A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this website.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this site features racing, sports, and shooting games that are played in various moon landscapes. The shooting games include projectile weapons that do things like "faze" your opponent, but the games and graphics aren't as violent or destructive as some others out there. There's no advertising, and all the games are free. There are some social networking features, such as chat and discussion forums, but these stay focused on game-related topics, rather than trash-talking. To register, kids have to provide an email address and their year of birth. Note: The site only works on the PC platform using Internet Explorer.
What's it about?
All of the games on MOONDO.COM are played using the same avatar, which moves with you from one game to the next. Any skills or props acquired during a game can be taken to another one. These include things like armor, shields, and action suits with super powers. One game is a shooting game with projectile weapons, but there's no blood or gore. Other options include the racing game Boost; Jet Game, which is sort of like volleyball; and Crystal Run, in which players steal items from an opposing team.
Is it any good?
Although there aren't that many games available on the site, Moondo.com is a good way to get a fairly slick 3D multiplayer gaming experience for free. The games are short and relatively simple to play using the mouse, space bar, and arrow keys. They're less riveting than more complex video games, but there are some cool features that keep players coming back -- such as the ability to redeem points for skills and earn awards even when your performance isn't that great. Players are also matched against others with similar skill levels, creating a fair playing field.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how these games compare to PlayStation or Xbox games. Do you prefer to play shorter games, like the ones here, or do you prefer longer games in which you can spend hours in an alternate universe? What do you think about the social networking features on gaming sites? Is it better to be able to play against an opponent that you can chat with, or would you rather go elsewhere for social networking activities? What do you think is good etiquette for multiplayer games?