As a gamer parent, spending time with your kids and fostering their enjoyment of similar hobbies is very important, but it can be very difficult with the number of children’s games when compared with adult games-specifically for MMO players. However, here at MMOGames, we’re going to give you some ideas of games to play with your children, as well as let them begin their own adventures! First up, we’re going to have a look at National Geographic’s Animal Jam.
So what exactly is Animal Jam (also called AJ)? Animal Jam is actually a children’s MMO where they generate and customize their animal avatars and “dens” (houses), adopt mini-pets, continue adventures, attend parties, and explore actual life animals along with other life sciences. The video game itself is geared towards children ages ten and above-mainly “tweens”.
Animal Jam Echidna Discovery – Upon entering this game the very first time, a cheery female voice over prompts users to select from a small choice of stylized animals-such as a panda, rabbit, wolf, tiger, etc.-then create a first and compound last name from pre-populated choices on the wheel, which can also be randomized (there is not any means for users to create their own name from scratch).
Animal Jam Character Creation – When a character has been produced, children can provide a username and password. Usernames are limited to specific words, with a few that are unable to be applied in any way. For example, I tried to use “ggchestnut”, and located that “nut” had not been a legitimate word that could be used as part of the username, nor could leet speak variations (including nu7) be used. It really is a valiant attempt from your developers to help curb kids from acting inappropriately.
Next, children enter their parents’ current email address, though should they have their own they could easily enter it themselves. Children must agree to the terms of service before jumping in to the game, having a friendly voice over reminding them “don’t share personal data with anyone online, and remember, be nice and enjoy yourself!”.
As soon as your child signs up for your game, a message will be brought to the parent e-mail address they provided-hopefully not their particular. This email asks parents to supply consent for their child to experience Animal Jam. If consent will not be provided within fourteen days, the child’s account will be deactivated. Upon providing consent, parents will be prompted to make a parent account. From this point, there are various controls that parents can make on or off to limit what their children are capable of doing in the game with chat functions, trading, purchasing, etc.
Animal Jam Parental Controls – The very first thing children do is learn how to move their character by pointing and clicking where they want to go-similar to any action RPG on the market today. Then kids are prompted to customize their character’s colors and markings, and they are generally given a quest to suggest to them how you can use the emotes offered in game. Users are then let loose on earth to learn.
The video game is provided for free to try out, and utilizes two main currencies inside the game-gems, that are earned by logging in daily, playing games, and completing adventures; and diamonds, which are a currency available to those subscribed. The subscription features a few perks including customizing nameplates, enabling past two character slots, and some costume unlocks.
Children can start to play by studying the world, playing video games, attending parties, or engaging in adventures. Levels are something which aren’t necessary, as traditional MMO progression isn’t a large focus in the game. Completing adventures does, however, raise the character’s “Courage Level”, which didn’t seem to do much besides bloat an achievement number.
Adventures required reading short levels of quest text, and having the ability to move the character in an efficient manner to avoid monsters, or bring those to Venus Fly Traps to be eaten. The objectives were simplistic, but entertaining, and the story progressed within an interesting way, sure to maintain the attention of numerous players.
Animal Jam Rabbit Village Adventure – Parties are another big draw in the game, and they are a place for players to attend talk, trade, buy special items, and play games. Some parties are seasonal, such as the AJ Birthday Party. Most yrvgby are available to free players, whereas some other people are limited to those investing in membership. Some parties can also be locked on the animals that can attend. Additionally they offer special stores to purchase items for costuming and decorating player dens.