A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
The overall goal of the game is expressed as exploration and helping the denizens that inhabit the online space.
Positive Role Models
In-game characters are generally adults and they give missions that ask players for help. Kids are then rewarded for helping them in their tasks.
Ease of Play
Playing the game is accomplished by simple clicks of the mouse and WASD keys for movement. The camera is steady. The tutorial and tool-tips walk kids through the game.
Violence & Scariness
Players whack creatures to kill them for experience to advance in the game.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Avatars are young and cartoony looking with unrealistic body shapes.
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Products & Purchases
Kids can see the latest cosmetic outfits available, which are available by spending real money, but there is little push for them to buy them in the game.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that MILMO is an MMORPG (Massively Multilplayer Online Role Playing Game) that can be played either through Facebook or through the game's own webportal. The developer Junebud is based in Sweden, and the player base is international, with a fair population from Brazil and Europe. Parents also need to know that Milmo is a free-to-play game that monetizes through an in-game store as well as monthly subscriptions that provide bonus items, a discount in the microtransaction store, as well as member-only areas for subscribers. Although it is a web browser game, a small browser plug-in (Unity) needs to be downloaded and installed. This MMO is appropriate for kids ages 10 and up, but if kids are under age 13 (the age required for having a Facebook account) then they will have to play the game online from the company's website portal.
Is It Any Good?
The gameplay in Milmo is fairly generic, but actions such as switching to various other implements besides the sword, including the spade to dig or a butterfly net to catch bugs, add a bit of variety and quite a bit of fun. Kids also get to make choices in some quests about whether to help others. This is seen fairly early in the game when players must decide whether to help hunt down a sea monster or help the researcher to study it.
The look of the game will attract younger players, and the ease of the game-play is suited to kids as young as age 10. However, while this game can be played on Facebook, kids ages 10-12 should play it via the Junebud portal. The game continues to evolve, and as the developers strive toward country specific ratings and compliances, they'll also introduce more and more safety features and more transparency for concerned parents in terms of updated FAQs.
Online interaction: The game has been submitted for European PEGI and US ESRB rating and is not COPPA compliant, but has its own safety rules designed to keep children safe. The "bad word" filter is on by default and cannot be turned off.
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