Kung Fu Panda World

Common Sense Media says

Virtual world with Po and friends earns a black belt in fun.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Players get the feel of what it's like to be on a quest and to advance in martial arts belts through completing challenges. There's a safe chat mode that allows players to communicate while playing games with each other but only in positive terms -- no bullying or put-downs.

Violence & scariness

Kung Fu weapons, like swords and sticks, are part of the gameplay. When players hit bad guys (wolves and alligators) with weapons, then little green balls that represent points come out of the bad guys, or they just disappear when they "die." For the most part, the games and competitions steer away from violence or martial arts and focus on feats of skill and concentration.

Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

The Kung Fu Panda 2 movie has a few ads on the site in places like the virtual newspaper. There's a "members only" option that shows up in different ways to remind kids of the paid memberships ($5.95/mo.), especially when certain levels are reached. To play as a member for free for a day, you have to agree to watch a 30-second promotional video first.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

Online interaction is limited through a safe chat filter, which must be enabled through the parent control settings. The site has a simple registration system that doesn't require any personal information to be shared other than a parent's email, unless parents are registering the child for a paid membership, which of course requires billing information. The Parent Panel is a full site in itself, which parents register for separately and can link multiple children's accounts to that account. The control panel on that account allows parents to customize their children's accounts, including enabling safe chat, establishing daily time limits, and setting email communication preferences.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this virtual world site is a safe, engaging, and worthwhile online playground for Kung Fu Panda and Kung Fu Panda 2 movie lovers. The games, quests, graphics, and even the parent controls on Kung Fu Panda World are heads and shoulders above the average, non-educational virtual world. Kids feel a sense of accomplishment as they progress through different martial arts belt levels. There's definitely a push for buying the paid membership, but there's lots to do here without one. Kids can try the paid version for free for a day -- if they watch a promotional video.

Parents say

Kids say

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

KUNG FU PANDA WORLD is an immediately engaging, easy-to-follow virtual world from the makers of the Kung Fu Panda movies, Dreamworks Studios. While younger kids may need some help reading and deciphering some elements of the site's more complicated features, most games are easy enough to catch onto with little instruction, and clear directions are offered for first-time players. Players float from area to area on a cloud, Crouching Tiger-style, as they are sent on quests that become more difficult as they advance. Thankfully, this site is less focused on shopping and decorating virtual spaces than other similar virtual worlds. On the downside, some players can get bothersome with the options to make a lot of noise and jump around with no real point, but other players can move away from that sort of player or even report a problem player. Players using the free trial get access to the beginning levels of the game and can still chat and interact with others, while paid members get access to higher levels and exclusive areas of the virtual world.

 

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about Internet safety for elementary school kids. What makes this site safe, and what safety features do you look for in a virtual world?

  • If you set time or day limits on play through this site's parental controls, discuss why you chose to do that with your child. Read Common Sense Media's Setting Screen Limits tipsheet.

  • Talk about the rules of the online road. How should you act toward others online? Why is it important to treat virtual friends with the same respect you give your peers in real life? What should you do if you see someone misbehaving or acting mean in a virtual world?

Website details

Genre:Virtual Worlds
Topics:Sports and martial arts
Pricing structure:Free

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Adult Written bygummy bear revo... May 1, 2010
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Fantastic as a family, movie kids love it, really worth the money spent

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Great messages
Kid, 11 years old August 10, 2010
AGE
7
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the best game ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11

its a cool game no i take that back its an awesome game!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! its the best game ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
What other families should know
Too much consumerism
Teen, 13 years old Written bywuillian May 13, 2010
AGE
13
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best game for kids

love it, it was the best game ever.
What other families should know
Too much consumerism
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