But what is Kippo? Is Kippo a dating app!?
I feel like Kippo needs an intro of some kind before I walk you through my thoughts and what the features are.
Kippo originally launched in 2018 and is (now) both a dating app and social app that’s metaverse-based. I wasn’t sure if it was still considering itself a gamer dating app after its pivot, but after I set up my profile and poked around, it asked if I was there for dating! So, it looks like it still is, but you can
use it to find friends and game together.
You’ll have an avatar you can customize which makes it feel gamer-esque inherently. Imagine something like a mini Decentraland & dating combined, and that’s what you get here.
The user base and target audience skew younger, so if you’re an elder millennial or older, you may feel like a fish out of water.
For ME though, I was really intrigued to try this new form of dating.
The TL;DR on Kippo dating app
Some quickie notes about the Kippo app: It was confusing to find at first and can only be used via a mobile app. Once I signed up, I was able to match with a bunch of cuties really quickly but it’s definitely not a place for quick hookups or casual sex. It lets you turn off DMs so you can browse first before chatting.
I was pleasantly surprised to find genuine profiles
a nice mix of men, women and non-binary instead of it being overly male.
In case you’re curious before joining, here are some quick answers to common questions:
How to delete Kippo account:
Head over to “settings” on the main screen that shows your avatar’s “room.” Once you’re in there, scroll down to the bottom to “delete app” and voila!
Is all my data deleted if I cancel Kippo account?
Yep, all your matches and conversations will be gone, so only delete this if you're absolutely sure. You can also keep your account active but remove it from your home screen if you need a break.
Can I deactivate Kippo account?
Oooo. I almost forgot about this. Head over to the same place where the “delete account” option is. Click that, and it’ll also give you the option to hide your profile there. Alternatively, you can just turn off “show me on Kippo” in your settings and it does the same thing.
Can I use a real profile pic on the Kippo dating app?
Yes! You can. I have a real profile pic (which gets pulled into the dating part of the app) and an avatar as well.
Is there a paid Kippo account?
Yep. “Kippo Infinity” is the paid option.
Does my subscription cancel if I delete Kippo account:
No! It doesn’t, so make sure you cancel your subscription too, otherwise you’re paying for nothing.
Is there a Kippo trial?
Not that I found.
Are profiles verified?
No, but you do have to register with a phone number or Apple ID (if it’s iOS). The latter is technically a form of verification, but there’s no way to verify ID and have that display on your profile.
Is there a Kippo App?
You must have skipped my intro ;) Yep, there’s
an app now, so if you’re someone that wants the desktop experience and hates looking at dating profile pics on a tiny screen, this isn’t for you. But even so, consider giving it a try because it’s pretty fun on the app.
The Kippo app is available on both iOS and Android, so blue bubble and green bubble users can come together.
What’s the sign up process like for Kippo dating app?
As I mentioned, the sign up process will be 100% mobile. It was really quick compared to some of the other gamer dating apps I signed up for. This is what it looked like when I signed up with my iPhone:
Go to the app store (Apple’s App Store or Google Play) and download Kippo. From there, you’re able to sign up with a phone number. For iOS, you can also choose to sign up with your Apple ID.
It asked me to enter my first name and last name (via two separate screens/steps).
Next up was entering my birthday.
Then it asked me to add a profile pic (this should be your actual IRL photo… the avatar comes later)
Then it asked me to approve permissions for notifications and location. I normally turn these off to start, but when I did that it wouldn’t let me bypass the screen. Sorry gals… you can turn it off after you sign up. ALSO! You can’t change your location since it geolocates you.
Anddddd we’re in the homestretch finally! Next, you’re dropped onto the main screen and then asked to make an avatar.
This part was fun, but there were limited options. I was able to choose skin and hair color, hair style, a shirt, pants, and shoes.
After you save it, a screen pops up that lets you know you can’t easily change skin and hair color after you hit save, so make sure you’re choosing what you want right away!
Head over to the second tab on the bottom and it’ll ask if you wanna use Kippo for dating. I hit yes, and was off to the (metaphorical dating) races.
After that, it has more options for setting up your profile. The next few screens asked what I gender identified as and what gender I wanted to match with. This lets me select multiple from the list, something other dating sites didn’t let me do during the setup process.
And FINALLY… it gave me a screen with a quick tutorial on how things work, and I was able to start looking for some gamer hotties. 🥳
But wait, theeeeere’s more. You have to go back in to set up the rest of your profile information. Click “profile” on the main avatar screen and go to “edit” where you can,
Add up to 4 pics
Choose a username
Choose your favorite games:
and there’s practically everything to choose from
Add cards to your “deck”:
This was really creative. You scroll through and pick different types of “cards.” Things like “about me” which include your background, lifestyle, compatibility info and so on, anime cards, your console collection, love languages (side note: this is the second gamer dating site that had this! Are we becoming enlightened to personality tests?!), a profile for your pet (called your Sidekick), and sooooo many more things.
What’s searching and matching like on Kippo app?
The Kippo dating app has your usual search filters and was really intuitive after just a few minutes of use. I was able to browse by,
- Gender identity
- Distance/location radius
- Age range
- Option to hide people just looking for friends
What I thought was unusual is not being able to filter by a lot of the other information you can add to your profile, like finding people who use the game consoles I do, play the games/genres I like, matched my love language, etc. 🤷🏼♀️
The Kippo app’s algo gods also serve up some cuties for you to match with on your feed, and I really dig how visual the profiles are. It was easy to scroll down and get a quick glimpse of what someone was like from the cards they added.
It also didn’t feel like I was looking at the same profile info OVER AND OVER again since there’s a variety of cards.
Every profile lets you hit the X if you don’t like them, a <3 to let them know you think they’re attractive, and a message icon to send them a DM. If you accidentally X or <3 someone and didn’t mean to, you can rewind and go back to fix it. This saved me a ton of time despite being indecisive. 😓
Is the Kippo dating app free?
There’s a free version of the Kippo app you can use without needing to upgrade! There’s also a paid version called “Kippo Infinity.”
Free Kippo dating app features I could use
The free app felt pretty extensive and I didn’t even realize I was missing anything until I started matching with a lot of people and trying to slide in their DMs. The free version features are,
Profile and avatar:
Setup a profile and avatar. You get up to 4 profile pics in your profile.
DMs/Messages: You’ll be able to send and receive DMs but only 1 per match per day. *sigh*
Block DMs: Don’t want DMs? You can also block them, as well as block messages from people outside of your age range.
Add Web3 wallet and land:
Navigate the metaverse aspects of it and add your Web3 wallet for land (this was a bit out of my realm and not really related to dating so I’m not gonna talk about this).
Get algo-based matches.
While basic, you do get access to search filters.
X or <3:
You can go through each profile and ❌ or ♥️ gamers (up to 30 a day)
The only thing that felt limited was the messaging aspect since they cap you for the free account.
Kippo Infinity Upgrade paid subscription features
If you click on Kippo Infinity from your avatar’s home screen, you’ll be able to upgrade for a pretty low fee depending on how many months you want.
- $14 for 1 month
- $53 for 6 months (about $8.83/month)
- $79 for 12 months ($6.58/month)
These prices are surprisingly good compared to most other dating apps. I could forgo a few cups of coffee to let me roam free on the Kippo app!
The Kippo Infinity upgrade lets you…
Browse and match with more gamers:
Browse and match with as many gamers as you want, instead of just 30.
You can send unlimited DMs/messages (woo! This is great for power users).
See who likes you 🕵️
Add more cards (up to 7) to your profile.
Custom chat color:
I could care less about this tbh, but someone who is
aesthetically obsessed than me will love it.
For those of us who are obsessed with tiny little moving pictures.
Did I think the paid Infinity upgrade was worth it? If you’re a power DMer and looking to match with gamers ASAP, then yep it’s worth it. I didn’t upgrade for a week or two but was really happy I did.
Could I live without it?
but for now I’m enjoying being able to send messages whenever I want and seeing who likes me, ‘cause I’m a sucker for that.
What sets Kippo dating app apart from other gamer dating sites?
It felt like using the Kippo dating app immersed me in a whole other world since it was metaverse based. It was also visually pleasing, intuitive, and FUN to decide who I wanted to match with. What I thought set it apart was:
- Being metaverse-centric.
- Allowing both friendships and dating.
- Having avatars to use in conjunction with your profile pic.
- The free app had great features on its own AND was ad-free. What a relief, considering how ad heavy a lot of other dating apps are.
- Visually different.
- Unique ways to build your profile with “Cards.”
Kippo dating app review of pros and cons
K, bbs. I used the Kippo app for a couple of weeks and have a few thoughts on pros and cons overall.
What I liked about Kippo app
There was a
to like about the Kippo dating app! Some of what I considered pros were,
AESTHETICS: This was a gorg app to use.
Ability to turn off DMs:
If I wanted to browse quietly or without feeling harassed, I could turn off DMs or limit them to just my age range.
Cards: It felt like there were a ton of ways to describe myself or show my interests with the number of card “types” to choose from. And once again, this gamer dating site ALSO had a card for Love Language.
Their gender and sexuality options were very inclusive.
Ability to choose multiple genders in search:
Surprisingly, this isn’t a given on a lot of dating sites. I could choose both men and women without setting up a separate search, which made me a happy gal.
A world outside of dating:
There are other features to play with if you’ve found a match and aren’t into dating anymore thanks to its metaverse-based focus.
Free features: These were pretty extensive so if I didn’t want to upgrade right away, it was totes fine.
Yup, a nice cleaaaaaan interface.
I really liked who I was matched with and there were definite gamer hotties here. :D
- It felt safe: Nothing felt skeevy around these parts.
What didn’t jive with me about Kippo app
Though this didn’t feel like a long list when I really mulled it over, here’s what I kinda didn’t like about Kippo app:
Ok, I don’t mean the ratio is skewed, but when I had both men and women in my search filter, I was served predominantly men by the algo gods. 🤔
With only being able to add 4 pics total, I couldn’t really get a good sense of the people I was swiping through.
… Ability to turn off DMs: Ha, I know I mentioned this in my “pros” list BUT, if you wanna chat with someone and they have their DMs turned off then… you’re SOL.
No video chat:
This was a bummer, since I love chatting with people face to face when I can.
Ok, I know I said this was really intuitive, but that’s likely because of my age and what I use on a daily basis. Going back to my main avatar home screen, I still found myself having to get into the mindset of “what do I have to VISUALLY click to get where I want to go.” After a while it was second nature, but there may be some fumbling around initially.
Search filters could be better:
wish I could search by Cards.
So, final thoughts for my Kippo dating app review?
I thought this was really fun to use, and I’m still on it. It didn’t feel like a sus place for women to find matches, like a lot of other dating sites, and there weren’t a ton of red flags to me.
If you’re someone looking to date another gamer while using a dating site that feels gamified, this is perfect for you. The only downside is everything requires the app itself so I couldn’t use my desktop if I wanted to, but that didn’t feel like a huge trade-off given what Kippo app is trying to do in the metaverse space.
If you’re still not sure, hop into their Discord and chat with people using it! Overall, I stuck with the paid Kippo Infinity subscription so I wasn’t limited in matches or messages. Maybe I’ll see you over in the metaverse!?