Star Wars: Clone Wars Adventures

Common Sense Media says

Sci-fi-themed MMO for kids filled with mini-games.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

The Jedi in the Star Wars Universe are constantly battling evil and kids are exhorted to improve themselves and work for justice and peace.

Positive role models

Many game characters are very positive. Most Jedi Masters are modeled after wise teachers. Mace Windu and Yoda are men of peace, but also fearsome warriors when the need arises.

Ease of play

All instructions come with graphical aids, and the entire game can be played with mouse clicks. Some games, such as Speeder Bike races, may take a little practice to master the controls.

Violence & scariness

The Star Wars Universe is about the battle between Jedi and Sith, so there is combat aplenty in games like Blaster Training, Tower Defense, and Star Fighter. However there is no bloodshed and only droids are destroyed. Light-saber duels are against humanoid opponents, but they are merely defeated, not killed.

Language

Not an issue. The default Safe Chat allow kids a "white list" of words to type. Other words show up as a series of characters, such as "#@$%%!!!". 

Consumerism

The game is free to play but gated. Higher levels of mini-games, premium mini-games, and some areas of the game world are subscriber-only.

Privacy & safety

Minor safety and privacy issues: By default, kids are limited to Safe Chat -- a dictionary of pre-approved words and combinations of words and phrases. An option called Quick Chat, which must be turned on by parents, offers menu-based selections of words and phrases. On the profile page kids can only use pre-populated phrases. These safety features ensure that kids cannot bully or harass each other online.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Star Wars: Clone Wars Adventures is a browser-based online game in which kids encounter other players. This massively multiplayer online (MMO) game is free to play but gated. Free players are known as Padawans and subscribers are known as Jedi. Subscribers will have access to higher levels of mini-games, some premium mini-games, costumes, and additional housing known as Jedi Headquarters. The game is COPPA compliant and parental controls include barring children from forums, locking kids out of the game, as well as the ability to choose either Quick Chat (menu-based selection of words) or Safe Chat (which features a "white list" of words). Every action in the Parents Account requires a parental password.

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Kids say

What's it about?

Set in the same world as the Clone Wars Adventures TV series, STAR WARS: CLONE WARS ADVENTURES lets kids create an avatar and mix with others on a star base with several rooms as well as interactive objects and characters. Some interactions launch a short movie cut-scene in which an iconic character such as Anakin Skywalker will urge the player to protect the universe. Other characters exist simply for color, such as a couple of Clone Troopers telling each other bad "knock-knock" jokes, or as a gateway to the mini-games that make up the the main content of the game. Players' primary objective is to win trophies by scoring well in the mini-games and looking cool with the pets and outfits they buy with credits earned in-game or purchased with Station Cash -- the game currency bought with real dollars.

Is it any good?

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Clone Wars Adventures is a browser-based game with excellent graphics. The mini-games are varied and fun, with some of them providing quite a bit of challenge at higher levels. There are tower defense, memory-matching, and spot-the-differences games as well as others that employ familiar elements inspired by popular casual games, such as Peggle and Bejeweled. Several games, such as Speeder Bike racing, are multi-player and allow players to challenge their friends. One of the most popular is Light Saber duels, in which the player depresses arrow keys as per onscreen cues and then watches the characters fight out the bout.  

There are 19 mini-games at launch with 13 of them free to play. More content will be added over time. The game starts off as free but the higher levels are subscriber-only. Subscription also provides some premium content such as additional games, special outfits, and pets, as well as larger housing that kids can customize. Free players are called Padawans but subscribers are Jedis and kids will see a large "Become a Jedi" button on the top menu bar. Luckily, the $5.99 subscription fee is relatively inexpensive, and most items are priced at just 25 cents. Station Cash can be earned by kids via in-game achievements, so it is possible to obtain "cool" items without paying real money for them.

 

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about in-game war and violence. Without bloodshed is the violence somehow less offensive?

  • Families can also talk about dreams and reality. Players can create an avatar and develop a virtual life, which may make some kids want to play in this digital world all the time. Parents may want to discuss how to balance the real world with the imaginary world, and how to set limits for game time.

  • Families can talk about consumerism as it pertains to this game. Why do you think that you can play parts of this game for free? Players can also buy stuff online, but do they really need to have a particular virtual outfit that costs real money to buy?

Game details

Platforms:Windows, Mac
Price:Free / $5.99 monthly / micro-transaction
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Sony Online Entertainment
Release date:September 15, 2010
Genre:Massively Multi-player Online Game (MMOG)
ESRB rating:E10+ for Crude Humor; Fantasy Violence (Mac, Windows)

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Kid, 12 years old January 6, 2013
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6
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Clone Wars: Adventures

The game is good for younger Star Wars fans, and fans of the (Not-so-new) TV series. They HAVE added "Combat Zones," where you must defeat CPU enemies with lightsabers, blasters, bow and arrows, spears and Gaffi Sticks. At first it was only Umbarans and Droids, then Death Watch soldiers. Both simply fall over when shot, smacked, slashed, etc. The filter is VERY strict. You cannot turn it off, although some people DO find loopholes (Dashing in-between letters, putting periods in between letters). The game does have bugs, but not many, sometimes you may try to play Republic Defender*, but when Commander Cody shows up on the screen, nothing will show up for you to continue, and you must exit the game to try again. The "Help Tickets" are how you can send questions into SOE*, and they will reply. To find an SOE* employee in-game, they will usually have brightly colored names, and names with "Counselor" or "Emissary" followed by a name like "Noatii" or "Event." The free-to-play option is VERY gated, and sometimes there is a sale where free-to-play members will be able to buy select "Credits" items. Finding people in game is fairly easy. There is a character search if you know the characters name. For example, I am "Yusanis Nightslasher" in the game, you could search me in the "Charater Search" bar in the top of the "Game Console" menu. One tip for the game: Don't assume everybody in armor with a T-visor is Death Watch, they are True Mandalorians, usually (Like me, Mando Darasuum!). They added Player Vs. Player now, your opponent doesn't even fall over. Also, as I forgot to add last edit, they have battle classes, that means FREE GEAR! You just have to play games and go to combat zones. Great addition, new gear comes out each week anyway, but you have to pay for this. Great game in my opinion, I still play it, I AM a member, but lifetime is not expensive only $50, where some games like Disney's "Pirates Online" cost $150. And some people say that random people will start asking you out. That's never happened to me (Of course, I DO look like an old man missing an eye, a leg, and I carry around an arsenal where I go). I have heard some people say that it has happened to them, mostly girls, and people chat some vulgar sayings (But there is the IGNORE PLAYER button, so if you get ticked off by people, just click on them, and then click the IGNORE button). Good game overall, good video, audio effects, and chat. The game recently added Felucia, a new Combat Zone and a new questing system in that Zone. The Zone may be frustrating to younger players, as the enemies are tougher to eliminate.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Teen, 13 years old Written byRevewingmaniac June 20, 2012
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5
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Sony dissapoints... Again

I don't say this much, but Common Sense was a few plums short of a fruit pie on this one. I'll start with the graphics. Textures are aliased and vague, and particles are basically yellow dots. Player models are also very aliased. This game is simply an outlet for Lucasarts and Sony to suck your money away. The game has absolutely no story or meaning, just that you are a jedi in the jedi temple during the Clone Wars. Don't bother with this one.
What other families should know
Too much consumerism
Teen, 15 years old Written bySnips March 29, 2012
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10
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Chat...

It's a pretty fun game. Gets a bit boring if you're not a member, though. If you can figure out how to turn off the chat, do that. My mom can't, so she doesn't let my little sisters play it. There are lots of teens cursing and saying inappropriate things, and it's pretty easy to get around the filter if you want. Another thing; if you're a girl, keep in mind that every other boy you meet will ask you out. Gets annoying after awhile.

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