By Erin Bell,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Superhero-themed Facebook game with positive role models.
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What you will—and won't—find in this game.
My Superkid's quests all involve helping others in need. Players come to the rescue in a variety of situations, including stopping a train that's about to hurtle off a cliff and plucking an injured animal out of the path of oncoming traffic.
Positive Role Models
The main characters are superheroes who save the world on a regular basis. You really couldn't ask for more positive role models.
Ease of Play
Gameplay is simple to get into, especially for players already familiar with Facebook games. Everything is clearly explained in tutorials. The mini-games require quick reflexes.
Violence & Scariness
Characters get hit on the head, and one of the mini-games is "Wack-a-Friend," where the goal is to hit friends' superkid avatars with a giant hammer. Quests frequently depict perilous situations, like a bridge being blown up or a building falling down. The violence is cartoonish and not graphic.
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Products & Purchases
Certain premium items can only be purchased with the game's premium currency, "Skycash," which costs real-world money. Players are encouraged through pop-up windows to "like" the game on Facebook, register an email address, and so on, for which they receive lucky draw tickets that enter them in draws to win prizes like an iPad 2.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that My Superkid is a simulation game played on Facebook. The game's superhero-themed quests contain positive messages that revolve around helping those in need. My Superkid is free to play but contains the usual Facebook enticements to spend real-world money to purchase exclusive items and enjoy gameplay bonuses.
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why is it for 13 year olds
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What’s It About?
MY SUPERKID is similar to the various pet and monster raising simulations on Facebook, but the difference is that you're "raising" a young human superhero. Players customize a male or female "Superkid" (complete with cape!), then complete quests that involve using superpowers (the game's equivalent of spending energy), collecting special items, and playing mini-games to ultimately come to the rescue of someone in trouble. Upon completing a quest, players get to watch an animated video of their avatar saving the day. Having other Facebook friends who play the game too is very useful but not absolutely essential to enjoying and progressing in the game. Once friends become "neighbors," players can visit each other's hideouts to collect treasures.
Is It Any Good?
My Superkid is a cute social game that boasts wonderful graphics and some extremely entertaining animations that help it stand out among similar titles. Players get to decorate a flying island with a variety of whimsical furniture and items grouped into themes such as Fairy, Magic, Roman, and Technology, then watch as the superhero runs, jumps and flies around it, even interacting directly with certain objects like hot air balloons and flying pirate ships.
Although the social features of My Superkid are rather tepid, there's a solid quest system that adds some structure to the game and gives players concrete goals to complete rather than simply amassing levels and loot. These great features, coupled with an overwhelmingly positive message, make My Superkid a game worth checking out. The game would certainly appeal to younger children, but since Facebook requires its users to be at least 13 we can't recommend the game to kids younger than that.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about qualities that make someone a "superhero." In what ways could someone be considered a hero even if they don't have superpowers?
Families can also discuss how it makes you feel when you help someone in need.
Talk about how to best manage video game playing time limits. In what ways does My Superkid try to entice players to spend more time in the game (like badges that reward days of consecutive play and rewards that expire if not collected in time)?
- Platform: Facebook
- Pricing structure: Free
- Available online?: Not available online
- Publisher: Plaxie
- Release date: June 1, 2011
- Genre: Simulation
- ESRB rating: NR
- Last updated: August 30, 2016
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