A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this website.
The limited interaction and kid-friendly games help reinforce the importance of polite online interaction.
Violence & Scariness
Many of the games involve shooting things, creatures, or other avatars with a variety of ammunition. All of these encounters, however, feature cartoonish violence and nothing graphic or frightening.
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Products & Purchases
No outside advertising or products mentioned here, but there are incentives and opportunities to upgrade to a paid Dinosawus membership at every turn. The site uses its own currency (credits), and members get additional credits for games they play, so they’re more able to buy items within the site. Paid members are able to unlock a large number of games, features, and special members-only items such as jet packs, hairstyles, and special weapons for a game called gunge.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this safe virtual world is similar in many ways to the very popular Club Penguin -- but with dinosaurs! -- and re-creates some of the features found there. Colorful and engaging, Dinosawus.com is a simple site that lets kids create a customizable dino avatar, tour different areas, play games and puzzles, color, and chat (safely) with others using limited, pre-scripted words. It has its own currency, which can be earned through games and spent on various items such as avatar clothes, accessories, etc. Although many of the activities and games are free, many more are only unlocked and accessible with a paid membership.
Is It Any Good?
Created in New Zealand, DINOSAWUS.COM leverages kids’ fascination with dinosaurs to provide a virtual world full of cute, colorful dinosaurs and a variety of places to explore, including a Dino Market, a forest, and a submarine. A safe chat feature allows personalized dinosaur avatars to interact using a short list of pre-scripted statements. The graphics are cute and engaging, there are interesting places to explore, and the games can be fun. Younger visitors will find a lot to love and much to do, but those who aren’t paid members may become frustrated with the number of things they aren’t allowed to do unless they pay.
Online interaction: As with all websites (even the safe ones) that feature social networking, users run the risk of being snubbed by other avatars. Visitors can chat using only combinations from a list of pre-selected words.
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