Fight My Monster

Website review by
Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Fun battles, lots of interaction on social gaming site.

Parents say

age 16+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 21 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this website.

Positive messages

Players can choose to accept, deny, or negotiate battles and trades, which teaches kids negotiation skills. Also, even monsters who have a very low percentage possibility of winning sometimes win, exhibiting to kids that underdogs can prevail.

Violence & scariness

During battles, players see the monsters' cartoon bones flying out from behind the hidden battle ring, and white crosses on cemetery grave plots dot the screen. Whichever monster comes out the loser has some sort of dark (but not gory or scary) ending, like a lead weight squishing them or being zapped into oblivion by a laser. And, of course, the site is called "Fight My Monster" so that in itself is a soft promotion of violence among monsters.

Sexy stuff

None observed, but if you are friends with another player you can chat with each other off of the pre-scripted text; what is in those messages would vary widely. Parents of kids under 13 may see their child's chat activity and block any offending player.

Language

Bad language not commonplace, but at least one instance observed of a player skirting the rules by naming a monster with the word "s--t" in the name. And if you are friends with another player you can chat with each other off of the pre-scripted text; what is in those messages would vary widely. Parents of kids under 13 may see their child's chat activity and block any offending player.

Consumerism

There's a huge push for paid membership (listed at 4.95 English pounds, which comes in at about $8 U.S. dollars). A membership icon is prominent on each player's profile page. When kids click on some features, such as a design-your-own-monster tool, a message pops up indicating it's a feature for paid members only. "Members of the Week" earn prizes like a DS, which is also promoted at the top of the site's pages.

Drinking, drugs & smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Fight My Monster is an intricate, multifaceted social networking and gaming site aimed at boys ages 7 to 11, although girls, teens, and adults play here, too. The site allows players to pit monsters against other players' monsters to see who prevails. Kids can play educational and arcade-style games to earn points. There are a lot of social networking components here. Parents will benefit from reading through the complex but important privacy policy on this site, especially before purchasing a membership.

User Reviews

Adult Written bythemum August 4, 2011

Completely inadequate safety features. Swearing an issue.

My kids have recently started using this site. There are no swear filters in place, and as such my children have been subject to pretty much every swear word go... Continue reading
Adult Written byglaschumaw July 8, 2012

pikachu taking a dump & having a hump - not 4 kids

was pretty shocked that within a few minutes of the start of my 9 y.o. daughter's 1st visit to this site she was looking at footage of pikachu taking a dum... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old June 19, 2011

Little too violent

i think that it is a little too violent. The monsters fight and bones come out. A skull is included too. You have a choice to EAT the monster you defeat or coll... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old September 2, 2011

Fight My Monster: fun for all?

I love playing on this game, however in certain cases the winning and loesing nuggests bit can produce a message which may be a fleeing message as if to gamblin... Continue reading

Is it any good?

While FIGHT MY MONSTER may be a little daunting to understand for many kids -- especially on the younger side of the target age -- it may be worth the effort. The monster battle game is fun and really requires strategic thinking. Don't be surprised if your child asks for a paid membership, as membership is pushed hard. Important Note: The privacy and safety policies here are complex and change between ages. Parents of kids under 13 get their own account to monitor their players' interactions on the site and de-friend or block other users if they feel they are not interacting positively with their kids.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about why it's good that parents can monitor the chat activity of kids under 13 on this site, and when you would consider de-friending or blocking someone from talking to your child. Read Common Sense Media's Staying Safe in a Digital World for more tips.

  • If your child spends a lot of time here, discuss the different types of games. There are educational games, arcade games, and the battles, all of which have varying degrees of value or mind-numbingness.

Website details

  • Genre: Gaming
  • Pricing structure: Free

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