Cartoon Universe

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Michelle Kitt, Common Sense Media
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Solve cartoon characters' problems in an online world.

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Characters act like their TV counterparts. They can be cranky, sarcastic, and impolite or do things to trick and irritate each other. Earning coins and spending them are key interactions. There are more characters trying to sell things to your avatar than offering quests or games.


A little cartoon violence; characters get angry with each other, a house is destroyed at the hands of a defective juicer, and henchmen hint at a sinister plot.


A female character flirts to get her way.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this virtual world lets kids play alone or with others as they solve problems for popular TV cartoon characters, but finding things to do is a challenge. Navigation is easy and characters are chatty, but no one really explains where to go to do stuff. Talking with other players and adding friends is easier than in other virtual worlds and parents can get an account to set filters for chats. Special software must be downloaded to enter Cartoon Universe, and while the graphics and audio are high quality, they keep the computer busy and noisy throughout play.

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What's it about?

Kids have many options for creating a cool avatar and the action starts right away in an episode with Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck. Kids use the mouse to move as lighted doorways and gear icons over characters’ heads guide them to more information. They can hang out and chat, or collect coins as they move around and play games, and then spend it on gear for their avatar. Kids also have to use their virtual currency to buy one-time tickets (for a few coins) or passes (for big bucks) to access different locations and games.

Is it any good?

Cartoon Universe’s episode structure is engaging and is a good mini-introduction to multiplayer online gaming, but is missing some basic virtual world features. There’s no map to show where to go. Characters are supposed to provide quests, but most don’t have anything “quest-like” to say. Arcade-style games are over quickly, and some require players to buy a virtual ticket to access them (and if you quit, you need to buy another ticket to get back). It is easy to collect and and spend money. Vendors are everywhere, encouraging players to shop with lines like “The better you look, the better you feel.” On the plus side, terrific graphics make you feel you're in the middle of a cartoon, and the themed episodes give purpose and can reduce aimless wandering. However, there are too many  barriers to getting into the cool cartoon capers.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how to behave in an online world. Read Common Sense Media’s Online Worlds for Young Kids Tips.

  • Talk about what it’s like to have an avatar. What’s fun about designing an avatar? Is it easier to talk to others online when you’re an animal or cartoon character? Watch Common Sense Media’s All About Avatars.

Website details

  • Genre: Virtual Worlds
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Last updated: June 20, 2019

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