Fantage Sets Out to Offer Safe Social Gaming for Kids

Mon, May 24, 2010

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TriplePoint client Fantage opened its doors to children and teens alike in 2008. The site, which is short for “Fantastic Age,” allows young players (ages 6 and up) to experience social gaming and meet new friends in a safe, controlled setting.

Fantage is just as much a virtual world as it is a casual games portal (if not more so), in that players are given their own home and can purchase decorations for that home with stars they earn by playing games. You can invite new friends over to your home to show off everything that you’ve done to it, and you an also perform the same customization on your avatar, either by buying new clothing items or costumes (all-in-one outfits), or even boards (avatars hover on hoverboards) for them.

As we said, Stars, the game’s virtual currency can be spent on furniture items and the like, and, as you might expect, there is a split between premium and regular items in the game’s store. All items cost Stars; that is, there isn’t a second currency, but a large portion of the more extravagant items are locked to non-premium members.

Premium memberships run $5.99 per month, all the way up to the discounted $54.99 for 12 months, when purchased in bulk. Aside from purchasing exclusive items, premium members can also upgrade their homes to have more space, or to just celebrate their favorite theme, whether it be outer space, underwater or otherwise.

There are over 25 different activities, including short games, that players can take part in, including miniature golf, go carts, a form of Collapse, a fan poll entitled Fruits Vs. Veggies that sees you changing your avatar’s costume and hoping that fellow gamers follow suit, and multiple original games like Mouse Out, which sees you trying to trap a moving mouse in a turn-based board game, among others. As you might expect, players will earn more stars depending on their performance in the games.

While played through flash windows, Fantage offers multiplayer gaming, and you can choose from a list of servers when logging in depending on how popular or crowded you wish for the environment to be. That is, you can choose a relatively full server if you’d like to chat with lots of new people, or you can choose an empty server if you’d like to play Fantage’s arcade games by yourself.

If you have a child that would enjoy Fantage, send them over to the world’s official website and jump in.

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