World of Warships

Game review by
Franklin Rinaldi, Common Sense Media
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Strategic naval war game promotes teamwork, competition.
Parents recommend

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 1 review

A lot or a little?

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

Educational Value

Kids can learn teamwork and collaboration through gameplay, because this team-based game pits one fleet against another. Kids also learn decision making when they determine which ship equipment to upgrade and how to train a ship's captain. They also learn strategy in deciding when and how to engage opponents based on their teammates, terrain, and objects on the individual maps. World of Warships also lets new players practice against computer-controlled bots before throwing them into pitched battles against other people, which can build confidence and teamwork skills. With a heightened focus on group and individual play, along with the pace of the matches, World of Warships stands out from other battle-arena titles on the market.

Positive Messages

Fighting for liberty, freedom, value of teamwork countered by conquest, aggression.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Players take on role of ship captains, can inspire other players with gameplay, command of powerful ships to continue developing, unlocking other crafts.

Ease of Play

Simple controls; easy to learn. Skilled gameplay requires lots of practice.

Violence

Players use various ship classes to destroy opponent ships with guns, torpedoes, airplanes resulting in explosions, ships sinking. Although it's a war game, no blood, bodies shown -- only ships catching fire, sinking.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that World of Warships is a free-to-play downloadable online historical (mid-20th-century) naval combat warfare game where players join with friends and strangers to challenge other teams in arena-based combat. The goal of the game is to destroy the other team or capture control points on the map. World of Warships is an "easy to play, hard to master" style of game that encourages teamwork and strategic planning while providing a sense of personal growth and development. Though World of Warships is free to play, it does have an online store for purchasing premium items, and it gives incentives to purchase Premium time. Communication among teammates is a large part of the strategic planning, and the potential for unmoderated language is quite high. Though the game is violent, it's a war game, so that's expected. There's no blood or gore shown; instead, the ships catch fire and explode prior to sinking.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byDarkVoidBoy September 12, 2015

Not just unmoderated chat--NO FILTER OPTIONS

To say that the chat is not moderated is significantly understating the issue. Understand that there is no solo play option. Your child will be playing with o... Continue reading
Adult Written bynandu_s October 11, 2015

World of warships is the best!

I definitely think that this game is appropriate for children age 9+ because their isn't any humans involved at all! I personally love playing this game wi... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old February 6, 2016
World of Warships is a fun multiplayer game. It's easy to play and the only downside is it has way to much consumerism. Despite the game not having chat... Continue reading

What's it about?

WORLD OF WARSHIPS is a multiplayer and team-based online real-time strategy naval warfare battle arena game where players control warships. Players command four types of mid-20th-century naval vessels -- destroyers, cruisers, battleships, and carriers -- to navigate the oceans, firing guns and torpedoes at enemy vessels. Competition occurs in 12-vs.-12 battles aimed at either destroying all the other team’s ships or capturing and holding control points on the map. Battles are accompanied by large explosions, smoke, and fire, as well as ships breaking and sinking. Each battle earns you achievements, experience, and gold that can be used to upgrade your ship's equipment, unlock higher-tiered ships, and train your captains.

Is it any good?

This impressive war game takes the tactics and strategy of combat and tosses them into an action-packed multiplayer arena. The ships are built to historically accurate specifications, and, as a battle-arena game, it excels at being strategic game and doesn't draw things out in excessively long battles; matches are usually kept to within 30 minutes. The basic controls are simple and intuitive, but mastering the advanced controls takes a lot of practice. Players are encouraged to work as a team executing a variety of strategies -- sudden ambushes, cunning flank attacks, head-on confrontations -- all to deliver a decisive blow at the competition. 

Beyond the game's value as entertainment, it provides an immersion into the history of the ships and the countries they represent. Currently, World of Warships has vessels from four countries: the U.S.A., Japan, Russia, and the U.K., with more countries in the works. As with all the Wargaming titles, these are great games for military buffs and are family-friendly. Younger kids can easily master the game so long as parents keep in mind the unmoderated language they may be exposed to during matches. The greatest value of World of Warships is its stunning beauty, the reasonable gameplay sessions, and the critical thinking and strategic planning wrapped in a fun and engaging game that can provide hours of fun.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about teamwork and communication in games such as World of Warships. How does proper communication foster teamwork? Do you like playing with someone who’s polite or rude? 

  • Talk about the importance of online safety. What should -- and shouldn't -- kids be sharing with strangers? How can you protect personal and account information from strangers?

Game details

  • Platforms: Windows
  • Subjects: Social Studies: history
  • Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: applying information, decision-making, logic, making conclusions, prediction, problem solving, strategy, thinking critically
    Creativity: combining knowledge, developing novel solutions
    Self-Direction: achieving goals, effort, goal-setting, identifying strengths and weaknesses, set objectives, time management, work to achieve goals, working efficiently
    Emotional Development: handling stress, moving beyond obstacles, persevering, perspective taking
    Communication: asking questions, friendship building, listening, presenting, speaking
    Collaboration: cooperation, group projects, meeting challenges together, respecting other viewpoints, teamwork
    Responsibility & Ethics: learning from consequences, making wise decisions, respect for others
    Tech Skills: using and applying technology
  • Pricing structure: Free (The game is free to download and play, but premium accounts give 50% more experience and gold for a fee between $8 and $46/month.)
  • Available online? Available online
  • Developer: Wargaming.net
  • Release date: July 2, 2015
  • Genre: Massively Multi-player Online Game (MMOG)
  • Topics: History
  • ESRB rating: NR for No Descriptions

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