This post is for those who are searching for more information about the U.B. Funkeys virtual computer game before buying it as a gift for someone.
When you are ready to buy UB Funkeys, here is a guide of where to find them: Where To Buy UB Funkeys
First, you can find an on-line demo at Mattel's official UB Funkey website: UB Funkeys Demo
(Thank you FFM for sending me the email link)
To further help with the decision of buying the UB Funkey game or not, I have my own list of Pro's and Con's. I'll try to keep this as an evolving list where I add what others have to contribute as well. Please leave comments and I'll do my best to add them to the list.
- Although they are collectibles and you need more pieces (Funkeys) in order to play more games, they are affordable, even for the kids to buy with their own gift money or allowance ($4.99 - $7.99 in the retail stores, depending on where you can find the ones you are looking for)
- The game is fun for the whole family. You can have up to 8 login names. Parents like it too, and it can be a bonding experience for the family as they share fun together.
- The game is continuously growing, Mattel has been putting out updates and enhancements every few months and it keeps the game interesting.
- Parents can be sure that their kids are safe playing the game. Even though the multiplayer Funkeys enable play against other people, and there is chat capability, it is all safe in the way that communication is not "free chat". The phrases are all pre-set.
- You don't need to be connected to the internet in order to play the game, although you will need access to the internet for the periodic updates that will come as downloads.
- There are learning opportunities within the game. I especially like the lesson of saving coins to buy something more expensive later, rather than spending the coins on little things as soon as the kids earn them. My son, Liam, has come a long way since he began playing. In the beginning he would buy hundreds of bugs just because he wanted to spend his coins. But now he does save up to a couple thousand at times.
- The game is addicting, and you may find yourself wanting to collect them all, or at least one of each tribe!
- Sometimes they are hard to find and you may be tempted to pay a lot of money buying on Ebay for the new releases (but you can control yourself, and do know that in time they will be easier to find in the stores.)
If there are any more questions, you are welcome to leave a comment here on the blog, or join in on our Funkey Fan Forum . There are lots of great Funkey Fans who can help answer quesions!