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The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What 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.
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What's it about?
In RANGO: THE WORLD, it's a year after Rango the movie and Lars the chameleon has settled into his new name and role as the sheriff of the town of Dirt. Kids get to create a lizard like Rango and Beans and customize that character. They walk around town, exploring, speaking to various characters that appeared in the movie, and helping others by going on missions. Not all characters are in the game as of yet. There will be monthly updates to the game that will add characters and various parts of the world seen in the movie.
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.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about staying safe online. Why shouldn't you tell people you meet online your real name or where you live?
Families can also talk about spending real money in a video game. Why do you need to have a subscription or buy that particular item that uses real money? Can another item bought with in-game cash do just as well?
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