A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this is a kid-attractive, simple-to-play online game that is mostly about combat. The game is free to play, but many fun parts of the game, including pets, trendy outfits, and animals that kids characters can ride on require spending real money in the cash shop rather than in-game cash. These cash shop items also require maintenance - such as pet food - that also has to be bought. Parents also need to know that although ESRB rated the game for 10+, the game has open filtered chat and even the Publisher states that the game and services are for 13+ in their terms and agreement. Time management may become as issue when playing this game since kids will want to spend a lot of timesocializing in this cute and colorful world.
What's it about?
WONDERKING's backstory is loosely religiously-based. The demon king Baalon has released monsters and devils into the world and a prophet reveals a message from God stating that one human will arise as the Holy King. This savior, called the Wonder King, will cleanse the world of these devils and deliver humanity from evil. Each player is a hero who could be the prophesied Wonder King. Kids choose between four classes: Swordsman (the warrior archtype),Mage (the magic user), Thief (the rogue/assassin) and Scout (theranger/archer). Each class branches into two lines and kids can chooseto play whichever they prefer. For example, the Swordsman branchesinto the Warrior (pure melee) or the holy Knight (able to call upon thewrath of God to smite their enemies), the Mage branches into Priest(healing) or Wizard (offensive magic).
Is it any good?
Part of WonderKing's attraction is that its gameplay is simple. Kids will have fun platforming in this game, as they jump and double-jump to reach Monsters hanging out on platforms. They watch animations as their characters hit enemies with a sword or shoot arrows at them. The monsters don't leave their platforms, so once kids get used to the controls, they can have quite a bit of fun with this game. Kids can also check out other pursuits such as selling and mining, crafting items, traveling, and explore.
With gorgeous cartoony graphics, cute but deadly monsters, easy to learn controls, and low entry requirements in terms of computer hardware, WonderKing is an easy MMO for kids to try. Live GM (Game Master) are present to run seasonal events which help to keep the game fresh by offering new pursuits.
Online interaction: This game has Open Chat and at higher levels, Player versus Player combat, so although there is a default language filter and tools to report or ignore other players, kids may have negative online encounters in this game because of rude chat.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about Online Consumerism and Peer Pressure. Is there really a need to have that particular outfit? Why does having a funny item like a Chicken Hat or a Panda pet make you cool?
Families can also talk about Online Safety. Why should you not share your name and personal information online?
Another topic that families can discuss is Online Behavior and setting codes of conduct for their kids. Do you think you can be mean and nasty to someone you don't know or can't see? If you don't behave like that on the playground, why would you do it online?
How might you handle time management issues when playing this game? Would time limits be appropriate?