A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Pirate101 is a massively multi-player online game (MMOG) set in a fantasy world involving funny, friendly, and engaging pirates where kids sail their ships in the sky. There is combat in the game (with no blood) and the safe chat is designed for kids. Parents can choose the level of the chat for their kids, from menu chat to text from a "white list" of safe words to 18+ open chat. Parents also need to know that kids will be firing guns and cannons or using magic (called "hoo-doo") in this fantasy game.
What's it about?
In the same magical world of Wizard101, kids get to play cool pirates and sail their ships high in the skyways of the air in PIRATE101. Kids create pirate characters by answering questions and selecting fun choices that determine their background and choice of class. Then it's off to learn how to move, sail a ship, gain companions for fighting, and decorate their homes. Kids explore islands, learn about the inhabitants, and do many quests that allow them to meet more companions.
Is it any good?
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.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about pirates and why they are romanticized in the media. Are pirates really good guys or bad?
Families can also talk about fantasy violence. Does a game like this feel less real because there is no blood? Some of the weapons shoot electricity. Is that less violent than if it actually shot bullets?
- Platforms: Windows
- Subjects: Hobbies: board games
Language & Reading: following directions, reading
- Skills: Collaboration: group projects, meeting challenges together, teamwork
Thinking & Reasoning: decision-making, strategy
Creativity: making new creations
Self-Direction: work to achieve goals
- Price: Free / Microtransaction
- Available online? Not available online
- Developer: Kingsisle Entertainment, Inc.
- Release date: October 8, 2012
- Genre: Massively Multi-player Online Game (MMOG)
- Topics: Pirates
- ESRB rating: E10+ for Cartoon Violence, Crude Humor
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