Herotopia

Game review by
Carolyn Koh, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommend

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Online world where kids become heroes by combating bullying.
  • Mac, Windows
  • Free or $5.95 monthly subscription
  • 2011

Parents say

age 4+
Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 6+
Based on 7 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Educational Value

Kids can learn about geography as they chase a group of bullies around the world to thwart their villainous pranks. When arriving in a new country, kids visit famous landmarks, read Fun Facts about the location and the culture of the country, and learn some popular phrases in foreign languages. Additional learning comes from playing mini-games that cover spelling, math, and logic. Kids are encouraged to do good things for the community, including eco-friendly tasks. By working with others, kids learn to outfox the bullies. As superheroes, kids outwit bullies, learn geography, and practice good global citizenship.

Positive Messages

The game is about helping each other deal with bullies.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The heroes are kids who thwart the bullies. They guide kids along missions with clues and give kids tips about what to do with bullies at school.

Ease of Play

The game is played mostly by use of mouse-clicks, however, some mini-games may be harder than others as the game caters to kids from ages six on up.

Violence & Scariness

There is little violence in the game but some may be found in the mini-games. For example "Bully Bop" which is a variation of "Whack-a-mole," has kids bopping bullies on the head. The hit is depicted with the cartoon stars and graphic whirls around a character's head.

Language

Language is appropriate for the age group with simple text drop downs for chat and a little more reading involved in the mission text.

Consumerism

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Herotopia is a browser-based, massively multiplayer online game (MMO) that is kid safe and friendly. Chat is locked down to drop down text only, even for friends. Kids can sign up and play immediately, but if parents confirm the parental email that is entered at sign up, kids will receive tokens for in-game purchases. The free game provides a ton of content and mini-games that can be enjoyed, but a subscription at $5.95 a month will open up a member's area for play and other premium features like the ability to level up your character and to own a pet. Although not ESRB rated, the game has COPPA Safe Harbor Certification.

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bychocokat January 12, 2020
why is it gone
Adult Written byZoey B November 13, 2015

Herotopia Review

Herotopia is a game aimed at 5-10 year olds. The game's main focus is being a hero and solving missions. When you first sign up you have the chance of your... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byEnergy Hunter June 5, 2018

Good game for younger kids.

When I was little (a few years ago) this game was really interesting to play. All that I can remember is the fact that the game had that sort of vibe that you o... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byhuman1371 March 19, 2015

I've Seen Worse

There isn't that much to do. A good majority of the things you can do on the site require you to pay money for membership. For you to get your character m... Continue reading

What's it about?

The Bully Bunch has gotten out of control in Herotopia, and its up to you to be a hero and help keep the world safe from them. Kids will travel around the world and, in the process, explore by mousing over and clicking on objects. Some objects are housing mini-games, while others show fun facts. The daily mission also takes kids around the world, but they journey by solving clues to figure out where to go and what to look for.

Is it any good?

In Herotopia, kids choose to be a girl, boy, or even a baby. They then go on daily missions to help one of the Hero characters (in game characters) deal with the trouble-making Bully Bunch. With countless mini-games that range from car racing to spelling bees, there is plenty to do in this colorful online world. Kids get a small amount of tokens each day that they play and tokens are also earned by playing mini-games. With tokens, they can buy clothing for their characters, items for their house, and gifts to send their friends.

Part of the fun of playing in an online world like this one is that it's always changing and evolving as new areas of the world, missions, and games are added to it. The free part of the game still provides large amount of content to play and families can check it out before committing to a membership.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about bullying at school and among friends. Is anyone picking on you at school? Are you picking on anyone? What can you do about it?

  • Families can also talk about cyber-bullying and what it is. Do you think making fun of someone is okay?

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