IMVU is a social focused experience that is available online for free through a downloadable client (Windows and Mac) with mobile apps (iOS and Android) also available. Some elements of the game such as browsing the available chat rooms and stores is available through your browser however the chat rooms require one of the aforementioned clients.
The game launched back in 2004 and has grown rapidly in that time to tens of million registered accounts and millions of items in its virtual catalogue (most of them designed by users). IMVU has continually reinvented itself since original release allowing it to stay fresh, retain a large audience and ultimately hold its spot as one of the top virtual worlds.
IMVU allows members to create their own 3D avatars, meet people, create items, participate in games and chat in a safe environment. Best described as Facebook with added 3D chat functionality and stores the IMVU experience splits itself between its website and downloadable clients. This mix makes managing your IMVU account easy to do on the go and regularly browse the shop collections without having to be at your computer or opening the primary app which is a nice touch for those players that like to always feel connected to their virtual world.
It is important to note that while IMVU is open to users as young as 13 the major age demographic is between 18 and 24 which has been driven by the mature marketing of IMVU which has pushed the 3D chat features to a mature audience. IMVU does restrict access to accounts based on the age they provide upon signup to ensure the experience is as safe as possible which ensures younger players can still engage with IMVU’s features albeit reduced functionality.
While the core focus of IMVU is connecting with others and customising your avatar some players will find themselves engaging more with the item catalogue where users can create their items and sell them to other players. From creating designs for tops, shoes or entire outfits IMVU makes it easy to focus your efforts on creating rather than socialising if you opt to do so.
Supporting these vast stores of user generated and IMVU created content is the in game economy which uses a credit system. You’ll earn some credits for completing activities and your participation on the IMVU website in general for common tasks. To get large amounts of IMVU credits though you’ll need to make a purchase or alternatively subscribe to the VIP life for a recurring fee that unlocks regular credit income amongst other features such as being a creator, whispers, priority support, remove ads, exclusive items and special gifts.
- Social focused chat room client with game elements available through the website.
- Play for free and unlock additional features through VIP benefits (monthly subscription) or one off credit purchases.
- Create your own content as a creator and sell this through the shop to other players.
- A chat focused experience with a large audience of players predominately over 18.
- In built games and matching features allow you to easily find others with similar interests to chat with.
Review Platform: PC