I'll just borrow Justin Kace
review template here to explain the F2P game of "Free Realms
Free Realms (SOE = Sony Online Entertainment)
MMO Lite slash RPG, a good primer for the young gamer to be introduced into the MMO genre of game play.
Button mashing, but dependent of the Job based ability chosen and the items used in your utility belt. (healing potions or attack items) Also no danger of Mob going aggro on you in the wilds. All combat is instanced based when clicking on a mob.
(This most recent December game update revamped the Combat and user UI)
Simple, great for a TOGer and their child to enjoy together.
(There is a Parental Control
system in place.)
The Paragon role model of what crafting should be in a MMO. Based around a mini-game (various types) that doesn't get old.
The only PvP is for Duels between players. Which ports both users to a private instance.
: Voluntary due to the demographic target audience of tweens.
Jobs based as a form of classes going up to lvl 20 so far per jobs. Free member jobs are: Adventurer, Brawler, Postman, Ninja, Miner to name a few. Paid member jobs are: Blacksmith (makes member only weapons), Warrior, Wizard, Archer, Medic to name a few.
(A past update i read allows everyone to sample any member job up to level 5. After that the member jobs are listed as i stated above via a montjly subscription of $4.99 US. That includes additional content like member only quests and better loot.)
There are 10 server shards, where typically server 1 as the biggest player population.
Very stable since the game is initiated via your web browser, which than launches into a full screen mode.
A F2P game where you can be one of various job based classes. (some jobs are members only) The demographic is aimed towards the Tween audience like "Wizard 101". However many adults are flocking to this game with over 5 million registered users so far.
The crafting system is excellent as the model of all Mmorpg's. The mini-games doesn't make crafting or harvesting feel like a grind, like in other MMO's.
The chat filter doesn't allow numbers and some words. Due to a minor giving out his phone number and the parents complaining. (The dev's are working on correcting this snag-fu.)
Also many minors or kids may spam you with buddy, group, or guild invites without even starting a chat with you. (The Dev's are working on a solution for this issue)
A hybrid of F2P, Micro-transactions, and a member subscription running at $4.99 US per month.
It's browser based where the download is routed through. It does install a hidden directory to your computer. (Admin rights to your system reveals it)
The recent December update has added Player housing. Free members get a spacious apartment room. Paid members get a small 2 room rural house. (micro transactions allows the purchase of a larger home) Both versions of player housing comes with some basic furniture.
Fishing job was recently added. Likewise a new variety of exotic player pets, such as: dinosaurs, unicorns, ponies, & dragons.
Not to forget there are other jobs such as: Soccer, Derby Driver, Race Track Driver (both driver jobs sorta plays like Mario Kart on the Nintendo console.)
I've only scratched the tip of this iceberg for children of all ages.
If you do sign-up we have a small listing of around 10 TOGers that have played in the past. (not sure how active they may be at this present moment)