Game review by Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 13+

A somewhat deep role-playing game with character.

Windows 2008

Parents say

age 12+

Based on 8 reviews

Kids say

age 12+

Based on 9 reviews

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Community Reviews

age 11+

Completely Misunderstood

Ever since that big incident a few days ago in which a player decided to go and commit a crime, this source seems to be used quite often to show what this game is about. However, most of this information is not quite correct. For one, Mabinogi, as the slogan itself indicates, is a "FANTASY LIFE" game. Yes, there is combat in it just as every other MMORPG would but you'll spend 90% of your time socializing and most likely being a merchant to make money for fashion because thats a HUGE aspect of the game people seem to love. The economy works remarkably similar to real life. So, if anything it's a great lesson for younger kids in economics, teaching how you can successfully earn funds in a legal and safe manner. Regarding the violent aspect: the basics of combat in this game is comparable to an intensely advanced version of rock paper scissors in real time. And the sexual content? Well there's always a few perverts here and there on every online game. But in terms of content, it's quite child friendly. Sure, you may bring up the fact that when you unequip all your items, your character sprite is left in his poorly pixelated undergarments, but that happens in almost every MMORPG out there since it's logical. I rate this game for 10 and up in terms of maturity required for the content. However since it is about socializing, and most the players are usually within the age range of 14-25, you might want to wait until 13 simply because the community will have an impact on you if you like to hang out.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Easy to play/use
age 14+

A more up to date review

A rather solid and interesting game. Though it does require a slightly more mature minded individual or for younger audiences someone to explain some of the more mature moments. First and foremost, as an MMO, there were will always be people finding creative ways to by-pass any parental settings, so that is something to keep in mind. The game has a rather cutesy graphics style, and the general violence is about standard fare for a 12-15 year old children's cartoon. The game's story content however, is actually fairly mature, if one pays attention to the story. The many of the Generation quest lines are loosely based on Welsh Mythology (the Mabiogion) or some of Shakespeare's plays and feature quite a lot of matures themes, even if the game does try to downplay some of the worst actions. Also several characters (such as the lumberjack Tracy (a man)) have non-standard gender values. (the aforementioned Tracy enjoying wearing women's clothing (when not working), and the abuse he received growing up by other children ridiculing and making fun of him for it and his struggles with society vs his own sense of normalcy, though he eventually made it through. ------------------------- It's a pretty big travesty in the topics to discuss section that the best they could come up with was consumerism, when the game itself is so much more, and has a large variety of themes that could be discussed. (in no particular order) Murder, obsession, betrayal, revenge, suicide, paranoia, attempted rape, gender-confusion, love, death, religion, politics, learning and growing, alcoholism, mythology, literature, trade and barter. And probably several more i can't think of off the top of my head.

This title has:

Great messages
Easy to play/use

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