Parents' Guide to


By Carolyn Koh, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Magical MMO where kids play as comical swashbucklers.

Game Windows 2012
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 9 parent reviews

age 6+
Kid friendly, funny, and good world building. It's exciting for kids and adults. I absolutely recommend for people of all ages.

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Easy to play/use
age 18+

Rip Off

It seems that you cam only go so far in the beginning until you get to a point where in order to progress in the game, you have to pay.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (9 ):
Kids say (18 ):

This game will appeal to kids who have played the previous game by this developer, Wizard101, as well as kids who enjoy pirate movies such as Pirates of the Carribean. Created for kids who may have outgrown the previous game, Pirate101 has a different combat mechanic and the more "grown up" concepts of guns -- although the game is careful to tell kids right from the beginning that they fire electricity. Kids will assemble companions that complement their character and fight with them. Combat remains one step removed as kids move icons of their characters on a grid layout similar to a chess board and the computer plays the combat.

Pirate101 continually changes and adds content like any MMOG, giving players more things to do. Kids can choose to create characters as either girl or boy, in a variety of skin tones and can design and color their flags, ships, and decorate their houses. There are also mini-games and activities on the website that kids can do other than fight. Parents will find this a fun game to play with their kids, teaming up with them in combat.

Game Details

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