Lookie Lookie: Wizard101 has the cookie!
One game, however, stood out among the rest as the Best Family Game of 2009. The nominees were:
- Club Penguin
- Free Realms
- Fusion Fall
- Wizard 101
The Winner: Wizard 101
Wizard 101 has been heralded as the kid’s MMO for adults. The game is geared toward a younger audience with its playful characters and cartoon graphics, but don’t be fooled by its exterior. Inside Wizard 101 is an intense MMO that uses great special effects for spells, daring and risky card game style combat, and a fun universe to explore for players.
The reason Wizard 101 takes home our Best Family Game of 2009 is because kids can play it with their parents and no one will be bored. Hardcore MMO players have come forward and said the game is fun and exciting to them as well.
LOOKIE LOOKIE, WHO HAS THE COOKIE!
YAHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! I am really pleased with this out come. For as much as I still nod-in-appreciation to Club Penguin, this is really a well-deserved win.
Think about it:
Wizard101 came from an independent company without broadcast support (aka, no big dog marketing pushes, like Disney / Cartoon Network / MTV / Sony, etc). It was smart enough to find an IP that could be both independent in content & game play, but also capitalize on a desired-yet-missing brand (HARRY POTTER, PEOPLE).
It’s got boy game play, girl game play, school play, card play, and it effectively finds ways to suck a wallet drive (subscription only gets you so far – potions & rides/mounts are extra $$).
It’s the MMO I play as often as I can, and because I ENJOY playing it – not just for work / research.
What I’d like to see Wizard101 do in the next year?
1. Make houses more important – why do I care I’m in the Fire house? Why do I care others are in the Fire house? Give me reasons to be Fire-House-Evangelist in the game, please!
2. Change the chat set up. By “redding” out the words that I cannot use – you are giving me clues to work-arounds. OH, I can’t say “dork”? Well then, let me try “door k” DONE. Thanks red for telling me WHICH WORDS weren’t allowed, and confusing me other times when you’re not allowing me to say something I need to say (like “fizzling”).
Other than those two wee things – keep on keeping on, Wizard101. I’m psyched for you!!
ON a SIDE note… why the heck is MapleStory in there? Um, last time I played that game a guild named “Pedophile” was causing rukus through the servers… Kids swear like they’re afraid its going out of style, it’s Ad Mad, and it’s not family appropriate.
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