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By Michelle Kitt, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Gaming site attempts to mix charity and play.

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age 8+

Based on 1 parent review

age 8+

It is Okay

I like some of the games. They have puzzles. But some of them are innaporparate.

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Playing games for charity is a fabulous idea for an age group that often gets involved in "swim-," "hoop-," or "jump-a-thons" to raise money. But unlike those "-a-thons," Playwala falls short showing how playing X game benefits Y cause. It boils down to "pick a cause and make a donation." Playwala reminds us why we’re all here -- widgets can display causes on homepages, companies that support non-profits can post jobs, and kids will feel good when their donations get recognized. But the games are easy, the word puzzles are hit-and-miss, and without good social tools, kids can’t connect with others who support the same issues. It's a noble concept, but kids don't have a lot of money, so Playwala needs lots of kids making lots of little donations to make an impact. As is, the site is not robust enough to attract them.

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