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 102 reviews

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

Positive Messages

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


Several games feature disturbing violence.


Some games contain sexual material.


Some games contain swear words, both written and spoken.


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
Adult Written bybob bogangles April 4, 2012

not bad.

it is a great way to play free games. the only problem that i have had is the survey interrupting my game and losing all of my progress.
Parent of a 9 and 12-year-old Written bystarrparrent1 November 24, 2011

some games are fine

the games labeled "teen caution" are a no-no for kids under 14 or maybe 13. you can say what you want in comments so beware of language.
Teen, 15 years old Written bywizardortitan May 31, 2017

A bizarre hybrid of good games, stupid games; kids' games, risque games...

There are games on here rated for all ages that no parent would object to, such as "Bloons", "Fireboy and Watergirl" and "Lemonade Worl... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byTheBombFunn July 31, 2013

Great site, LAY OFF CSM!

Wh-What?!? Are you serious? Edgy for 15-18? OFF FOR 14 AND UNDER?!!??!1?!?! WHO EVEN WRITES THESE REVIEWS, IS THIS SITE RUN BY AN OVERPROTECTIVE PARENT? I go o... Continue reading

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
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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