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WarCraft III/WarCraft III: The Frozen Throne

Game review by
Jeremy Gieske, Common Sense Media
WarCraft III/WarCraft III: The Frozen Throne Game Poster Image
Violent games are better suited to older audience.

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 15 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 42 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Some edgy humor at times -- characters sometimes say things such as "I'm sooo wasted, I'm sooo wasted" in a drunken "party girl" tone of voice.


Blood, guts, murder, explosions. Pervasively sinister and violent images, including demons.


Some sexual innuendo. For example, when clicked on multiple times, different characters will say things like, "I said a bow string not a G . . . never mind".


Hidden in the gameplay are a couple of explicit words.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that although the ESRB rates the games as Teen games, they truly split the line between a game for teens and a more mature audience. Considering the amount of violence, the dark nature of the games, and concerns with language and sexual content, these games would be better suited to an older audience.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byAyjay August 18, 2009

Commonsense Media? More like Ignorant Media

Edgy Humour? Sexual innuendo? Explicit words? Not for kids? This just proved that your review is full of biased statements that are unsupported by factual evid... Continue reading
Adult Written byFreedomFromCens... June 29, 2009

Common Sense Media, are you out of your mind? Did you actually play this game?

Kids could play this game! Their is no reason this should be only for 17+ and up? Have you guys actually PLAYED this game? You obviously haven't by what y... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byWill Halloway January 24, 2010

Maybe not for very young children, but certainly not even close to that bad.

While there are some mature themes in this game, they certainly do not merit a "Not For Kids" rating. And to click on units enough times to get someth... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byMrcharlton June 30, 2011

Appropriate for all Ages (well, most ages)

The reviewer of this game does not know what he is talking about at all. I doubt he even played the game (he either judged it by the trailer or is confusing it... Continue reading

What's it about?

In WARCRAFT III/WARCRAFT III: THE FROZEN THRONE, players take the role of one of four major civilizations: orcs, humans, night elves, or the undead. Each has its own history, but they are intertwined. Each also has its own specialties -- from different military units to different upgrades. In general, the game is very similar to other Real-Time-Strategy (RTS) games.

One major difference with Warcraft III is the addition of heroes. Heroes can build up experience and then get special skills and spells they can use to help their own forces or defeat the enemy. Heroes can also pick up or buy items in the game that can be stored in their inventory. These items typically add to the abilities of the hero.

Is it any good?

Cinematic segments help to carry the storyline. From a technical point of view, they are very well done. From a content point of view, they are pervasively sinister, violent, and contain mature themes such as demons/demonic possession, deception, murder, and revenge.

Several other, albeit more hidden elements, add concerns for younger players. For example, players can make a character say not-so-innocent comments or blow up creatures in an explosion of guts and blood by clicking on them repeatedly. Also hidden in the gameplay are a couple of explicit words. Although these games are popular, parents would be wise to look at other games before getting either of these for their kids.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about fantasy and violence. Would the violence style of this game feel different if you were playing as a World War II soldier instead of, say, an orc? Which civilization do you prefer to play as? Why?

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