"Another pay to win-styled dress-up game" - Slightly biased free-to-player, me
From my experience with the game, the community is fairly decent. Then again, people hardly chat in Fantage. But if there was one word to describe the game now, it would be "inconsistent." The daily bonuses are fairly decent, the mini games offer minimal rewards (meager amounts of the game's standard currency, stars) and well, premium members may receive 50-100 free items of their choice per day. Once they even had an "free membership" week, people grinded (if you could even say that for a dress-up game) for oh-so-privileged premium member items; Hatch pets (aside from the obligatory standard non-member 2), earn gems (from playing mini games, since non-members could only wear one of six kinds of gem combination items), buy fancy houses (and furniture), receive the special premium member monthly item, etc. And at the end of the event, all the free-to-players sighed, as they realized they had to be a premium member to use those items, or use the second currency, ecoins (no there was no fore-mentioning with this from the game).
You'd think that things would change when they heightened the daily bonus rewards for ALL the players. Well they upped the bar for premium members too (as said before). I'm not saying that members get all the benefits, because when your subscription times out, guess what? You don't get to wear those items you earned. Unless you renew it or bought the item with... ecoins. Oh you can earn ecoins through events participation, daily login, bingo (a series of tedious tasks to fulfill) and such. But guess what? You can also BUY them too (at this point how bitter I must sound)! And I swear, with addition of the implemented login rewards, they butchered the bingo chart to show things such as "Play 15 games of _______." "I mean, who has TIME for that? Ha. Non-paying players would. Why not just buy the ecoins?" Money money money. The ecoins, however give the non-paying players a chance to earn regularly premium items. Still, some may feel the urge to buy the virtual currency, both premium and non-premium members
The contrast between the quality of the premium vs. non-premium (at this point, I should mention that I say non-premium as for "all players") items is a little disheartening as well.
And in the end, I admit, I spent a fair amount of my time on this game. The gimmicks they brought to the table worked on me. I have free time.
Don't let your kids follow this mindset.
2/10 out of anger.
Maybe I'm just using this as an excuse to rant post. But honestly, if one were to play this, expect some kind of pay-to-win elements to be present.
At the very least, allow your kid to know about privacy with account information and scams. The virtual world of Fantage is actually decently made with the various places to explore and classic arcade-style games. It's the consumerism that irks me about it.
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