Kid reviews for Kingdom of Loathing

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Common Sense says

age 18+

Based on our expert review

Parents say

age 11+

Based on 88 reviews

Kids say

age 10+

Based on 55 reviews

age 11+

Do not trust the 'expert' review

The one who reviewed this doesn't seem to have played this game. They clearly just took notes of the martinis and stuff, the casino and the stick figure fighting and merged them together to a disgusting review. It really doesn't SHOW you the fighting just have funny puns in the text, so what's up with the violence review? Even books have violence more than this! Think about Harry Potter and The Hunger Games! It really don't have swearing in the game itself, but sometimes the chat could contain them, but there are strict mod warnings and you don't have to go to the chat if you don't want to!Yeah you could get drunk, but if you get too much drunk, you don't get to go to adventuring and the Toot Oriole, who gives you the tutorial, comes and scold you when you get drunk for the first time. Doesn't that give a message to kids? Like don't get drunk? As a kid who plays KoL, I say this review is completely unfair.
age 10+

Not an "Alcohol Game"

Listen. This game is much more than an violent, offensive, alcohol game. Although the reviewer gets some stuff right, they really messed it up this time. First of all, alcohol. Yes, alcohol can give buffs and more adventures. However, it's not required, and it even discourages overdrinking, making it so you can't do anything productive until real-time tomorrow. Your kids, if they know anything about alcohol, are not going to become avid drinkers shall they play this game. Second, violence. What were they THINKING? Violence is practically invisible. The enemies you fight are either attacking you or reanimated in-animate objects. There's not even an animation when you fight, just a funny quote and some comic book onomatopoeia. And I've heard from other reviews that you just slink away after losing a fight. So all human enemies slink away in shame after you beat them. Needless to say, your child isn't going to become violent. And offensive statements. Just to say my viewpoint, I have heard terrible, terrible things at SCHOOL. Also, it's not just other students. Kids who haven't heard things like the references in the game won't get them. The "bag of powdered sugar"? A kid won't get that. Unless they have HEARD about it, they WON'T get it. Finally, swearing. Yes. There is swearing in this game. However, unless you want to keep your child from knowing some swears exist, this game is fine. It's practically my only concern about it. Overall, the reviewer didn't do a very good job. The only real worrying thing about this game is the swearing. And I won't include the "reading" and "RPG" part of the game, which are mind positives. Really, it's your opinion. But me? I think once you pass 10, especially 12, you will be mature enough to play this game with no consequences. And for just one more thing to leave off on, the reviewer said this game had a consumerism rating of three for T-shirts (and not even donations). And Runescape? Rated for two. Sigh...

This title has:

Too much swearing
age 12+

Not for young children

This game is only playable for a certain amount of time a day. Features optional microtransactions that are absolutely not required to win.

This title has:

Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
age 17+

I think this game....

Can be played by any age AS LONG as they are mentally mature. (know about you know what (kiss kiss)... don't go around saying everything they see or hear. The good message in this game is trying to defeat evil. I don't think it's too violent. Although you do fight, it is not very violent as there is one static image and some text describing the fight. There is swearing in the game, but only mild swearing. (b-, a-, o-) The chat filter is on by default. About innuendo, there is some, but remember, as long as they know about you know what, and they don't say what they hear or see, it is okay. About drinking... yep, a lot of it, but as long as they know not to abuse drugs and alcohol, they are a-okay. People can say whatever they want in the chat, and list their location, but as long as they know not to, regardless, it is okay. If they do list their location, make sure it is not specific, but broad. Nunavut Province, Canada is broad and okay, but 183 Iqaluit Street, Iqaluit, Nunavut, Canada is NOT.

This title has:

Great messages
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
age 14+

Humorous Browser Game Parodies Role-Playing Video Games

Kingdoms of Loathing (or KoL, as it is referred to) is a download-free game with graphics that consist of black-and-white doodles, with NPCs and player characters represented via stick figures. There is not much plot, just a basic quest to kill a witch (known as the "Naughty Sorceress") to staunch the flow of monsters into the land. The game prides itself on its originality and humor, not its combat, though battles are present. Violence: Combat is displayed through a white screen with dropdown menus. Attacks will be selected via said menus, and a brief message (i.e: "You strike your opponent on the forehead with the flat part of your blade, producing a satisfying 'Thwok' sound.") followed by some onomatopoeia ("BIFF! BAM! POW!"), then a description of how much damage you dealt. Defeated enemies drop items and Meat, the game's currency (poking fun at how random animals will drop currency in other video games). One of the game's items is a "Bum Cheek", which is described as the actual severed cheek of a bum (homeless person) who attacked you. Said item can be worn as a hat. One of the available classes is "Seal Clubber", itself a parody of Viking-esque classes ("The Seal Clubber hails from the frigid northlands, because one character class always hails from the frigid northlands"). All in all, violence is described (as there are no attack animations) in the same cartoonish manner as a Tom and Jerry cartoon. Sexy Stuff: One item is called the "Chainmail Monokini", and is implied not to cover much. Females are generally not portrayed as any different from males in the game, with the difference of females having hair drawn onto their heads. Players may pay 500 Meat to change their avatar's gender, and if turning from male to female, the description will read: "You hand over the meat (in more ways than one) and lie down. When you wake up, you feel.......different." Some innuendo in dialogue (such as the aforementioned pun). Drinking, Drugs, Smoking. Beverages are present, but not in a particularly overpowering way. They provide passive bonuses, and your character can become drunk (this will have a mixed affect, barring you from some "Adventures" (battles), but giving you access to others you may not otherwise encounter. It also locks you out of many important activities, though. So, basically, Commonsense has once again blown this out of proportion. One can go through the entire game without drinking, really. One quest does, however, result in you taking hallucinogenic drugs and going on a "trip". But, this is generally treated as just another zone of the game. Other Concerns: Females and males are treated differently in this game. For instance, males get a penalty for eating quiche, females get a bonus for wearing a certain pair of boots, etc. As I mentioned before, "Seal Clubber" is one of the available classes, which could concern some families (please note that seals are portrayed as evil in this game, which either improves or deteriorates the situation depending on how you look at it.) Conclusion: A lot of the humor in the game is derived from pop culture, so those who aren't familiar with some of what they reference (such as stating "It's the end of your quest as we know it! Don't worry, I feel fine." This is a reference to a R.E.M song "The End of the World as We Know It") won't get the game's jokes (and really, that's the point of the game). However, they also parody Role-Playing Games (such as a quest to clear out a tavern basement of rats, to appease the inn's proprietor "Bart Ender". So, this game is best appreciated by gamers who are fond of MAD Magazine's style of humor. Younger kids COULD play it, but they might miss out on the game's most important aspect.

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
age 10+

NOT FOR KIDS? WHAT DOES IT MEAN!

please stop doing not for kids.it gets confusing (kids=tweens? kids= teens?) basically if you think your kid is old enough to read/watch the wimpy kid books/movies, it's ok
age 12+

Try it for yourself!

A lighthearted, funny game worth giving it a shot. Much better than most turn based games out there- and there IS some stuff that immature children shouldn't be exposed too- but overall a nice, friendly experience.
age 2+

Csm needs to get a new reviewer.

NOT FOR KIDS?YOU CALL THIS NOT FOR KIDS??YOUR REVIEWERS HAVE GONE MAD!!Why,this deserves to be for all ages!its on for 2,iffy for -3,off for -300000 !!This is the best game ever!It's hilarious and there's not even a single drop of blood!Your enemies are cheesy and unrealistic and the drinking is minimal.Seriously,this is awesome.I play this for hours and hours and hours(sometimes 9+) .extreme ,you say.the only thing on my mind when I switch on my MacBook is kol,kol,kol.
age 5+

A great game!

It's a great game. I play it and I am on the good side with the community. This game is great and it also may teach younger kids than me what old games like this are like. Overall, Great Game for kids 5 and up.
age 10+

ok for tweens

Use of alcohol and some sexual references make this ok for tweens.

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking