Little Space Heroes

Common Sense Media says

Space-age MMO about helping others keeps kids safe.





What parents need to know

Positive messages

The background story sets the stage, asking kids to rescue small creatures known as "Glows" that have been kidnapped by Lord Shadowbot.

Positive role models

The "help" character provides encouragement and directions to help kids along their journey and players are doing good as they play.

Ease of play

The lack of tutorials in the game can be frustrating, but kids will find that they can play the entire game with the left mouse button.

Violence & scariness

A few mini-games have kids controlling blasters to get rid of alien monsters and space ships.

Not applicable

In the in-game shops, kids will find that things are limited to paying members, but otherwise, there is no covert advertising.

Privacy & safety

Very safe and private: Kids ages 13 and under are limited to menu-chat even if open-filtered is selected at character creation. Kids also have to agree to a short set of "play nice" rules and provide a parent's email for game activation. The game boasts 24/7 moderation and an easy method of contacting moderators by simply clicking on the big "M" button on the screen to report any infractions.

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.

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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.

Families can talk 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?

Game details

Price:Free / $6.00 Monthly
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Bubble Gum Interactive
Release date:December 14, 2011
Genre:Massively Multi-player Online Game (MMOG)
Topics:Space and aliens
ESRB rating:E for (Windows)

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Parent Written byGeoffC January 11, 2012

Well presented and cute

My 8 year old daughter played for hours - it is a extremely safe and fun environment with lots of cute features....highly recommended.
What other families should know
Great messages
Adult Written byjazzmonik January 13, 2012

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What other families should know
Great role models


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