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What you will—and won't—find in this game.
By focusing on charity, the game fosters positive messages like generosity, empathy, and community engagement. Kids are made to feel good about helping those less fortunate.
Positive Role Models
There aren't really any other characters in the game, but the game's overall purpose serves as a good role model to the community by showing that games can be used for more than just entertainment.
Ease of Play
The game's clean mouse-driven interface is simple to navigate -- especially if players are already familiar with Facebook building sims. Players receive plenty of guidance through tutorials, hints, and quests.
Products & Purchases
Players are occasionally prompted with limited time offers of exclusive items that must be purchased with Facebook Credits, and Credits can also be spent to speed up the game. Players are also encouraged to post messages on their friends' Facebook walls when they achieve certain milestones.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that WeTopia is a city-building game played on the Facebook social network that allows players to make a positive impact in the real world. Players can donate the virtual currency they earn in the game to charitable organizations that help children in need, such as Help Haiti Heal, Save the Children, and BuildOn. The game's positive message is well-suited to kids younger than 13, but players must be at least 13 to open a Facebook account.
Is It Any Good?
WeTopia is a wonderful "gaming for good" initiative that lets players feel like they're making a positive impact in the real world instead of just playing an Internet time-waster for its own sake. Once players earn enough "Joy," they can visit Joy Central, browse through a list of charities and learn more about each one, then click the "Donate" button and watch the Joy Balloon fly away as takes the donated Joy to the real world.
On the gameplay side, WeTopia is a pretty standard building sim that eventually requires the help of other Facebook friends to complete structures and finish quests -- unless the player is willing to spend Facebook Credits to speed things up. However, in this case, players at least know that their in-game purchases are going towards a good cause.
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