Herotopia

 
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Learning(i)

Online world where kids become heroes by combating bullying.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The game is about helping each other deal with bullies.

Positive role models

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
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

Very Safe: This 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. Although not ESRB rated, the game has COPPA Safe Harbor Certification.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Herotopia (http://www.herotopia.com) 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.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • reading
  • spelling

Math

  • arithmetic

Social Studies

  • cultural understanding
  • exploration
  • geography

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • decision-making
  • logic
  • solving puzzles

Emotional Development

  • developing resilience
  • empathy
  • moving beyond obstacles

Responsibility & Ethics

  • following codes of conduct
  • honoring the community
  • respect for others

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Learning Approach

Support

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • reading
  • spelling

Math

  • arithmetic

Social Studies

  • cultural understanding
  • exploration
  • geography

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • decision-making
  • logic
  • solving puzzles

Emotional Development

  • developing resilience
  • empathy
  • moving beyond obstacles

Responsibility & Ethics

  • following codes of conduct
  • honoring the community
  • respect for others

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.

This Learning Rating review was written by Carolyn Koh

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?

QUALITY
 

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.

Families can talk 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?

Game details

Platforms:Windows, Mac
Price:Free or $5.95 monthly subscription
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Herotainment
Release date:May 25, 2011
Genre:Massively Multi-player Online Game (MMOG)
Topics:Superheroes
ESRB rating:NR for Not Rated (Mac, Windows)

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  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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Kid, 9 years old November 27, 2011
 

Only stayed for 1 day

Sigh, boring.
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Parent of a 8, 10, and 14 year old Written byIamASafeOne April 7, 2013
 

HeroTopia

My kids all think this is boring. So I remove one star, There is temptaions of memberships, so Consumerism sign. My 10 year old and 14 year old don't know how to complete the first mission. I don't think there is any dating , bullying, or name-calling. I see they have a variety of games, and your superhero can have any power they want. I have heard no issues of hacking either. I like how their enemies are ''bullies" so it shows to never be a bully! Positive message!
What other families should know
Great messages
Too much consumerism
Parent of an infant, 3, 9, 10, and 17 year old Written byMyNameIsBeaver April 20, 2013
 

Booooo

Ew the animation is ugly in their games, they have no other superhero outfits, so my kids confuse another superhero with theirs, other kids can look at how much money they have, friends, and level. My kids feel uncomfortable because of that, so I want them to at least have the option to remove the money and or friends. They don't find this fun because they can't chat freely, send postcards telling tohers what they do want to say, actually fight enemies, or have all kinds of superhero powers and gadgets without getting membership. They quit after a day of playing, Copies games like Moshi Monsters and Panfu.
What other families should know
Too much consumerism

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