What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this is a massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG). Kids play this free game online with other children with whom they can socialize through chatting online in the game. A strong language filter is available to protect children from unwanted language. You can marry (and divorce) other avatars in this game. Its compelling gameplay may cause players to lose track of time while playing, always seeking that next quick reward. Although free to download and play, the game can be expensive if real money is used to buy items in the online store. Some items such as pets are "hired" rather than "purchased" and after 60 days, will have to be bought again. Whereas items bought from the fashion shop are permanent.
What's it about?
LA TALE is a massively multiplater online role-playing game (MMORG) set in a fantasy world of sword and sorcery. The player creates a character in the class that best suits their gaming style; Warrior, Knight, Wizard, or Explorer.
La Tale is a side-scrolling game which looks and feels like a \"platformer\" -- a genre of video games where players have to navigate an environment by getting their characters up onto platforms. The gameplay is controlled mostly with the keyboard and characters will perform the animations of climbing, walking, swinging hand over hand, or swimming as the environment dictates.
Is it any good?
Cute and colorful in an anime style, this game is fun to play and easy to get into. Game controls are simple, tooltips are plentiful, and PC requirements low. Character development is not complex, although players would be well advised to read guides that are already out on the various skills and classes. Apart from exploring dungeons and killing monsters with sword or magic to earn gold (known as "Ely"), players will enjoy dressing their characters in a multitude of fashions. They will need to learn a single crafting skill, which is a nice social aspect of the game as crafters are dependent upon each other to produce sub-components or the final item. Another engaging aspect of gameplay are pets. Like players, they get stronger the more they experience, and kids get to watch them grow from egg to baby to adulthood. Pets provide different benefits to the player, depending on the type of pet you have, and they are bought from the item shop using money earned in the game or real money.
In-game mail, the saving of player location via "waypoints" for easier travel, and personal shops are new features recently introduced as well as an in-game marriage where characters can "marry" each other. This requires the mutual selection of a "mate" and "affection points" are earned by both hunting in a group together as well as logging into the game at the same time. Once the affection points fill up the "Proposal" bar, the players can get married and enjoy some in-game benefits, but as in real life, players can also get their characters divorced with related expenses and penalties. Easy to learn but complex enough to be challenging La Tale can be quite a bit of fun.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about social etiquette in online games. What is appropriate to say while talking in this kind game? What are the limitations of text communication? Parents can talk about team work and competition as the game features Player vs. Player arenas where kids compete against other players. How important to you is it that you win? Is it hard to play this game is small amounts of time? Would it help if you set a timer?