World of Trinketz (Family Friendly MMO) Review
World of Trinketz offers Facebook fun for the whole family.
In today’s highly connected world, it seems like entire families are constantly online – texting, tweeting, and of course, Facebooking. But with so much content at your fingertips, it is still a sad truth that there is very little in the way of family friendly games. You can find tons of stuff for young kids, and loads of mature content, but finding an MMO that everyone can enjoy together is seemingly impossible. Enter World of Trinketz, an MMO that is safe for adults and kids alike. It has a cutesy, cartoony style that will appeal to young players, and constant quests to keep older kids engaged, all neatly tied together with the convenience of Facebook.
As you begin World of Trinketz, you can customize your player in any way you like, from gender and hair color to outfit and shoes, or just have a character randomly selected for you. After giving your player a name, you are ready to work your way through the very thorough tutorial. The tutorial world walks you through the basics of World of Trinketz, step by step, guiding your every move with a large green arrow pointing towards your next move. You’ll chat with an NPC who tells you what to do next, and then go to her to back to report on your success after each task is completed. Completing various quests will earn you rewards like coins or useful items.
Your character can wander around small areas, picking up items of use, talking with other characters, and taking on quests. By clicking on your character, you can make him/her dance (including a rather ridiculous pop n’ lock), emote (sing, wave, gossip, etc.), or even change the look of your character completely. This is great fun for younger kids, and a nice option for just playing around. The game itself is pretty linear, with quests needing to be completed before you can move on, and a lot of going back and forth to complete quests and then report on them and collect rewards.
Once you have completed the tutorial, you are given your own area and a few Trinketz to start off your collection. Each of the Trinketz must be cared for in the same way – you need to keep them entertained by telling jokes, singing, flirting, etc., you need to keep their health up by feeding them items that match their makeup (wood planks for trees, tin can for wrench, etc.), and you need to fill their energy meters. If their stats are low, they will not be able to perform actions for you, and these are needed to complete your quests. For instance, a tree might grow apples, which you must then use to bake a pie in your oven. Both your tree and oven trinketz must have high enough stats to complete both tasks.
In addition to keeping those bars filled, you’ll need time (or money) to fulfill your quests. Growing an apple of baking a pie takes a really long time, unless you are willing to pay up to speed up the task. This can lead to a little frustration as you try to accomplish things, but there is enough wandering around to be done that it shouldn’t cause a complete standstill in the game. Still, you should expect the need to be very patient if you don’t want to add any real world dollars to the mix.
Overall, World of Trinketz has a pretty good mix of keeping you busy and letting you play around, and should keep several different ages happy. It isn’t perfect though, and there is room for improvement in several areas. First of all, reading is absolutely needed – proficient reading even, which will exclude younger kids who would otherwise enjoy the game. I don’t mind reading everything, but I found the fact that the characters made undecipherable noises and moved their mouths randomly during “talks” a little bit annoying. Even when your character is “singing” to their Trinketz, it is really just a motions only thing.
The biggest annoyance you’ll likely run into with World of Trinketz is the controls. Regardless of whether you choose to use a mouse, the arrow keys, or WASD, the controls really don’t work all that well. You can’t change the orientation of the camera, and movements are very imprecise, meaning you’ll end up spinning in circles trying to desperately to pick up an item or talk to a person that is literally right in front of you, and at times your character will even end up on the very edge of the screen where you can hardly see it. It’s very frustrating, and there doesn’t seem to be much you can do about it. When I had my six year old try out the game, she very desperately wanted to play it and love it, but could not get past the difficulty in controlling her character.
World of Trinketz can be a fun diversion for families looking for a game to play together. With the ease of Facebook, you can add players and join in the game with just a click of the button. Like most Facebook games, you’ll need to have either patience or spare cash in droves in order to advance, but it offers a fun, cartoony environment with lots to do for your trouble. As proficient reading is a must, younger kids will really not be able to play, and the difficulty with controls may turn off the easily frustrated. If you can get past it though, you’ll find an engaging game to while away some time with, free of charge.