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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that while Playmobil Pirates is an enjoyable adventure game starring cute Playmobil figures, there is a lot of very un-cute behavior in it -- fighting, gambling, drinking, mild swearing, and so on. None of it is worse than what you might see on television, and most of it would be expected in a game based on pirates, but as a game based on a toy series that is generally aimed at much younger kids, the salty elements can come as a real surprise.
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What's it about?
Captain One-Eye, the hero of PLAYMOBIL PIRATES, is a down-on-his-luck bucaneer who witnesses the kidnapping of a mermaid by corrupt soldiers and vows to rescue her. He must then journey from island to island, hunting down pieces of a treasure map that will help him find Blackbeard's treasure, which he can then use to buy a seacraft powerful enough to take on the soldiers' warship. Along the way, there are many mini-missions, including deep sea diving, tossing life preservers to shipwrecked pirates, gambling with skeletons, and engaging in trading games to earn money. The sea is open for exploration, allowing players to wander away from the linear storyline whenever they want to.
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Families can discuss the ethics of a game in which authority is challenged by the "heroes." The pirates engage in criminal behavior, but they also perform heroic and selfless acts. The soldiers, who are normally seen as heroes, are here presented as kidnappers and thieves. Can we root for heroes who break rules and laws?
Parents can also talk to their children about gambling. What are the dangers of gambling? While it's possible to win big while gambling in the game, it's also possible to lose all the money you've worked to collect. Is gambling worth the risk? What about gambling in real life? Why is gambling in the real world illegal in most places?
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