7 Great Virtual World Games for Kids and Adults

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A virtual world game lets you be anyone you want. Escape to a new world to mingle, decorate your space, and, in some games, even work at a job.

The games we've listed below are of quite the variety. Some are perfect for younger kids while others are definitely meant for adults. Some of these virtual world games are presented as-is while others are fully customizable.

Although these roles are incredibly fun to simulate, a monthly subscription is required for some games in order to maintain server costs.

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Second Life offers something that similar services like The Sims Online does not: a complex social and economic structure.

You can fully customize your home and appearance, explore fun and new destinations by teleporting there, create content, play games, and make money selling items, land, music, and more.

To get started, just choose an avatar and username, enter your email and name, and then install the software on your computer. 

You can get Second Life on Linux, Windows, and macOS. The basic membership is free but to be able to create your own home in Second Life and have access to extras like gifts, you must pay for the premium version.  More »

Jump into hundreds of unique worlds in Active Worlds, and immerse yourself in games, shopping, and hanging out with others. 

This virtual world game is a sandbox where you can build whatever you want, but lots of places are included for you to explore. See the Cities & Towns you can jump into, Fun & Games you can play, and even Real World Replicas and Historical sites you can visit.

Rick’s Café, Pollen World, Fantasy World, and Castles World are samples of worlds you can be a part of when you join Active Worlds.

Making an account at Active Worlds involves creating a "citizenship," which is free. Active Worlds runs on Windows, macOS, and Linux. More »

Toontown Rewritten is an updated and active version of Disney's ToonTown game where kids can hang out online to create toons and play games with others. It's entirely 3D and perfect for children.

Start by making a toon with all the customizations you want it to have, and then follow on-screen instructions to control your toon and interact with the 3D world.

Windows, macOS, and Linux users can install Toontown. The game is 100% free.

Note: This game is not affiliated with Disney's now-discontinued ToonTown game. More »

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Unlike some virtual world games, every single avatar in Twinity is a real person. This means that each person you meet in the game is a real individual that you can become friends with regardless of where they live.

Once you find someone you want to chat with, you can even use your real voice to speak to them as if they were right there with you. You can also explore locations, customize your avatar, build your own apartment, and more.

Choose an avatar and then enter a few details about it to download the Twinity client to your computer. This game is free and works with Windows only. More »

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The IMVU virtual world game is advertised as the "#1 avatar-based social experience," and it blows the others out of the water when it comes to 3D animation. The characters are very realistic and make the game that much more fun to play.

The primary world you're in when playing IMVU is a small room with a handful of chairs. This is where you wait for other users to join in so you can chat (over text) with them. You can set your status as available or make it so that only friends or adults can chat with you.

The basic room is free but you can build your own when you have enough credits, as well as shop for new items like outfits, pets, poses, and furniture.

There's also a "Get Matched" area of IMVU where you can match up with other users, much like an online dating account.

Unlike some virtual world games, this one is a point-and-click style game, meaning that you click where you want to move or sit, and interact with all items using the mouse.

IMVU works on Windows PCs as well as Android and iOS devices. More »

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InWorldz is the perfect virtual world game to download if you like to truly create and change your world. When compared to the others in this list, the InWorldz virtual world game is the most customizable.

This game lets you upload textures and scripts, made in programs like Photoshop and GIMP so that you can create exactly what you want. You can do precisely what you want when you want, and the limits of what you have or what you can achieve are determined by you.

InWorldz is completely free to use and works with Linux, Windows, and macOS. However, InWorldz Plus is available for a monthly cost if you want some additional features. More »

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Play, shop, explore, and talk in the online 3D game called There. Just pick a name and avatar to start taking part in the virtual world.

There lets you fly, dance, race, party, join thousands of clubs, and more. Not only do you get to go shopping and text or audio chat with friends, you can even take part in events like Halloween. 

If you're a designer, you can build and sell custom products that others can use in the virtual world. For compensation, you get what's called Therebucks that you can use as a virtual currency.

There works on Windows only and costs $10 each month. There is, however, a "Silent Trial" avatar you can use to have limited (but free) interaction in the virtual world. More »