AddictingGames

Website review by
Heidi Kotansky, Common Sense Media
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Gaming portal is a mix between good and evil.

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 20 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 103 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Some games promote cheating, shooting, stealing, death, and destruction.

Violence

Several games feature disturbing violence.

Sex

Some games contain sexual material.

Language

Some games contain swear words, both written and spoken.

Consumerism

Many ads throughout the site. "Bucks," virtual currency purchased with real-world money, can buy premium items on the site.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

A few games show drinking.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this site is a hub of games that are updated every weekday. As with most multi-themed game sites, kids will inevitably come across a mix of pointless games, educational games, violent games, obscene games, and entertaining games -- and parents should be prepared to spend some time on the site finding ones that are good for their kids to play. Although there are plenty of safe and educational games, some of the games are sick and twisted (especially those in the section called Shooting Games!). The site also links to other gaming sites, which can contain violent and inappropriate material. Also note: the virtual currency costs real money.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 6 and 12 year old Written byback2schoolboo April 9, 2008

Halfway decent teenage site

+enjoyable games +many hours of gameplay -VERY mature game selections -mom's nightmare of death
Adult Written byashadoodle April 9, 2008

Careful what you click on...

Addicting Games has something for everyone. There are often games for children (like the game with the Hydrophobic Frog trying to cross the lake) and adults ali... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byThe Sting fan April 12, 2011

Good for kids of all ages! :)

This is the best game website on the internet. From what you are saying it is highly innapropriate. Did you even vist the website or are you just making this st... Continue reading
Kid, 8 years old August 26, 2010

Watch your language!

some commets contain badwords

What's it about?

ADDICTINGGAMES.COM provides a portal jump station to many of the most popular games on the Internet. Games are divided into several handy categories: Action, Puzzle & Board, Arcade & Classics, Shooting Games, NewsGames, and more. There's also a list of the top games.

Is it any good?

A lot of the games are harmless -- and some are even educational. There's a completely addicting "Mini-Putt" game where you can practice your miniature golf skills, or "50 States," where you learn geography by dropping a state onto its correct spot on a map.

But there are also games that feature obscene material, drinking, swearing, and violence to humans and animals. Take "Five Finger Pellet," for example: The game's object is to stab a knife into a table as many times as you can without hitting any of your handcuffed victim's fingers. To top it off, when the victim gets sliced and blood spurts out, he belts out a menacing screaming sound. Or, there's a little game called "Animal Hunter" that involves a Robin Hood character shooting arrows at cute little bunnies and ducks while strolling through a Tolkienesque forest, backed up by an Enya-inspired, bird-chirping soundtrack. The site uses a bomb icon to warn users that a game "may or may not be suitable for ages 13 and older."

Online interaction: Registered users have the option of playing with a friend, and can connect with friends through Facebook to play. They can also leave comments, which tend to be game-focused without personal attacks.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what games are appropriate to play. What do you think of violent games?

  • When are games beneficial to play, and when are they harmful?

Website details

  • Genre: Gaming
  • Pricing structure: Free

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