Parents need to know that this is an engaging massively multiplayer online game (MMOG) for kids set in a fantasy world involving wizards. Kids will duel using magic spells that have some crude humor including the release of farts. Wizard 101 is COPA compliant and there are several ways to pay for this game. The download of the game is free and there are free areas for children to try out the game, including the ability to play all the minigames. Family plan subscriptions are $6.95 (per account) a month and general subscriptions $9.95. A micropayment plan beginning at $1.00 is also available to obtain permanent access to particular streets or areas within the game. Game gift cards are also available at various retail outlets. This allows parents to structure a reward system for their kids and many families do play this game together. However, it is also a game that ropes kids in for free, and then dangles additional compelling content in front of them to encourage them to become consumers.
Subjects: Hobbies: board games
Language & Reading: following directions, reading
Skills: Self-Direction: achieving goals, identifying strengths and weaknesses
Collaboration: meeting challenges together, teamwork
Creativity: imagination, making new creations
Thinking & Reasoning: decision-making, strategy
Price: Free & Subcription
Available online? Available online
Developer: Kingsisle Entertainment, Inc.
Release date: September 2, 2008
Genre: Massively Multi-player Online Game (MMOG)
Topics: Magic and fantasy
ESRB rating: E10+ for Crude Humor, Mild Fantasy Violence