Miniclip

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

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 25 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 64 reviews

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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. Under the CCPA law you have the right to protect your personal information. Make a Do Not Sell request to Miniclip.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byJakyl-1 November 9, 2020

Mini 8 ball pool

I thought this game would be fun to play in fact it is set up to cheat you and take your money. It is a fact you do get to play other live people but when your... Continue reading
Adult Written bypauly2210 June 13, 2021

Game Not for Players with Integrity

Helping children huh? Well this game in no way teaches or promotes fair play, good gamesmanship at all. I went round and round with one rep by requesting they i... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written bycoolkidcoolio January 14, 2021
Kid, 10 years old November 5, 2018

Mini Clip

I played one game from this website a very very long time ago.

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: September 4, 2020

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