Wind Slayer

Common Sense Media says

Cute, free, easy-to-play MMOG can tempt kids to spend money.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

As you play, you go on quests, which are about protecting the villages and cities. However, some quests require you to kill monsters. Players are encouraged to help each other through the Mentor system which provides rewards to both players. There are also many in-game events run by GMs (Game Masters - employees of Outspark).

Violence

Like most MMOGs, you are required to kill monsters to advance in this game, however, monsters just fall over and disappear. There is no gore or blood.

Sex
Not applicable
Language

This game uses open chat with a permanent "naughty word" filter that Outspark continually monitors and refines to prevent inappropriate language from being used in-game.

Consumerism

Free to play, but with micro-transactions -- small monetary purchases of cosmetic (such as clothing) and consumable items (such as health potions), which is how this game makes it's money.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this is a massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORG) that is targeted toward the young teen market, especially those who have not played MMORPGs before. It is one of the easier games to learn to play. Kids will find the quick reward system to be very compelling, as is the challenge of playing against other players, so parents may want to monitor the amount of time spent in the game. Wind Slayer is free to download and play, but the game can get expensive if players frequently use real money to buy items in the online item mall or cash shop. Open chat even with a curse word filter have their own inherent dangers, so parents may want to take care that their children are aware of internet etiquette and do not give out personal information. Common Sense Media does not recommend that children under age 12 play online games unsupervised.

Parents say

Kids say

What's it about?

WIND SLAYER is a MMORG set in the continent of Beuritania. Kids join the game as a young adventurer setting out to travel and explore the continent. Along the way, you meet and talk to village elders who will ask you to assist them and the village in various ways. Many of these requests require you to rid the area of some vermin or dangerous creatures. You embark on a never ending journey to rid the continent of evil and once you have gained some experience, will choose to train in one of six adventurer classes as a warrior, archer, rogue, mage, monk, or healer.

Wind Slayer is a graphical 2-D side scrolling MMORPG, and plays just like a platformer, except that you are playing in a multiplayer world with many other people at the same time. You encounter other players, team up with them, and sometimes play against them in team based competition called "PvP" (Player vs. Player). You will also slay monsters to level-up your character and learn new skills.

Is it any good?

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Wind Slayer's cute and attractive graphics and engaging gameplay make this a fun MMORG for kids to explore. This is a MMORG that is easy to play.The game is almost "MMO Light" as it features simplified versions of almost all major components in found in subscription-based games, such as combat, PvP, questing and exploration, gathering and mining as well as three crafting skills and keeping pets.

Younger kids will find Wind Slayer approachable due to the graphics and simple game play while older children will find the PvP challenging and the in-game events and socialization via the community boards fun. As long as kids don't get pulled into buying things via the item mall, or spend hours upon hours online, this could be a fun game that, best of all, is free.

Families can talk about...

  • Families Can Talk About why a free to play game can get expensive if real money is used to buy items in game. Why do you think games like these sell items that allow you to gain experience and level twice as fast? Why should you not give out personal information over the internet? Can you be sure that the person you are chatting with is another kid like you?

Game details

Platforms:Windows
Price:Free
Pricing structure:Free
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Outspark
Release date:February 4, 2009
Genre:Massively Multi-player Online Game (MMOG)
ESRB rating:NR for Not Rated (Windows)

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Teen, 15 years old Written bycuteloneligurl February 20, 2011
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10
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love it because it shows your kids that they can learn from games and other online games too.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much consumerism
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Parent of a 12 year old Written byblaze hitnix January 2, 2010
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12
QUALITY
 

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I feel great
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Kid, 9 years old February 13, 2009

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