All-level play; some games have drinking, violence, sex.
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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Hundreds of games mean a wide range of role models, both good and bad.


Some of the most popular games are shooters or others that involve blood and death. Even Hangman is violent.


Sexual themes in some games: "The object of this game is to score with a hot chick." Games (such as dress-up games and role-playing games) may include scantily clad women. Forum topics are sometimes sexual.


A few scripted role-playing games contain profanity: "If you don't get up and find yourself a f--king job I'll stab you in the temples with some forceps." In the forums, a profanity filter and moderators generally keep offensive words to a minimum.


Games are free, but there are tons of ads for other game sites and other products.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

A few games reference alcohol (like "Frat Boy Beer Pong") and cigarettes.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that ArmorGames is a portal site with hundreds of games -- and what seems like hundreds of links to other websites. Many of the popular games (listed in the navigation) involve killing of one kind or another, and there's lots blood. There are gambling games, but kids only use virtual money to play. There is no chat function but the site is full of links that can go just about anywhere, and ads abound on the site.

Is it any good?


There are games of every stripe on ARMORGAMES.COM: action, adventure, dress-up, sports, puzzles, and even versions of arcade classics like Pac-Man and Frogger. There's also blackjack, poker, and slots, but only virtual money plays on this site. In a rush? Try Four Second Firestorm, Four Second Frenzy, or Four Second Fury. The trio contains dozens of "microgames" lasting four seconds each, requiring quick thinking and quick fingers. And, despite the impolite title, The Idiot Test -- a challenging and funny series of brainteasers -- is a blast. With hundreds of free games to play online or download, this site is the ultimate procrastination station.

Many of the games seem to be aimed at adolescent boys with content that's a bit risqué or in bad taste (in one game, you have to pelt a dog with footballs before it attacks you and draws blood). This content -- especially the violence -- makes the site iffy for younger teens.

Online interaction: Registered users can chat and post comments. The site forbids strong language, but it probably comes through occasionally. The site encourages friendly, safe-for-work interactions and reminds users that kids visit the site.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about why kids want to go to sites like these. Does "cartoon" violence make less of an impression than more realistic media like videos or photos? What message does it send when hurting people or animals scores points in a game?

  • Families can also read our tips about online gaming.

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Teen, 14 years old Written byHokage4354 October 3, 2009

A Teenager's Paradise

ArmorGames is probably the leading flash-game producing company of the modern times. Their games range from intellectual puzzle games, to violent shooters. Overall, the games are very high-quality, tame as a whole, and enjoyable. User-to-user interaction on the site is also kept under excellent control.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Educational value
Kid, 11 years old June 11, 2013

Be careful...

This is a great website, but be careful what you play.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Kid, 10 years old November 3, 2013

It is fine!

I am 10 and i am fine with the site. Playing it 2 years. On for 7+
What other families should know
Great messages
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Safety and privacy concerns


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