A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
The game is mostly about helping the denizens of the town with tasks. Sorting mail, delivering messages, and such.
Positive Role Models
The heroes of the movie, Rango, Beans, and Priscilla, encourage kids to help out, do good, and make friends.
Ease of Play
Everything in the game can be accomplished by mouse click and moving the mouse, and the tutorial is short and instructive.
Violence & Scariness
Considering the violence of the movie and the video games, the online world is surprisingly free of violence. Although clothing includes pants with guns in holsters, violence is seen only in the road-runner-type game where Rango is chased by a hawk and in a mini-game involving a flying saucer. The flying saucer explodes when it hits mines.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Not an issue. The female chameleon may wear a revealing top, but it's still a lizard.
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Considering the Western theme and the language in the movie, the online world is surprisingly clean with mild words like "whippersnapper" and "no-good reptile."
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Products & Purchases
The game is free to play and memberships are described only when the child clicks on icons. The memberships do offer parts of the game that aren't playable under the Free model.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
There is a saloon that kids can enter with their characters with bottles on the wall and the bartender asks what players want to drink, water or cactus juice (the movie version of alcohol).
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Rango: The World is a free to play massively multiplayer online game (MMO) that is set in the world of Rango the movie, just that it is a year after the events of the movie. The game is browser-based and while free, also has a paid membership option that opens up more quests and zones as well as cosmetic and character customization items. This MMO is far milder in terms of language and violence than the movie and the Rango video games.
Is It Any Good?
Rango: The World will appeal to kids who have seen the movie and also to those that enjoy cowboys and a Western setting. The game is surprisingly non-violent considering the movie and the Rango video games. In this world, kids take on quests, which are mostly of the collection and delivery kind. They can also level-up by playing the mini-games. Kids earn water, which is the valuable currency in the movie, by playing games and completing quests. With this currency, they customize their character with different clothing and buy housing decorations.
The game is not ESRB rated, but it is COPPA compliant, and has 24/7 moderator support with Game Masters (GMs) seen online -- often right at the point where you enter the game, to catch any inappropriate names. By default, kids can only create accounts on the menu-chat servers. A parent has to allow the account to use the filtered-chat servers. Kids can add other players to their friends list and see that they have friends on the various servers, and one of the social activities in this game is to throw a party and invite your friends to your house.
Online interaction: At account creation, kids may only play on servers with menu-chat -- what the game calls the "Super Safe Chat" servers. A link is sent to the parent's email at account creation for them to allow kids to use the "Filtered Chat" servers -- which disallow inappropriate words.
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