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Ohanarama

ESRB Rating:
Not Applicable
Release Date: June 21, 2011
Game System: PC
Publisher: Ohanarama
Players: 8
Family Friendly Video Games Approved
Family Friendliness: Ohanarama is an online game experience designed for families that has us extremely excited about the possibilities.  With a combination of wholesome gameplay, cool real-life rewards and an emphasis on playing together, we think it’s imperative that any family who plays games on their computers to sign up for Ohanarama so they can experience the future of connected gameplay.

Highlights:
- Ohanarama makes connecting and playing simple, with big, clear instructions and a great guided sign-up process.

- We love how Ohanarama provides real-life rewards for kids who play their educational games via online currency called “Neuros.”

Lowlights:
- Although some of the games are great for kids who are just beginning to play computer games, it is a bit laborious to have to log everyone in and out to take turns.


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Game Details:

Ohanarama is an online games portal that is designed to allow families and friends on different computers to be able to play games together, even if it means taking turns at different times.

Users can sign in to Ohanarama through their Facebook account, or they can create a special Ohanarama login.

Each game is designed to be family friendly.  There are three different game categories – single-player, multiplayer and quizzes.  Right now, single-player is by far the largest category, although we imagine as the site continues to grow, more and more multiplayer and quiz games will emerge.

Just because a game is single-player doesn’t mean there’s not a family challenge element.  In fact, these are some of the best experiences because you can rack up your best high score and it will be there for everyone else in your family to try and beat.  

Multiplayer games currently are Chess, Line-Up Four (which is like Connect Four), Checkers and TicTacToe.  In these games, players must wait for the other players to be logged in so they can take turns.

Ohanarama uses a combination of tokens and neuros as the game’s virtual currency.  Tokens can be used to purchase virtual items such as gifts.  But neuros are earned by kids for playing educational games, and can be used to buy real-life gift cards to a number of retail outlets such as Target, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, Justice and more, or they can be donated to the Starlight Foundation.

Ohanarama is an online game experience designed for families that has us extremely excited about the possibilities.  With a combination of wholesome gameplay, cool real-life rewards and an emphasis on playing together, we think it’s imperative that any family who plays games on their computers to sign up for Ohanarama so they can experience the future of connected gameplay.

www.ohanarama.com

Here is a quick FAQ about Ohanarama from the website’s announcement press release:

How Does Ohanarama Work?

Ohanarama can be accessed for free by anyone with a computer and Internet connection. Parents register themselves and their children through Ohanarama.com or Facebook. Parents and kids then decide who they want to "invite" into the family network. Family members can then log on at any time through Ohanarama.com or Facebook, but kids under 13 can only log on through Ohanarama.com. 

What Does Ohanarama Do?

Members can send scripted or personalized messages and virtual gifts, participate in zany family quizzes, play games by themselves or with a family member, or challenge family members to join them on the leaderboard. Games are curated to be appropriate and fun for all ages, so that parents can rest assured that any activity their child chooses is both entertaining and suitable. Games include popular online games, educational games that adjust to a player's grade level (with adults playing at a fifth grade level), and traditional "old world" games adapted for the Internet, such as checkers, chess and tic-tac-toe. 

Does Ohanarama Cost Anything?

It's free to play on Ohanarama, but players can actually earn something back. There are two different currencies on Ohanarama: Tokens, for virtual items, and Neuros to use toward real world rewards. Tokens can be earned by everyone who plays at Ohanarama and used to purchase virtual items and gifts used inside Ohanarama. Neuros, the Ohanarama cash value currency, can be earned by children when they play Ohanarama educational games. 

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