Virtual games are addictive, and monitoring their content for a younger audience is a huge parental task. This Techspirited article lists fun and educational games like Toontown Online which parents can definitely introduce to the younger generation.
The Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB®) rating system is a tool providing guidance on the content and age-appropriateness of computer and video games for kids. This tool can be very helpful to parents for monitoring the content and children’s activities while they playing these computer games.
Toontown Online is a fantasy, fun game between an animal kingdom known as the Toons and a group of evil robots known as the Cogs. They are constantly at loggerheads with each other. The town is always terrorized by the Cogs, and the objective of the game is to not allow them to conquer it. The player can choose and customize a toon from a variety of animals, sizes, and colors, and proceed to complete tasks, play mini-games, and battle with the Cogs.
Toontown Online was given the Computer Gaming World ’s MMORPG of the Year award and several more from various gaming websites and magazines. It was also the first MMO designed with aspects pleasurable for family gameplay.
Below are some virtual fun games on similar lines of the Toontown for children to enjoy.
Developed by: KingsIsle Entertainment
Platforms: Windows, OS X
An exciting role-playing game where the player takes on the role of a wizardry student and resides in the Spiral Universe and defends this place from enemy attack. The player can gain access to the Spiral worlds through crowns, a premium currency, or through a membership that allows unlimited access to all the Spiral worlds within the Spiral Universe. Badges represent progression into the next level. Other additional fantasy badges can be obtained by completing the gaming tasks. The player can also pursue other hobbies like gardening, improving casting spells, training pets, fishing, and furniture craft that are useful during the cosmic magical battle. The maximum level one can reach is 100.
Developed by: New Horizon Interactive
RocketSnail Games Disney Interactive
A cartoon Disney game where the player experiences life in a virtual snowland as a penguin, and has to move about the snowland with different role plays indulging in snowball fights, earning stamp rewards by completing missions, and competing with other players from around the world in mini-games. The game version is free, but it also features a membership that can grant access to privileges like dressing up your virtual penguin in stylish clothes and decorating your igloo. If you like the idea of being in a winter wonderland, then this game appeals big time.
Developed by: Jagex Games Studio
Platforms: Java, HTML5 (beta)
Enter into the virtual 3D fantasy kingdom of Gielinor in a medieval era where one can conquer different empires. This game has no storyline, and the player has to create an engaging story creating various avatars, fight monsters, mythical creatures, collect resources, and enter into mysterious quests through expeditions on foot, charter ships, or magical spells. Players can also trade, execute mini-games, and chat with other players internationally. Players can develop their skills for which they receive rewards. The ultimate skill level is 99 with players receiving a cape of accomplishment after they successfully complete the desired set of skills. If the role of a medieval conqueror entices you, then you are sure to get hooked.
Developed by: Smart Bomb Interactive
Supported by the National Geographic educational content, this game offers animal paradise in controlled parental settings. Players can experience various ecological environment in the land of Jamaa. They can choose a particular environment to survive, and create animal avatars who then get dens to stay in. Exploring various ecological settings is great fun. The animal avatars can be accessorized along with the dens. Various exciting storylines and facts keeps the players engaged in the game, and so do the reward points on collection of facts. The game also offers a paid membership into the Animal Jam club to access exciting game benefits. It also educates the players on planet conservation, wildlife, and global awareness. Parents can monitor the chat rooms which are safe and fun for children to learn about animals and environment.
Developed by: Viacom (2005-2014)
Knowledge Adventure (2014-present)
Platforms: Cross-platform, web game
In the virtual world of , one can adopt various pets or create them. There are various exciting themes from pirates to Halloween and Christmas. The pets in this world, need care and attention to grow and flourish on this mystical land. Also, the player can earn Neopoints, the currency of Neopia, by playing arcade-style mini-games.
Developed by: Roblox Corporation
Platforms: Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, iPad 2+, iPhone 4+, iPod touch 5th generation, Android
Designed for the teenagers, this game allows players to create avatars and different virtual worlds. The avatars can be dressed and designed according to the player’s wish. A player can easily keep tabs on other players in this game portal. It also features a currency called “Tickets” and “Robux” along with accomplishment badges. The player can also use the programming language Lua to change the environment of the game. One can gain access to the exclusive Builders Club through memberships to avail more gaming options. Various themes based on holidays and events hold the player’s interest.
Marvel Super Hero Squad Online
Developed by: Unity3D
Platforms: Microsoft Windows, OS X
Exclusively developed for the fans of Marvel superheroes, the players can form a world saving squad by collecting various superheroes and honing their skills. There is the gold and silver point system in the game which allows the players to obtain new heroes and buy additional items from the headquarters. An open beta version of the game is also available.
Developed by: Renaissance 2.0 Media
Platforms: Microsoft Windows
This virtual game is a huge platform powered by a community of children, parents, educators, and gamers. It is targeted for an audience in the age group 5 – 15. A player can create avatars, attend fashion shows, complete quests, and earn gold points on winning. He or she can also build cute tree houses and decorate them with posters and furniture. The player can also adopt a flying pet as his or her companion. Multiplayer level challenges are also available. Parents who purchase the membership version of the game can keep track of their children’s playtime through regular site emails.
Developed by: KingsIsle Entertainment
Platforms: Windows, OS X
Be the captain in the fantasy, virtual Land of Pirates, and claim the treasures of the sea. The player can attempt various treasure quests and gain entry into the next level of the game. He or she can command the airship, fire guns and cannons at the enemy using magic, unlock new worlds, and discover hidden treasure in board game combat style. One can partake in the booty, wearing nifty boots and stylish eye patches, battle mythical creatures, and train pets.
Developed by: Dohi Entertainment
MilMo is adventure-oriented and definitely designed with the younger audience in mind and has a simple gameplay. Majority of the gameplay takes place across a number of islands that are full of interesting areas, hidden treasures, items, and surprises. Besides questing, players can explore every inch of the all the islands in the game to find hidden exploration tokens. There are also a score of stories, their aspects and puzzles that players can explore, thus, enhancing the gameplay. This game has improved parental control.
All the above games provide parental guidance, and create a safe environment for the children.