Glitch

Common Sense Media says

Fascinating, funky MMO creates topsy-turvy world; open chat.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

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

Positive role models

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.

Privacy & safety

Creates privacy and safety concerns. Players have to verify that they are 13+ to play the game by checking a box on registration and an active email is required for confirmation. Players have the option of filling out a public Bio with contact information. Chat is open chat and friends added with ease. Players can "Block" another player, but that means no Private Messaging or auto-following. They can still speak in public and you will see the text. The forums are similarly public.

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.

Parents say

Kids say

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?

QUALITY
 

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.

Families can talk 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?

Game details

Platforms:Windows, Mac
Price:Free / $4.99 a month & other options
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Tiny Speck, Inc.
Release date:September 27, 2011
Genre:Massively Multi-player Online Game (MMOG)
Topics:Magic and fantasy
ESRB rating:NR for (Mac, Windows)

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Adult Written byTheSarah October 10, 2012
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12
QUALITY
 

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 take it you feel great until you crash and then you have to take more or you die and go to hell. You always go to hell when you die (which happens when your energy gets too low) but you can come back to life. There is also a part of the game where you battle the Rook (an evil crow type creature) there is no violence but people can die and the Rook flys at the screen which may be frightening to young children.
What other families should know
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Kid, 11 years old October 29, 2011
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9
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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. The ability to make new friends was almost inhuman, and the outcome of the game was just amazing. The ability to learn skills was very fun, and it also enabled me to do new things, although I criticize the effect that Glitch users can walk around naked but censored. The best part? Auctioning, of course. I would literally buy everything off of there (or at least ingredients) and it would arrive in not even 5 minutes. I also love that AFLC frog that gives you your mail. I want to find that frog and buy it a beer. Step aside, Poptropica, and make way, Sims, because Glitch is the new MMO in town, and they've got a rootin-tootin fun time in store!
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much sex
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Safety and privacy concerns

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