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Star Wars: Clone Wars Adventures

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.

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.

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?

QUALITY

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:Mac, Windows
Price:Free / $5.99 monthly / micro-transaction
Available online?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

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Teen, 13 years old Written byRevewingmaniac June 20, 2012

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, 14 years old Written bypincesa February 3, 2011

IFFY

its ok as a game but i recomend parental controls. you can be "friends" with other players whom you dont know, however you can chat with them even if you are not "friends". pretty much the only problem i have is that one player said he liked me and wanted to get to know me better, and another was trying to pressure me into being his "friend" otherwise its fine.
Parent of a 6 and 8 year old Written byH2Clark January 18, 2011

Great game for my 8yo

My son loved this when it was free and we have just started this game as a paid player. It is $6 for the month and part of our "rules of the house." He still loves the game, and one of his favorite parts is his disco R2D2. We've made him sign a contract of the limitations of play and if there is any problems with school, behavior, etc. He can't play the game for a period of time. I wasn't ready for my 8yo to be playing online, but so far so good.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Safety and privacy concerns