Miniclip

Website review by
Susan Yudt, Common Sense Media
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Popular with kids
Addictive game arcade with safe social feature.

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 21 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 63 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

In many of the games, death and destruction earn you points. Juvenile humor in some games can be irreverent.

Violence

Lots of games involving fighting (punching, kicking), shooting, or war, but nothing too bloody or gory.

Sex
Language

Some snarkiness and irony, but no profanity.

Consumerism

There's are prominent ads on each page, including some ads for fast food.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Miniclip is a popular gaming hub for middle school kids, and the range of games and the ease of play make it very addicting. As for the content, the action games (bombing, punching), sports games, shoot 'em ups (none gory), and political cartoons showcase adolescent humor, although some of the games are actually sweet. The site also has a social networking feature; to join, kids can register with a username, password, email address, and birthdate. The site says it requires kids under 13 to fill out a permission form to sign up, but that never materialized during registration. The social networking features are pretty safe, though -- kids can add friends, play against them in multiplayer challenges, and send them preselected messages only.

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byFuckMiniclip July 8, 2020

Not even close to a true representation of games

It's all about getting money. Tries to make it look like you can win but if you watch closely, the game, ball movements, spins, all changes bases on how m... Continue reading
Adult Written byJuggernaut187 July 12, 2019

Good, but very bad

This game has horrible match making, I'm a lvl 19 and am getting paired up with 100+ level players, so I lose all my coins, I think it's there way of... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old November 5, 2018

Mini Clip

I played one game from this website a very very long time ago.
Kid, 8 years old February 5, 2015

Miniclip

Miniclip is fun, but I made a game age rating system for Miniclip. It's because I would not want other kids going on adult content. E rated games are for e... Continue reading

Is it any good?

MINICLIP.COM boasts more than 300 games -- from puzzles to shoot 'em ups to multiplayer challenges -- that will keep kids zoned for hours on end. Most of the games can be played within a browser, though some need to be downloaded. Visitors can register and create a "mini-me" avatar and profile, then challenge their friends to games or send them preselected messages. There's a lot of (juvenile) political humor on the site, like an Obama vs. Hillary streetfight game -- choose your candidate and taunt, kick, and slap your way to victory.

The focus on fighting and war gets a bit old, but there are plenty of creative games on the site -- like the awesome adventure game Cheese Dreams, in which you are a cheese moon running away from hungry space mice. Some of the super-simple games are the most addictive -- try tearing yourself away from Ping Pong, which involves nothing more than bouncing a ping-pong ball on a paddle over and over. The players section adds a fun, social element that kids have almost come to expect from websites these days.

Online interaction: Players can register for an account and challenge their friends.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how much time should be allotted for playing online games, and draw up some guidelines for balanced use.

  • Parents can ask kids what appeals to them about the site and ask how they feel about the more violent games. Does "cartoon" violence make less of an impression than more realistic media like videos or photos? What message does it send when hurting people or animals scores points in a game?

  • Families can also watch our video about online gaming.

Website details

  • Genre: Gaming
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Last updated: June 20, 2019

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