Club Penguin is basically Disney's virtual world for kids. Chester is growing up in a digital world, very different to my childhood, but I am happy with that. He is a whizz with all things internet, and he was very excited to get started with his review!
We also received the club penguin magazine, which I suspect is aimed at slightly older children. However, Chester loved it, he was able to get some great hints and tips about the game before we had even signed up! The free stickers are currently plastered around our house!
I helped Chester set up his Club Penguin account, it was all very straight forward, and I was very pleased to see they asked questions about parental control, you can even limit the time your child spends on Club Penguin. Its clear to see that they take internet safety for children very seriously. I feel happy to let Chester play this game, safe in the knowledge that Disney are doing all they can to keep this a safe, fun and friendly game for kids.
Our only gripe was that when naming our penguin, all the names Chester had chosen were already take. So that part of the process took a long time, we eventually came up with a combination of names to make a new name for the penguin!
As an adult, you would think that I would be able to find my way around a game. WRONG!! Chester had to show ME!! I am still laughing about this now, oh the shame!
Chester instantly wanted to buy some Puffles, he seemed to know what they were and where to find them. It turns out they are funny little fluffy pets for the penguin! You can name them too!
He needed to earn some coins to buy the Puffles, so we went and explored the games. The Pizza making one is VERY addictive, and I certainly did not play this after Chester had gone to bed.....
Club Penguin is free to play, however, you can also purchase membership to access further privileges. I was pleasantly surprised at the cost of membership, its only £3.95 a month. You can purchase online and get discounts depending on how many months you buy. OR you can buy subscription gift cards in most supermarkets. I thought this was a great idea, I mean what a fantastic birthday gift idea!
Chester has been playing Club Penguin for a few days now and he is really enjoying exploring the game and finding new objects and places.
As a parent, I am more than happy to let him continue playing this game. We have downloaded it onto my Ipad and also played it on the laptop. Both are easy to navigate and its free to download the app. It seems to me that it is a fun and safe game with educational aspects too! I have enjoyed playing it with Chester, but I would also be happy to let him play it by himself.
Have your children played Club Penguin? Would love to know what they think...