Kongregate

Website review by
Susan Yudt, Common Sense Media
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Popular with kids
Some games have mature content; iffy forums.

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 13 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 13 reviews

A lot or a little?

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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.

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent Written byTristian C. October 11, 2018

Too Risky

The site has been known to be riddled with predators and the admins never do anything much about it, i'd personally not go to this site as its a danger to... Continue reading
Adult Written bychris B. March 7, 2017

Avoid this site

I spent alot of time and money on this site.Everyday i see trash talk posted with extreme vulgarity and think to myself i am glad my kids don't play here a... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old September 7, 2014

Kongregate

Kongregate is the best website for flash games, and you will find a beautiful variety of quality save games, some even that are also full multiplayer games on c... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byWyndcaller March 19, 2014

The cleanest game site I know!

Obviously, with every game site, there are T and even a few worse-rated games, but most games I have seen on this site are E, and E10 at most. I have found some... 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
  • Last updated: June 20, 2019

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