Kongregate

Website review by
Susan Yudt, Common Sense Media
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Some games have mature content; iffy forums.
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Parents say

age 14+
Based on 12 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 13 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

As in many online communities, most people are respectful, but a few users are abusive and make racist, sexist, and homophobic comments.

Violence

Lots of shoot 'em up games (zombies are a popular target). Most of the violence isn't overly gory or realistic.

Sex

Some scantily-clad animated women; occasional sexual comments in forums and on profiles.

Language

A filter censors profanity in the chat rooms, but there's a fair amount of cursing (including some hate words) in forums and profiles.

Consumerism

There are ads, and some games are sponsored and link to other sites.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

A few discussions about drinking and drugs in forums.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this gaming site has a lot of other interactive features besides games. Users can register to create a profile, chat while playing games, and post in forums. The site has extensive guidelines for "good behavior," appoints moderators, and encourages users to flag inappropriate content, but some users get away with posting hateful (racist, sexist, or homophobic) comments on their profiles or in forums. (The chat feature censors profanity.) It's hard to keep tabs on the thousands of games -- some are violent shooters and feature a bit of blood, but most are fairly mild and fine for teens.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byParent52 February 28, 2012

Kongregate not safe for any kids and why

Many of the other reviews comment correctly and accurately on a variety of Kongegrate features. The details of the inappropriate content within the chat rooms... Continue reading
Adult Written byFactCheckingCJ July 26, 2012

Save yourself the frustration over the mentality of people, and move on.

I started using this as a child many years back, and back then I probably would have given it a 5/5 due to it being small enough to manage, friendly players and... Continue reading
Kid, 0 years old February 5, 2011

perfect for everyone over the age of 13

Best vidya gaman website ever. 5/5
Teen, 17 years old Written byExlibrisTraveller July 30, 2009

Good, but not great.

This site is good, for older kids. The profile slant can be definitely addicting, as certain achievements garner "badges". The all consuming hunt for... Continue reading

What's it about?

Innovative game developers can showcase their creations on KONGREGATE.COM, a gaming portal that allows registered users to upload their own flash games -- and to share in the ad revenue that's generated. Teens who just want to get their game on will find plenty of options here, from simple shoot 'em ups to complex multi-player adventures. There's also a community element that allows registered users to chat, participate in forums, rate games, earn points, and other interactive features.

Is it any good?

Most gaming portals are a mixed bag, but Kongregate's rating system -- and its policy of "hiding" games with bad ratings -- helps steer users toward the best offerings -- like the deceptively addictive "Dolphin Olympics" and the beautifully illustrated "5 Things" puzzle game (both of which, incidentally, are completely G-rated). Some of the forum threads (particularly "serious discussions") can get a bit heavy or hostile for teens, so it's smart to stick with what the site does best -- gaming.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what a good amount of time is for playing online games, and draw up some guidelines for balanced use, since some of the games on this site can be very addictive. Families can also watch our video about online gaming. Parents should also review what kind of information is OK to post in a profile and what's not.

Website details

  • Genre: Gaming
  • Pricing structure: Free

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