National Geographic Animal Jam is a massively multiplayer online ( MMO Game) virtual world launched in 2010 by WildWorks in partnership with the National Geographic Society. Initial release date: September 9, 2010 Developer: WildWorks Publishers: WildWorks, National Geographic Society Platforms: Android, iOS, Microsoft Windows, Linux, Macintosh operating systems Type: F2P MMO Game, Educational game
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Since this site is a National Geographic product, it’s expected to have strong nature photos, videos, and graphics; solid information; and generally be a high-quality production and it is. That said, if your child or younger tween isn’t a strong reader or doesn’t have experience with more simple virtual worlds like Club Penguin or Webkinz, Animal Jam could be a bit confusing at first. And some of the games are more arcade-style, less educational. As in most virtual worlds, players earn points that get them online money (“gems”) to buy items for their avatar and avatar’s home, or to play certain more complex games. Overall, a safe, higher-value-than-usual virtual world for tweens. Online interaction: This site has a safe and very structured chat and buddy system. The rules are clear, and it’s easy to ignore, block or report players who are not following the rules. As virtual worlds go, some of the online interaction is very basic and not very worthwhile, but there is enough educational content here that hopefully kids can find meaningful topics about which to interact here.