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[Review] Hello Kitty Online: Very Much a Niche MMO

SBFordSBFord Associate Editor - News ManagerThe Land of AZPosts: 16,633MMORPG.COM Staff Uncommon

Hello Kitty is one of the most enduring animated characters of all time. We've been playing Hello Kitty Online to see how it stacks up to its legacy. See how HKO fares in our latest review.

The game’s graphics consists of 2D sprites in pastel colors in a vibrantly decorated world.  The Sanrio style is stamped on everything giving the game a cartoony feeling. Everything is cute, even the monsters. So, if you’re prone to cuteness overload you may want to limit your exposure to HKO. The game does offer only two resolutions: 800x600 or 1024x768. This means that playing in windowed mode is the best option if you have one of the larger monitors available today. Otherwise, the lower resolution of the graphics is very obvious.

Read more of Krystina Balogh's Hello Kitty Online: Very Much a Niche MMO.

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  • winterwinter El Paso, TXPosts: 2,276Member Uncommon
      Sooo basically Hello kitty onlie has everything Pirates 101 does except the game of the year award  ;)
  • makiimakii noPosts: 280Member

    I think mmorpg is trolling his loyal fanbase. With hello kitty you guys lost much of your credibility.

  • adam_noxadam_nox hays, KSPosts: 2,036Member Uncommon
    Could have been such a great game, but they went p2w.  Plus there's no full loot pvp.
  • Crazy_StickCrazy_Stick Privacy Preferred, NCPosts: 1,059Member
    It's a game based on an IP squarely aimed at pre-adolescent Asian females (ie kids) and as such can't be rated in the same way you would an MMORPG  game like RIFT or WOW. If it does a good job representing the IP and hitting the sweet spot for the fan kids then it does it''s job. Its not meant to be lasting, difficult, challenging, or any of that more than your average Barbie Doll. You can't be serious with some of this review and I am surprised at the lack of tips for parents...
  • Po_ggPo_gg Twigwarren, WestfarthingPosts: 2,719Member Uncommon

    Oh my... I admit I thought this game is only a joke :) (since I first heard about it from South Park's wow episode, and let's face it, Butters isn't the most credible character). Heck, we even use it as a phrase if somebody says or does something stupid: ok, now go and play some Hello Kitty Online :)  Never checked if there's an actual game or not.

    I think it's only fair if I try it for the lolz. I will do that. As soon as my TSW subscription is... oh wait.  :)

  • PurutzilPurutzil East Stroudsburg, PAPosts: 2,924Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by makii

    I think mmorpg is trolling his loyal fanbase. With hello kitty you guys lost much of your credibility.

    I think that response there loses you credibility in that you can look down upon something negatively just because its not in 'your style'. A game can be great without needing to cater to your particular demographic and being ignorant just cause its designed for a certain audiance to automatically flame a game just shows a very shallow view you have in determining what is 'good' or not. 

     

    Would I play this game? Probably not, but I'd be a fool to mindlessly bash a game I never tried just because of where it was made or its target audience was without giving it a try and seeing just what it has to offer. 

  • TorvalTorval Oregon CountryPosts: 7,217Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by Crazy_Stick
    It's a game based on an IP squarely aimed at pre-adolescent Asian females (ie kids) and as such can't be rated in the same way you would an MMORPG  game like RIFT or WOW. If it does a good job representing the IP and hitting the sweet spot for the fan kids then it does it''s job. Its not meant to be lasting, difficult, challenging, or any of that more than your average Barbie Doll. You can't be serious with some of this review and I am surprised at the lack of tips for parents...

    Yep, as a parent this review didn't do a thing for me.  I'm not going to play the game and if I wanted to know something about it I want to know stuff a parent is interested in like what sort of parental controls does it have, chat controls, how much will game goodies cost, what are the sorts of mini-games and how will my little girl like it?

    This isn't the same sort of game as adult or even all age family games like Wizard101 or Pirate101.  This is in the league with Club Penguin, Webkinz, and has to compete with all the dressup game sites not to mention Hatsune Miku.

     

  • adam_noxadam_nox hays, KSPosts: 2,036Member Uncommon

    Originally posted by Crazy_Stick

    It's a game based on an IP squarely aimed at pre-adolescent Asian females (ie kids) and as such can't be rated in the same way you would an MMORPG  game like RIFT or WOW. If it does a good job representing the IP and hitting the sweet spot for the fan kids then it does it''s job. Its not meant to be lasting, difficult, challenging, or any of that more than your average Barbie Doll. You can't be serious with some of this review and I am surprised at the lack of tips for parents...

     

    and I'm surprised at the lack of common sense some parents have.  You should not even be considering letting someone under 13 play an online game.  They don't need to socialize outside of school and family, and no matter what controls you think are in place, it's just a dumb decision to allow that, facebook, twitter, etc.

     

    Parents considering mmos for their kids should make a deal with mmorpg.com.  One will stop reviewing games aimed at kids, the other will just stop having them.

  • makiimakii noPosts: 280Member
    Honestly...life is difficult and its not alright to say that parents who let theyr kids play mmorpgs lost theyr common sense. Everyone of us has a different perspective at life, its easy to say something is wrong but its hard to find a working solution.
     In my case, i wouldnt let my childs touch mmorpgs.
  • TheocritusTheocritus Gary, INPosts: 3,752Member Uncommon
         Theres no way most of us would ever even try this game.....The embarrassment of saying "I play Hello Kitty Online" is enough to keep the majority of us from even looking at it.....Im surprised it has lasted this long.
  • AtmaDarkwolfAtmaDarkwolf Edmonton, ABPosts: 353Member

    bleh IDK about you but If i had my daughter or neices play anything, i'dbe this. I could play with them, but mostly its a 'safe place' to learn mmo's(Sure are creeps but at least the game itself can teach mmo stuff without being too harsh)

     

    Like most games, HKO has a target audience.

  • RasereiRaserei webster, MAPosts: 1,011Member
    Kids need an MMO too. This is one of them. Not a big deal.
  • DauntisDauntis Kansas City, MOPosts: 550Member Uncommon
    I am not a huge fan of HKO, but the decapitation animations are pretty fluid. Or am I thinking of another game?

    I would like to give an opinion on this post, but if I agree I will offend people who disagree. While if I disagree my comment will be seen as inflammatory. Either way I will get banned by this site full of the most delicate flowers in online gaming. Ban people for giving honest opinions... beautiful. Unfortunately I still like the articles.

  • MarirranyaMarirranya Ortario, OHPosts: 154Member

    i tried this for a couple of days :3

    then i got bored heh xD

    There are people who play games and then there are gamers.

    http://alzplz.blogspot.com

  • LoktofeitLoktofeit Stone Mountain, GAPosts: 13,671Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by Theocritus
         Theres no way most of us would ever even try this game.....The embarrassment of saying "I play Hello Kitty Online" is enough to keep the majority of us from even looking at it.....Im surprised it has lasted this long.

    For you. The entire market isn't made up of jaded bittervets, though. You probably also wouldn't touch Wizard 101 or Maple Story.

     

    As for HKO being embarrassing, I kinda like having a Loktofeit@HelloKitty.com email address. :)

     

    There isn't a "right" or "wrong" way to play, if you want to use a screwdriver to put nails into wood, have at it, simply don't complain when the guy next to you with the hammer is doing it much better and easier. - Allein
    "Graphics are often supplied by Engines that (some) MMORPG's are built in" - Spuffyre

  • TorvalTorval Oregon CountryPosts: 7,217Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by Loktofeit
    Originally posted by Theocritus
         Theres no way most of us would ever even try this game.....The embarrassment of saying "I play Hello Kitty Online" is enough to keep the majority of us from even looking at it.....Im surprised it has lasted this long.

    For you. The entire market isn't made up of jaded bittervets, though. You probably also wouldn't touch Wizard 101 or Maple Story.

    As for HKO being embarrassing, I kinda like having a Loktofeit@HelloKitty.com email address. :)

    ^^ Gamer.  Good post.  This is why we need a like button. 

    How can a gamer be embarrassed for... gaming?

  • GrrlGrrl B-Town, CAPosts: 364Member
    The game sucks. The only way it'd be better if it was 3D and has WASD controls. Hello Kitty is a huge market line and they butchered it this way whereas they could've done it better like other mmorpgs. In other words, it totally needs a big revamp. 
  • sadWindssadWinds nocityPosts: 115Member
    damn this game cool.. i'll stop playing gw2 and make hko my main mmo

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  • OzmodanOzmodan Hilliard, OHPosts: 7,191Member Uncommon

    It serves the market it was designed for well.  Although I think there are much better kids games with better parental controls than this game.  I certainly would not recommend it for someone looking for their kids to play a MMO type game though.

    Like someone said, if you have fun playing the game, then it achieved it's purpose.

  • Mors.MagneMors.Magne LondonPosts: 1,420Member
    This game should have been reviewed on April Fool's Day from the perspective of a hardcore PvPer who tried to grief other players.
  • fafdsfrfafdsfr Plymouth, MNPosts: 3Member

    Originally posted by Theocritus

         Theres no way most of us would ever even try this game.....The embarrassment of saying "I play Hello Kitty Online" is enough to keep the majority of us from even looking at it.....Im surprised it has lasted this long.

     

    I'm sure a lot of us thought the embarassment of saying "I watch My Little Pony" would keep it from getting big. Take a look where that ended up.

  • DurrayDurray NorwichPosts: 174Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by adam_nox

    Originally posted by Crazy_Stick

    It's a game based on an IP squarely aimed at pre-adolescent Asian females (ie kids) and as such can't be rated in the same way you would an MMORPG  game like RIFT or WOW. If it does a good job representing the IP and hitting the sweet spot for the fan kids then it does it''s job. Its not meant to be lasting, difficult, challenging, or any of that more than your average Barbie Doll. You can't be serious with some of this review and I am surprised at the lack of tips for parents...


     

    and I'm surprised at the lack of common sense some parents have.  You should not even be considering letting someone under 13 play an online game.  They don't need to socialize outside of school and family, and no matter what controls you think are in place, it's just a dumb decision to allow that, facebook, twitter, etc.

     Parents considering mmos for their kids should make a deal with mmorpg.com.  One will stop reviewing games aimed at kids, the other will just stop having them. In my opinion 

    Thought I would add that for you,

    You were spouting an awful lot of what sounded like Conservative American rubbish as though it was Gospel. If you are a fellow Brit I apologise now, but it sounds so painfully sanctimonious its hard to read. 

    1. You do not now or ever have to right to tell parents how to raise their children

    2. Your incredibly narrow views about social media and gaming seem so out of touch as to be laughable in the 21st Centuary. In my humble view.

     

     

  • apocolusterapocoluster newport news, VAPosts: 1,321Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by Durray
    Originally posted by adam_nox

    Originally posted by Crazy_Stick

    It's a game based on an IP squarely aimed at pre-adolescent Asian females (ie kids) and as such can't be rated in the same way you would an MMORPG  game like RIFT or WOW. If it does a good job representing the IP and hitting the sweet spot for the fan kids then it does it''s job. Its not meant to be lasting, difficult, challenging, or any of that more than your average Barbie Doll. You can't be serious with some of this review and I am surprised at the lack of tips for parents...


     

    and I'm surprised at the lack of common sense some parents have.  You should not even be considering letting someone under 13 play an online game.  They don't need to socialize outside of school and family, and no matter what controls you think are in place, it's just a dumb decision to allow that, facebook, twitter, etc.

     Parents considering mmos for their kids should make a deal with mmorpg.com.  One will stop reviewing games aimed at kids, the other will just stop having them. In my opinion 

    Thought I would add that for you,

    You were spouting an awful lot of what sounded like Conservative American rubbish as though it was Gospel. If you are a fellow Brit I apologise now, but it sounds so painfully sanctimonious its hard to read. 

    1. You do not now or ever have to right to tell parents how to raise their children

    2. Your incredibly narrow views about social media and gaming seem so out of touch as to be laughable in the 21st Centuary. In my humble view.

     

     

    He seems to me to be just looking to start a fight..any fight :)    I love using this game as a response for when other ask what game they should play :)   I guess one of these days I should check it out just to not be a "total hypocrite"  lol just a casual one

     

    No matter how cynical you become, its never enough to keep up - Lily Tomlin

  • BuffkittenBuffkitten Boston, MAPosts: 1Member

    Everything I just wrote was mysteriously absent from my final post.  What happened?

     

    tl;dr version:

    IMO, forbidding access to online socialization is a mistake. Supervision and guidance are far more effective, and teach children to protect themselves.

  • ToothmanToothman Greenfield, WIPosts: 72Member

    Originally posted by Durray

    Originally posted by adam_nox



    Originally posted by Crazy_Stick



    It's a game based on an IP squarely aimed at pre-adolescent Asian females (ie kids) and as such can't be rated in the same way you would an MMORPG  game like RIFT or WOW. If it does a good job representing the IP and hitting the sweet spot for the fan kids then it does it''s job. Its not meant to be lasting, difficult, challenging, or any of that more than your average Barbie Doll. You can't be serious with some of this review and I am surprised at the lack of tips for parents...





     

    and I'm surprised at the lack of common sense some parents have.  You should not even be considering letting someone under 13 play an online game.  They don't need to socialize outside of school and family, and no matter what controls you think are in place, it's just a dumb decision to allow that, facebook, twitter, etc.

     Parents considering mmos for their kids should make a deal with mmorpg.com.  One will stop reviewing games aimed at kids, the other will just stop having them. In my opinion 

    Thought I would add that for you,

    You were spouting an awful lot of what sounded like Conservative American rubbish as though it was Gospel. If you are a fellow Brit I apologise now, but it sounds so painfully sanctimonious its hard to read. 

    1. You do not now or ever have to right to tell parents how to raise their children

    2. Your incredibly narrow views about social media and gaming seem so out of touch as to be laughable in the 21st Centuary. In my humble view.

     

     


    He was mostly over the top but to rebut you.  When I have to pay for someone elses kids I certainly do have the right to tell parents how to raise them.

     

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