UBFunkeys

Website review by
Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Mattel's game looks cool but stresses buying.

Parents say

age 17+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 4+
Based on 5 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this website.

Positive Messages
Violence & Scariness

In the game's storyline there is an explosion in town. A beloved character is missing and the story says his "remains were never found." The main premise of the game is that the Funkeys must regain control of this make-believe world back from the evil Master Lox and his henchmen.

Sexy Stuff
Language
Consumerism

This site is a commercial for (as well as an online user guide to) the U.B. Funkeys product line. Kids also have to buy a toy in order to play the game on this site. Yet another example of the popular trend of computer and online games in which kids collect or earn fake coins to "buy" items and decorate rooms, etc.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that kids have to buy a U.B. Funkeys Starter Kit (about $20) at a local retailer or online store to play the game on this site. There's a rather complex installation process before the Pokemon-looking Funkeys characters are ready to plug into the USB port of your PC (won't work on a Mac). Also, kids collect or earn fake coins to "buy" items and decorate rooms. Forums are coming soon.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bysabrina2007 April 9, 2008

it's cute and funny

they are cute little criters with their own personalities. Each level has a different challenge. The only thing I don't like about this game is that you ca... Continue reading
Parent of a 6 year old Written bysaberina January 20, 2011

Ethans Funkeys

i like it.ethan likes the blue.
Teen, 14 years old Written bygolder October 30, 2009
Kid, 7 years old May 22, 2010

What's it about?

At UBFUNKEYS.COM, kids can read the popular computer game's storyline; watch video of the games they'll be able to play if they buy the product; read bios of the 40+ Funkeys they can buy; and upload their "crib" they've decorated for friends to see after they've bought and played the game. (Notice the pattern here?) There are a few interactive elements like quizzes and polls about the characters, as well as promises of more community forums and content coming soon.

Is it any good?

There's not a whole lot on UBFUNKEYS.COM except hype about the new U.B. Funkeys computer game and its merchandise.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about consumerism in virtual worlds. There are more than 40 collectible Funkeys, and the more you buy the more you can explore and play on the site. Does the site make you want to buy all the toys? Also, is earning coins incentive to play around?

Website details

  • Genre: Gaming
  • Pricing structure: Free

For kids who love games

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