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Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Adopt Me! (Roblox) 3 years ago. It was re-examined by Rich Adams and updated 5 months ago.
The main focus is on adopting, raising and collecting the 65 pets. You can also decorate your house and unlock vehicles. Much of this you can do without making additional purchases, but as you progress there is a drive to sell items that enable you to access rarer pets.
There are five ranks: common, uncommon, rare, ultra-rare, and legendary. The most valuable legendary pets include Dragons, King/Queen Bee, Owl, Crow, Reindeer, Turtle, Kangaroo, Unicorn, Griffin, Ninja Monkey and Kitsune. You train your pets by completing tasks. Once you have four fully grown they can be traded for even rarer Neon pets with glowing parts. You can then do this four times to trade them in for a Mega Neon Pet that glows rainbow.
To create a Mega Neon Diamond Griffin would require three Diamond Eggs from a minimum of 1170 consecutive days of playing. That is assuming you hatched the same creature from your Diamond egg each time (1 in 3 chance), so the actual number of days would be much higher.
This ecosystem of pets both encourages extended play time as well as purchasing of currency. Players can also trade these pets with each other, that can lead to disputes if trades are not fair. Children can worry about being scammed because of the level of investment (time and money) they make in their pets.
This game is good if you want to:
- Keep your hands busy
- Keep children's rights at the centre of play
- Make your own playground adventure
- Generate dopamine
- Generate oxytocin
- Grow things and make friends
You can play this game in the following styles:
This has been enjoyed by families in the following styles:
Stars: You are encouraged to play every day by being awarded stars for each consecutive day you visit the game. The stars offer important rewards that eventually provide a Golden Egg which guarantees a valuable legendary pet.
- Golden Egg (195 consecutive days) Golden Griffin, Golden Dragon or Golden Unicorn.
- Diamond Egg (390 consecutive days) Diamond Griffin, Diamond Dragon or Diamond Unicorn.
Rated for younger players in Australia. Rated Parental Guidance (PG) for Mild Violence.
Not that the official rating for Roblox applies to the main game in general (and sample games experiences made by the Roblox company) rather than the content in Adopt Me.
6+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. It's also important to ensure children understand in-game purchases and have spending limits set-up. Very young children will enjoy looking after pets and learning the skills of building a home. But it's important that you play with them at the younger end of this spectrum and set-up credit card passwords to avoid lootbox pitfalls.
Our Game Pathways reveal how 10-year-olds play this game:
- 10-year-old: Enjoying List Making
- In-Game Loot Boxes: Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience. These include in-game purchases of random items (known as 'loot boxes') that offer a chance of getting rare/higher-value items although common/lower-value items are more frequent.
- In-Game Subscription: Subscribe to get regular content or game currency and access to special items.
- Trade Items In-Game: Players can trade items they have earned or purchased, with other players in the game.
You need a subscription to play online:
- You need to purchase a Xbox Live Gold subscription to play online with Xbox One.
Many families choose to pay for an In-Game Subscription that grants access to features and Robux currency for use in any Roblox games without the risk of individual transactions. Outside the game, you can make larger purchases.
This subscription grants 450 Robux a month as well as discounts on buying more Robux and access to selling and trading items with other subscribed Roblox players. The games generally encourage the spending of Robux to progress as a proportion of the money spent goes to the person who creates the game.
You can purchase the Bucks currency to buy food, toys, gifts, eggs, and vehicles. You get Bucks by looking after Babies or Pet's ailments or just playing the game in general. But you can also use Robux (purchased with real money) to gain Bucks to spend in the game or other specific items.
Gifts: The Gifts offer a box "loot box" style chance of unboxing a legendary, limited-time vehicle, such as a Train, a Banana Car, or a Hoverboard. You can also trade items with other players.
Eggs: These allow you to hatch a pet. The type of egg determines how likely you are to get a rare pet:
- Blue Egg (100 Bucks) 0% chance of Legendary
- Cracked Egg (350 Bucks) 1.5% chance of Legendary
- Pet Egg (600 Bucks) 3% chance of Legendary
- Jungle Egg (750 Bucks) 3% chance of Legendary
- Aussie Egg (750 Bucks) 3% chance of Legendary
- Royal Egg (1,450 Bucks) 8% chance of Legendary
Adopt Me Scams: The game has problems with players "scamming" each other out of valuable items through trading. Tricks like promising to give items after trades, or swapping for other Roblox items result in unfair trades or scams. You can report these in the game via the Report button. New measures to reduce scams and thefts in the game were introduced in Nov 2020.
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Release Date: 14/07/2017
Out Now: Android, PC, Xbox One and iOS
Content Rating: PEGI 12
Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds
Players: 100 online
Accessibility: 3 features
Components: 3D Third-Person, Cartoon, Day and Night and Open World
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