Parents' Guide to

The Travels of Wiglington & Wenks

By Carolyn Koh, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Fun, travel-oriented MMO is full of historic figures.

Game Windows 2009
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Community Reviews

age 8+

Based on 14 parent reviews

age 5+
My Alicia LOVES it! She only plays while i'm watching FOX, though.
age 7+

Absolutely stunning.

Above all, The Travels of Wiglington & Wenks provides a safe experience for all kids. It promotes a message about treating your environment with respect. Plus, you can learn quite a lot from it. It's always comforting when I already have previous knowledge about a particular subject; I can participate in class discussion. The only concern I have is with the open chat. With practically no filter in place, kids can get around the blocked curse words by changing a letter or something. Of course, that's why there are mods to ban them.

This title has:

Too much swearing
Educational value
Great messages

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (14):
Kids say (13):

In Wiglington and Wenks, kids are regaled with facts as they travel to different locations in the world. The game will appeal to kids who love adventure and to kids who enjoy exploration and discovery games. Objects in the world can be interacted with by clicking on them and many of them are waiting to be discovered by a curious kid who is wandering in different geographic locations. These objects are then tracked in the kid's account on the website. Amusingly, kids are also mildly chided if they go around clicking everything they see.

The mini-games, which are found in every location, range from logic puzzles to memory match games, darts, and sorting games. Most are themed to be civic or environmentally conscious, but many are there just for fun. Competitive kids will like that the game hosts a top ten leader board that is shown at the end of the game. Kids earn rollers, which can then be used to buy vanity items like new outfits, pets, housing, and housing items. With historic figures constantly wandering around as characters in this virtual world, Wiglington and Wenks is solidly based on education. Kids cannot help but absorb historical, geographic, environmental, or cultural facts as they travel the world to help these misplaced historical figures.

Online interaction: Online interaction is not only in game but on the forums as well. The game has open chat but both the game and forums are highly moderated and filtered. There is also a Parents Forum where parents may interact with each other and with the developers. It is actually heartening to see how kids help each other and urge each other to behave well and to be polite to each other in-game. Parents can also request up to 90 days of their child's chat log.

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