Hello Kitty Online

Game review by
Carolyn Koh, Common Sense Media
Hello Kitty Online Game Poster Image
Cute MMO but with social networking makes it more for teens.
  • Windows
  • Free, micro-transactions
  • 2010

Parents say

age 9+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 4 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Hello Kitty asks the player for help and quests all ask players to assist the town or the characters. Many larger tasks are also cooperative and players are asked to help one another.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Hello Kitty's message is to bring joy to the world and all characters in game reinforce the ideals of helping each other to be happy..

Ease of Play

An intuitive user interface and a series of video tutorials that can be accessed in and out of game makes for a very shallow learning curve.

Violence

Although you have to beat on creatures in the game to get them to drop pet cards and other items, unlike most other games, that is not how you gain experience points and advance, Creatures do not die but fall asleep or are stunned, complete with Z's or stars swirling around them. However their life meter can drain while sleeping.

Sex
Language

Chat is open text with a strong profanity filter in place, so your experience may vary.

Consumerism

There is little in the game as it is still in open beta, but there will be an in-game mall that sells items for cash and on the website itself, kids will see links to Hello Kitty merchandise

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Hello Kitty Online is a beautiful and easy to play online game with the very cute characters of Hello Kitty and all her friends, making it an attractive game to younger kids, especially girls.  Although the content is ESRB rated E for Everyone, parents need to know that the website contains many social networking elements and provides kids personal emails, blogs and tools to make their own movies, and thus is more appropriate for players 13+ or who have the supervision of their parents. Hello Kitty Online is free to play, but monetizes through micro-transactions. There are two kinds of "currency" in the cash shop - one that is bought with real dollars, and one that is earned through social activity on the Hello Kitty website - such as posting on the forums, blogs and participating in various events. 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 9 year old Written bybbegirl April 8, 2010
There are a lot of mother/daughter players in the game today, it's a safe environment with lots of game masters and word filters there to watch out. The ga... Continue reading
Parent of a 12 year old Written byd7oom June 8, 2010
i think this gem is so cool and i will tel avrey body
Kid, 9 years old June 30, 2011

These tips can help you decide if HKO is an appropriete game.

I love it but it may be scary for some children. There is a monster called a Punch Bunny that punches you as an attack. Also, Melody's Grandpa (An NPC) smo... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old April 20, 2010

fafsa

I agree with you, bbegirl. Most kids under 8 can't read that well as for that would be hard to play. This is a fun game!

What's it about?

In HELLO KITTY ONLINE, kids get to explore Sanrioland and meet Hello Kitty and all her friends, traveling to cities like Sanrio Harbor, Florapolis, London, Paris, and Beijing. Kids will met popular characters like Keroppi, Badtz-Maru, and Purrin and help them out with quests and favors. Kids learn the various aspects and features of the game as they go along, including the various tradeskills like cooking, sewing, gathering, foresting, and mining. They also are able to keep and take care of pets, play mini-games, grow crops on their farm, and build a house. The game is linear as you have to complete certain quests before you can move further along.

Is it any good?

Hello Kitty Online isn't just a game. It has intergrated a social website into the game as well.  Kids signing up for Hello Kitty Online also get a personal Hello Kitty Online email and blog. By clicking on a friend's character in-game, kids can email them, or view their blogs and uploaded videos. In the game portion, there's plenty to do in Sanrioland. Unlike most MMOs where the gameplay involves killing, in this MMO, kids have to learn skills and complete quests to advance in this game. The little combat that there is consists of whacking cartoon characters until they are stunned or fall asleep; and the only reason to whack them is to gather materials from them for other tradeskills, to complete quests, or to collect them as pets. This is a refreshingly sweet MMO.

Online interaction: There are many Game Masters in game to guide players and create a cooperative and fun atmosphere, but the game has open chat which can lead to not so positive experiences.

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