A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Little Space Heroes is a massively multiplayer online (MMO) adventure game that was created for kids 6 - 12; but younger kids can certainly play the game with a little help from parents or older siblings. The game is attractive with colorful cartoon graphics and upbeat music. It is filled with mini-games and other interactive activities tied around a story about rescuing small creatures in need.
What's it about?
The background story presented in LITTLE SPACE HEROES is that the friendly small creatures known as \"Glows\" have been kidnapped by Lord Shadowbot and Space Heroes are needed to help rescue them. The story is a device to get players to explore the world, learning to use a jet pack and bubble shooter, and navigate a space ship. The game sends kids out into this virtual world set in space to discover fun mini-games and other interactive experiences.
Is it any good?
LITTLE SPACE HEROES is a fun online game because it presents a colorful space-age world that is easy to navigate. By exploring the scenery, kids will find many built-in games. Clicking on a game console, a cutting board in a kitchen, or a rocket launch pad all lead to mini-games. Kids can personalize their gaming experience by choosing to be a girl, a boy, or an alien; and then participate in the usual activities found in a virtual world, such as playing mini-games to earn coins, decorating their houses, buying pets and clothing, and chatting using safe-chat or filtered chat. The game does a good job with keeping kids safe because it has 24/7 moderation and an easy method of reporting any abuse.
The lack of tutorials may create a bit of frustration as kids learn to do things and play games by trial-and-error. Some of the mini-games do not "save" - i.e. kids do not get any credit if they leave the game instead of seeing it to the very end, so parents might want to remind kids to stick with a mini-game once they have started it.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about online worlds and the rules that apply. Why don't we share our passwords? Do you know how to report inappropriate behavior?
Families can also talk about money online. What are gold coins used for? What do you have to do to earn then? Can you also buy them with real money? Why would you spend real money to dress up your character?
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