What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that they should keep their kids out of the multiplayer games. You may want to check the free downloadable games and have your kids play these offline. Players are also offered the opportunity to pay for deluxe versions or buy the games on CD ROM.
What's it about?
Play 22 addictive games online, or download games to play on your PC, Mac, or Palm. There's the Chinese-themed \"Rocket Mania,\" which challenges you to manipulate a series of pipe-like fuses to create a path from a burning match to an arsenal of fireworks. \"Noah's Ark\" requires that you match animal pairs to move them to the safety of the ark. And there's nothing quite like \"Insaniquarium,\" where you try to maintain a healthy aquatic community amid a host of hazards, including space aliens.
Is it any good?
All games worked on the PC but not all web games worked on the Mac. All multiplayer games require registration. Users below 13 years old may not register, but some players don't tell the truth. The multiplayer games have a chat room element, and some players are more interested in chatting than playing!
The game "rooms" are supposed to be separated into PG-13 and NC-17 areas. The latter is supposed to be for adult themes, but the areas seemed similar, and in both, players had X-rated names and asked for private chats. Keep out of the multiplayer games and you'll have a terrific time!
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about what's a good amount of time for playing online games -- draw up some family guidelines for balanced use. Families can also talk about the dangers of downloading files that aren't from a trusted source; parents, remind kids not to download anything without asking you first.