Kingdom of Loathing

Website review by
Jean Armour Polly, Common Sense Media
Kingdom of Loathing Website Poster Image
Quirky alcohol-related role-playing game.

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 88 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 52 reviews

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Positive Messages

Theft is expected in the game, too.

Violence

Combat is a major part of the game. Of course you often battle pasta....

Sex

Some mild sexual language and puns.

Language

Some bathroom humor, and similar language issues.

Consumerism

Some Kingdom of Loathing merchandise is for sale.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Mixing cocktails and drinking alcohol is a major feature of the game.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this site is funny and edgy and addicting, but kids shouldn't be associating alcohol and violence with "play." Characters have to do a lot of killing in order to progress (even though lots of times they fight something odd, like a possessed can of tomatoes) and sometimes the prose or even the landscape itself has a double entendre meaning, like a visit to the "Orc Chasm."

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byLkc159 December 29, 2009

I think that his reviewer is biased and did not do his/her job properly and truly analyze the game.

There's no problem with this game. The reviewer got it all wrong. Firstly, if a kid actually gets any of the innuendo or sexual entendres, then obviously... Continue reading
Adult Written byZair April 9, 2008

Awesome game

How many kids are going to have any idea what Orc Chasm means? The game creator says it was completely unintentional anyway. My 9-year old cousin plays this g... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byzeeman48 April 9, 2008

A great game, a biased review

I have played this game for a while, and so far, have seen no problems with it. The review was completely biased from a 15 minute gameplay. Sure, the game does... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byKiPunk11 January 21, 2011

CommonSense Media Needs To Stop Hiring Conservatives.

This game is about as inoffensive as games get. Just because you can drink doesn't mean children can't play it, I give it on for anyone who can read.... Continue reading

What's it about?

Kingdom of Loathing is a role-playing game that has gained quite a few fans, although it's initially hard to see why. Players create a character from several possible classes: Pastamancer, Seal Clubber, Accordion Thief, and so on. Characters have certain levels of muscle, mysticality, and moxie, all of which allow players to succeed in combat. The object is to roam around the map and solve puzzles and quests. Instead of gold, the \"coin of the realm\" is meat. With enough meat, players buy supplies and items to complete the quests. Players \"win\" -- and can choose to consume -- quantities of virtual beer and cocktails. You can choose to combat other real players (but only if you smash your mystical groovy hippie stone that keeps you and other players invisible to each other). You can also chat in real-time and join clans of other players.

Is it any good?

On the grand scale of online role-playing games, this one is not the worst. It's funny and edgy and addicting in its own way, but kids shouldn't be associating alcohol and violence with "play."

Besides the major role alcohol plays in the game's scenarios, you may be reviled by some of the violence and language: "In the Haunted Pantry, you're attacked by a fiendish can of asparagus. Cans of asparagus aren't normally all that scary, but this one's got a knife!" and "Inside the Haunted Pantry, you encounter an undead elbow macaroni of unusual size. It rubs its hands together and prepares to assault you like a peanut. It gets the jump on you. It tries to pastaslap you in the nipple, but misses." Characters have to do a lot of killing in order to progress (even though lots of times they fight something odd, like a possessed can of tomatoes) and sometimes the prose or even the landscape itself has a double entendre, sexual meaning, like a visit to the "Orc Chasm." Then there are some of the questionable assigned tasks: "You see that guy over there? That guy's name is Paco. I want you to steal his wallet without him noticing."

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Website details

  • Genre: Gaming
  • Pricing structure: Free

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