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World of Warcraft (2004) (WoW) is an online role-playing game set in the fantasy world of Azeroth. You create a character who works with other players to explore, fight monsters and complete quests. It's a hugely popular game that makes lots of headlines, but beyond the commercial success is a game about long-lasting friendships and community.

As you progress you gain talents and skills that further deepen the customisation of your character. You choose a couple of primary professions which enable you to craft items. You can also form guilds with other people, enabling players to chat with each other and exchange items.

Once you have got to grips with the basics of the game, the main interest is the completion of quests that offer experience points, items, and in-game money. These include killing creatures, gathering resources, finding lost objects, visiting locations or delivering items. They are often strung together in a series that must be completed in order. The difficulty of some quests leads to the organisation of groups to tackle more challenging content. The group will need characters of different roles and skills to succeed.

World of Warcraft is set four years after the events of the previous game in the series, Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne. Since it launched, World of Warcraft has had eight major expansion packs: *The Burning Crusade (2007)
  • Wrath of the Lich King (2008)
  • Cataclysm (2010)
  • Mists of Pandaria (2012)
  • Warlords of Draenor (2014)
  • Legion (2016)
  • Battle for Azeroth (2018)
  • Shadowlands (2020)

Our examiner, Jo Robertson, first checked World of Warcraft 3 years ago. It was re-examined by Ellen Robertson and updated 4 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is an Adventure and Role-Play game with Action, Fighting and Strategy elements. You can play this by yourself or as a 1200-player online game.

You can play this game in the following styles:


Play Time: This game will take between 25 hours and 60 hours to complete. Each of the content packs can take up to 60 hours. To complete everything they offer can take hundreds (sometimes thousands) of horus.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 12 because it features realistic violence of a minor nature towards human characters, moderate violence towards fantasy characters, and the use of mild bad language. Human and fantasy characters engage in combat using a variety of physical and magical weapons. Damage is represented through life bars and injuries are not shown. There is infrequent use of bad language, including '*!@?*', '*!@?*', 'buggers' and '*!@?*'.
Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.

Skill Level

12+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it’s important for parents and guardians to ensure they understand in-game purchases and have spending limits set-up.

Account Rating

You don’t need a platform subscription to play this game online.


World of Warcraft

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There are the following additional costs associated with this game:
  • In-Game Purchases: Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.
It's important to set up your accounts and devices appropriately. More information is on our Financial Resources page.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 23/11/2004

Out Now: Mac and PC

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Players: 1 (1200 online)

Genres: Adventure, Role-Play (Action, Fighting and Strategy)

Accessibility: 26 features

Components: 3D Third-Person, Open World and Persistant World

Developer: Warcraft (@Warcraft)

Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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