The Travels of Wiglington & Wenks

Common Sense Media says

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

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

The game is all about exploration and helping historical characters find their way home. An in-game  banking system allows kids to earn interest on the in-game currency that they deposit.

Positive role models

The main characters of the story, Wiglington and Wenks are two adventurous water rats that travel the world and have established a traveling academy to teach others about travel. They, along with their friends, encourage kids to learn about the culture of various geographic regions.

Ease of play

Easy to read and undestand instructions abound both in-game and on the game's website. All actions are performed with mouse-clicks. Objects and characters to interact with are indicated with glowing outline or a revolving question mark above their heads.

Violence & scariness

Minimal violence.  There is a water ballon action and a throwing game which yields a small splash but otherwise, there is no violence in the game.

Language

Not an issue although there is open chat, it is heavily filtered and there is no private messaging. Smart filtering disallows anything that looks like a phone number, address or website address from showing.

Consumerism

The game does make use of in-game currency as well as real dollars for players to buy items to customize their characters and houses.  Between loading screens, the location in game to buy these items is displayed.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this is an educational online game for kids with a monthly subscription. Targeted toward kids 7 to 12, this massively multiplayer online game features simplified history and geography information. Although not rated by the ESRB or COPA compliant as the developers are a Singaporean company, there are a host of safety features including smart filtering in the open chat, high moderation, and a parental administration panel where parents can monitor their children's play time. Parents can also request up to 90 days of their child's chat log.

Parents say

Kids say

What's it about?

THE TRAVELS OF WIGLINGTON & WENKS is a massively multiplayer online game (MMOG) based on a series of British children's books written by John Bittleston The books chronicle the adventures of a pair of water rat friends who travel the world seeking the magical maps of their ancestor. In the online game, kids create an avatar and learn about the current world we live in by exploring and traveling, searching for missing items by clicking on them in a "hidden object" game manner and helping misplaced historical figures such as Beethoven, Mahatma Gandhi, and Albert Einstein regain their memories by searching for items that are related to them, such as a piano for Beethoven. Along the way, kids play a diverse set of games that include logic puzzles, rhythm games, billiards, and even musical note identification.

Is it any good?

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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.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the various historical figures kids encounter in game and explore the history in more depth.

  • Families can also talk about environmental issues and geographical areas that kids encounter in game.

  • Like any other online game, there is always the possibility of negative encounters and families can talk to their children about online behavior and time limits.

  • Families can also talk about Online Consumerism Do you really have to spend real money to buy that particular outfit for your character? Will a different color that you can buy with in-game currency do?

Game details

Platforms:Windows
Price:$5.99 monthly
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Mediafreaks, Ltd.
Release date:December 24, 2009
Genre:Massively Multi-player Online Game (MMOG)
ESRB rating:NR for Not Rated (Windows)

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Kid, 11 years old February 9, 2010
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8
QUALITY
 
I give it 4 stars. you can learn about historical people, chat with other people (filtered) travel around the world wear costumes, and much more! the problems are minor but noticable. people have been getting past the filters lately. like this person i met the other day, bms, who kept asking boys out. that seems harmless but really he was a boy too. also people are using replacment swears. so overall its a 'Great game with minor flaws'
What other families should know
Too much consumerism
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Adult Written byMyoMyo January 25, 2010
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7
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perfect for everyone!

Love it.. excellent animation graphics!
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Teen, 15 years old Written byDoppleSnapper January 26, 2010
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7
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i'm a quest traveler ^_^

I play lots of other virtual worlds like cp, cho, gaiga, w101 and webo. But wiglington and wenks is my most favorite virtual world because you can do a lot of things even if you're not a member. It's frustrating because in other virtual worlds, the most you can do as a non-member is to sign up, you can't buy clothes or anything. But in WW, you get a lot of things even if you're not a member---but my mom bought me membership last month when I asked her to play WW, hehehe. She loved it! LOL! I love the graphics of this game and I get to learn a lot too because the quests instruct me to find historical people and some items relevant to them. I also collect a lot of other items and I can read descriptions of them through my own WIKI. I like it that I get to meet live moderators and even the staff log in and they're all so nice and friendly. WW rocks! Hope they release new locations soon! Currently, have madagascar, amazon, pirate's den, great barrier reef, grand canyon, singapore and wiglington town--did i forget anything? But i think they will be releasing egypt soon coz i saw the egypt costumes. @_@
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models

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