and some take away energy. There is also a quest given to players to drink 12 beers, and an achievement badge awarded for being a lush.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Glitch is a massively multiplayer online game for older teens and adults because of its focus on adult humor and alcohol, and because it doesn't have privacy settings for kids. In-game vendors sell liquor and cocktails, and quests can involve drinking a requisite number of beers. However, for those old enough to play it, it offers a strange and funny art style and simple, violence-free gameplay. The game is free to play, although players can buy credits and subscriptions to use to purchase special vanity items. Chat is open and players can fill out a public Bio. The game can be accessed from any browser that is capable of handling Flash.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byTheSarah October 10, 2012

A great game, but there are some concerns for parents.

I think this is a very fun and creative game. One thing that parents should know about it is that you can get an addictive drug called no-no powder and when you... Continue reading
Adult Written byDataStream June 30, 2015

Game Shut Down

I never got a chance to play this myself; so I don't know how good it was. However, Glitch has been shut down as of December 9, 2012 (according to Wikipedi... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old October 29, 2011

glitch is ironically an amazing game

My new favorite online game. It had such depth that it allowed you to delve into, and the visuals were amazing and never tripped up even in big surroundings. Th... Continue reading

What's it about?

GLITCH is a quirky, non-violent MMO with \"different\" rules. Set inside the thoughts of eleven Giants who have imagined this world, it is a game where chickens are squeezed for grain, butterflies massaged or sung to before you can milk them, trees like to be petted, and piggies invite you to nibble on them to get a bit of bacon. While exploring this vibrant world, players will learn skills, create items, and perform actions in this world will affect other players. For example, if a tree is poisoned, it will no longer give fruit to other players.

Is it any good?

Glitch is a novel game and attracts a wide audience due to its varied art style and the myriad of things to do in game, from exploring the many different areas of the world that may look anything Japanese manga to surreal psychedelic landscapes, to learning an incredible array of skills from cooking to levitation to alchemy. The game is free to play and items that can be purchased with real cash are strictly cosmetic. Albeit unsuitable for younger kids due to the lack of privacy options and the focus on alcohol, Glitch is an elaborate, deep, open-ended game that will keep players occupied for a long time. Its originality reminds us of LittleBigPlanet, and it is just as fascinating in its quirkiness.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the need for Internet privacy. Why shouldn't you share personal information with strangers? What are you chatting about? Can others see your chat? 

  • Families can also talk about money issues. What is in-game currency? What do you have to do to earn it? Why you want to spend real cash on virtual items? How much does that special look actually cost?

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