A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this website.
What 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.
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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.
Talk to your kids 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.