A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this website.
Violence & Scariness
Violent games show blood and death.
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Products & Purchases
Pop-up ads promote everything from games to screensavers. Full versions of many games run around $19.95.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
At least one game involves serving beer.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this site features some violent games -- blood spurts from zombies as they scream in one game; Endless War 3, one of most popular free games, includes so much gunfire that it's hard to realize what's happening until opponents bodies split apart and spurt blood -- all to a samba beat. Although users 13 and under are supposed to seek parental permission, no checks exist to confirm user's ages. Full versions of many games run around $19.95.
Is It Any Good?
The site doesn't clearly list the charges for the premium versions of its games. And, regrettably, many of the free preview games seem to involve adult (or just violent) interests like shooting and killing. Other games are just plain not kid-friendly -- like Betty's Beer Bar, which features a goal of serving drinks to nuns, Santa, and other patrons. The site also enforces other unsafe behaviors, such as crashing other cars in driving games. In addition, some of the site's game challenges are just plain violent.
The good news is free versions of many games can be downloaded fairly simply; the bad news is frequent pop-up windows advertise everything from games to screensavers. Sure, trial games may be free at ArcadeTown.com -- but if those games involve bloodshed and booze, is that really a bargain?
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