A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What 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'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 ...
- Platforms: Mac, Windows
- Subjects: Social Studies: cultural understanding, exploration, geography
Language & Reading: reading, spelling
- Skills: Emotional Development: developing resilience, empathy, moving beyond obstacles
Responsibility & Ethics: following codes of conduct, honoring the community, respect for others
Thinking & Reasoning: decision-making, logic, solving puzzles
- 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
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