WoozWorld; a chatroom with dress up characters
As the title of my review states, WoozWorld is basically used as a chatroom with dress up characters. It's most commonly used by teenagers, which is why I rated it 14 and up. I've been playing since I was quite young, under the age of ten (I am now much older), and I've been playing off and on since. Yes, that does sound insane, but it's never more than an hour per time- and here's why.
1) The community. I've found that the community on WoozWorld is very harsh. A lot of them use the game as an outlet for their real life traumas and will vent to anyone who will listen. There's a lot of real life topics in chat. Those of which may include alcohol/substance abuse, violence and in some cases many sexual conversations. They may also talk about abuse (physical, mental and sexual) that they're going through in their real life. Many of the members claim to have an assortment of mental illnesses, and though I think it's immature to doubt them, if you aren't ready to hear about them- I would say avoid the game all together right here. A lot of the people who use WoozWorld at least say that they're above the age of 16, which if that's a worry for you- your children being able to conversation with older people (assuming they're younger), I would stray away from WoozWorld.
2) The Consumerism. A lot of the game is based around dressing up your character to stick to trends. This you will need to buy clothing with the in-game currency. This over the years has become harder and harder to achieve. You can earn "beex" in game by selling your own items in the in game market place, having your own shop, or doing quests. Though the quests are sometimes extremely hard to get through due to the lack updating them. "Wooz" you can get by watching ads, and sadly, that's about it. You can also buy both of these for real life money! Which can range anywhere (from what I've seen!) to $1.99 - $50.00 USD. Which when buying it monthly to keep up with the trends, this money can absolutely begin to add up, and this may be an issue. Another problem I've noticed is that people shun those who don't have "VIP" which is the member status, which can be bought monthly- or a onetime purchase for the selected amount of time. Yes, that can get pretty expensive, especially since you don't get a lot for the price- except a social status and it gets rid of the (COPPA friendly) ads during loading, and if you're playing PC then it gets rid of the ads on the sidebar as well. It gets pricey to stay up with trends, and it's easy to blow $20 USD worth of "Wooz" in less than 15 minutes if something "exciting "comes out in Shopz, though I would give this a plus to an educational outlet- managing money can be rough (as someone who is almost an adult, it is something I personally struggle with) and I will say that I have seen changes from games like WoozWorld on my spending habits (though that doesn't change the fact that they really force you to buy the currency with real life money..)
3) Crude topics. This could go along with community- because they tie in together, but I decided to give this one its own category. A lot of the time on the popular page- there will be places like "Singles and Nons Party" "Pole Club" or even "Smash or Boot", all of which are definitely sexually suggestive and you can choose to avoid them- but they're constantly being advertised. The places themselves contain the crudest people- who will say the meanest things. Bullying people under them, and if you don't look like you've spend tons on the game- they will "subtly" harass you. Though, I have met kind people in places like this who just use the traction of places to find friends.
4) Lack of moderation. I don't think once, in my 6-7 years of playing WoozWorld have I ever seen a game dev in person. Never once has a report I sent in done anything, and even though there's a filter, they still choose not to filter the words that have been around since the BETA days of WoozWorld that people have used to swear. It's insane. The option to report, the claim that they take all of them seriously gives people false hope- especially since I've seen so many reviews, written and sounding like they were from small children of other Woozens asking for sexual favors. It's absolutely disgusting since this game is Child Safety Verified.
So, in a long rant summed up, do I think that WoozWorld should be considered "kid friendly"? Absolutely not, but if you believe personally that your child is mature enough to handle topics that may scar them- or make them rethink some morals you have taught them- I'd say go for it. The graphics are nice, the art style is wonderful and though I may shame the community for not being accepting there is always wonderful gems upon the less wonderful. If you just need a time waster, I'd say WoozWorld would be an absolutely splendid go-to (if you're above the age of 13, with parent's consent)
This title contains:
Violence & scariness
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking