Toontown Online

Game review by
Jinny Gudmundsen, Common Sense Media
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The first MMORG for kids, and it's a blast.
Parents recommendPopular with kids

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 45 reviews

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 217 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

The game encourages you to work with others to accomplish goals.

Positive Role Models & Representations

You play as a toon who is trying to restore laughter and color to Toontown. You need to cooperate with others to accomplish this laudable goal.

Ease of Play

Very easy to play and the game comes with great tutorials.

Violence & Scariness

There is fighting but it involves throwing creme pies and using squirt guns. The humorless robots will blow up when too many gags are used on them, but it is done in an amusing and funny manner.

Language

Talking between toons is limited to a drop-down menu unless you exchange friend codes off-line.

Consumerism

There is a subscription fee of $9.95 per month. Some Disney advertising when you first sign on.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that at $9.95/month, this game is more expensive than most children's software, but it is constantly growing and changing. It offers a tremendous amount of entertainment that can be enjoyed over several months. Parents should monitor their child's continued interest in the program to determine how long they want to subscribe to the game. Many parents have enjoyed playing this online game with their kids. At times, other kids can be rude in how they use the drop-down menu phrases, or by ignoring or running away from you, but most experiences are positive ones.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 12 and 15 year old Written bymmb74 November 11, 2008

Too Addictive

My son hasn't been the same since he started playing this game it is addictive and there are bullies on there. I wish i wouldn't have let him buy the... Continue reading
Adult Written bysonnygallen June 11, 2009
Teen, 13 years old Written byforeverandalwayslove September 23, 2011
Kid, 8 years old February 26, 2016

Aaand its gone!

It shut down. you cant play it anymore. GG.

What's it about?

The gist of TOONTOWN ONLINE (http://disney.com/), a nonviolent massively multiplayer online game for children, is that kids become toons who go on quests so that they can become more powerful toons and gain laff points. All toons are trying to rid Toontown of the pesky businesslike Cog robots. Toons defeat the Cogs by using gags on them, including throwing pies in their faces, or squirting them with fake flowers. They purchase gags after earning jellybeans by playing fun Trolley Games. Toontown locks kids into a safe online environment where they can talk to others who are playing the game, but only from pre-scripted drop-down menus. Friends who know each other outside of the game can exchange passwords to permit instant messaging between the two during the game.

Is it any good?

Part of the fun of playing in Toontown is that it is constantly evolving and changing. In December 2003, Disney introduced the first Cog Headquarters (Cog HQ) neighborhood to Toontown and since then, there have been many more. The Cog HQs adds depth and complexity for experienced players -- those who have been playing long enough to have amassed about 60 or more laff points.

This virtual world is an exciting place to explore not only because it constantly offers new puzzles, games, and activities but also because it's fun to play with others while saving this world from robotic destruction. Families can check out the free portion of the game before committing to the full subscription membership.

Online interaction: Players are limited to drop-down messages unless they exchange friend codes off-line, so you can only live chat with people you actually know.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what makes playing this game so much fun. Is it the other toons (kids) that you interact with or the quests you go on? Since there is always more to do, is it hard to sign off? What do you do when someone is rude to you?

Game details

For kids who love pretending

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