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By Erin Brereton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Well-done virtual world peppered with McDonald's mentions.

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Kids will find plenty to see and do in McDonald's virtual MCWORLD. They're able to create an avatar -- with or without registering -- and play games, watch videos, or just wander around. The site is a visually impressive world: In the haunted house, green ghosts emerge from a doorway, and a skate park features fun graffiti-like graphics. McWorld is also a pretty safe destination: Kids don't have to enter much personal information to register, and they can't key in their own chat conversations -- a list of sayings is provided for them.

That said, while the site doesn't feature as many plugs as one of the eatery's other sites,, it's hard to forget that McWorld was created to promote McDonald's. Happy Meal characters (and boxes) pop up throughout the site, and kids are told that Happy Meal codes will unlock exclusive avatar accessories and other items. Parents who are uncomfortable with any kind of product-centric focus may want their kids to limit their visit to the McWorld -- and spend more time playing in the real one.

Online interaction: Kids can chat with other users using safe, pre-scripted terms. The results from some site activities, such as the create-your-own-music-video option, also can be emailed to up to four friends.

Website Details

  • Genre: Virtual Worlds
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Last updated: November 5, 2015

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