Website review by Jean Armour Polly, Common Sense Media
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age 13+

Medieval multiplayer game isn't for all kids.

Parents say

age 11+

Based on 102 reviews

Kids say

age 10+

Based on 309 reviews

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age 10+

Banned For Hardwork

So I used to play the original Runescape, and so I knew to do certain things that are well within the parameters of the game. For example, if you set your character to mine, they'll keep going until you either make them stop, or your inventory gets full. So while I was doing that, I was multitasking irl. I gained resources to sell, and it leveled those different things. I didn't go too far from the starting point after the tutorial in the newer game before I didn't log in for a while. I come back to find out I was banned for something called macroing and botting. When I look them up, I see that the stuff I did could be done using some software outside of the game. I don't think this company has heard the saying "Making assumptions makes an a** out of you and me." Just because the behavior looks the same, doesn't mean someone is actually cheating.
age 11+

Online games.

I don't usually recommend online games for anyone younger than 14 because they could be playing with just about anyone, but then again... In the case of RuneScape there is very low level of bad behavior compared to some other games, so maybe you could let as young as 11 year old play this, if you really think they are mature enough! The good thing about RuneScape is that even though it is online it does not force you to necessarily play it with others, you can do pretty much of the stuff by yourself. If you really like/your child likes the game, i suggest paying for the membership fee, the "free game" is only small part of the full version of the game, a lot more things to do in member's game, like most of the quests. I haven't played this game for a long time, but thinking about it your kids can learn a lot from it, like i learned English from it ( i'm from Finland ) and the quests are puzzle like adventures to be solved, so yeah its from the better end of online games when we consider kids. If you are a member you get to play the Oldschool RuneScape which is the one my experience is based on, and i really like its clunky and personal looking graphics, also not being too graphically realistic it might evoke your own imagination a bit more. Be sure to read more info / guidelines etc from the official site of RuneScape. Warning: There is always a possibility of people talking about offensive stuff online, but in RuneScape you can easilly add them to your ignore list and report them too. In RuneScape it is not so mandatory to belong in guilds etc, in fact you could even just be "a skiller" who develops he's non-battle skills, which as well as battle skills can be developed in a solitary play (or playing with friend that you know in real life ) It is possible to consume virtual beer/other alcohol in RuneScape if that makes you worried... Personally i don't find anything else than other players in this game to worry about, and like i said in this game you can pretty much avoid them. ( Someone in the review said that drinking in game alcohol lowers your strength, no it doesn't it increases it but lowers your attack :D ) 5/5 star review is for the OldSchool RuneScape. - From a young adult trying to give sensible reviews of games to help parents.

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  • Genre: Gaming
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Last updated: November 15, 2019

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