What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this site is a sweet treat but oh, so full of advertising embedded into the games. Can kids tune it out? Or will you have to spend the next few months steering into the "no candy" checkout at the grocery store?
What's it about?
Kids will find an abundance of games at CANDYLAND.COM: \"Red Ants Run\" is like Frogger; ants try to cross a busy highway and make it safely to the anthill. There's a twist though: if they can run across a Trolli Gummi worm, they get extra points. Go on a \"Photo Shoot\" to the African savannah or the rain forest. Take photographs of the passing animals but don't run out of film before you bag them all. Bowling fans can play against others who also happen to be logged in to the site. And there's a trivia quiz in which a 1950s-era game show host asks players questions as his nose grows longer as antennae sprout out of his head.
Is it any good?
The ads that run before games on Candystand.com can get annoying, and the option to win real-life prizes isn't sending the best message to kids, but at least this site doesn't focus on the not-so-kid-friendly games like shooters. Parents will like that there's a brain-using puzzle section, and kids will get into the large-screen format and well laid-out design. No doubt, like most gaming sites with plenty of stuff to choose from, Candystand.com will be a hard one to tear kids away from.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about setting time limits for computer use. How much time is a good amount to play games online? How much is too much? Are there any games on this site that can be played outside?