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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Apple Knight is an action game for iOS and Android devices. The game features a lot of violence, and while there isn't any blood or gore shown, the main character faces numerous physical threats, ranging from bats to balls of fire. Players can sometimes avoid other characters by jumping over them, but otherwise may fight them, primarily using a sword, until they die. Players can purchase items such as coins, which can be used to obtain new abilities, for $0.99 to $49.99. Ads are a pretty frequent occurrence and appear between levels if you die, but players can often click out of them soon after the ads start. The guidance they get when they begin to play doesn't explain all aspects of the game -- they may still have questions about how to open treasure chests, for instance, or see an instruction to light a checkpoint fire, but not know why -- and there's no FAQ or other resource to check for answers. But the gameplay is fairly intuitive, particularly if they've played similar action-quest games before.
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What's it about?
Players fight opponents and gather coins and other items in APPLE KNIGHT. On-screen arrows and buttons enable moves such as walking left or right, jumping, or swinging their sword. They need to try to avoid pitfalls, such as opponents who toss rocks or other objects, which can cost them a life. They can choose from four difficulty levels -- story, casual, hard, or ultra-hard -- and customize their character's weapons and other elements. Collecting apples lets you throw them at foes as well. Coins can be used to buy character abilities and skins.
Is it any good?
Featuring pixelated graphics, this game has an almost late 1980s-early 1990s console feel to it that's very enjoyable. Players assume a male or female character's identity and make their way through various obstacle course scenes, trying to avoid threats and pick up coins and other items in Apple Knight. They battle opponents they encounter (really, anyone in their path), sidestep pits filled with spikes, and scoop up apples periodically that can later be used as weapons. Clues occasionally pop up alerting them to things like a secret chest containing rewards that's nearby.
The on-screen controls -- which allow players to do things like move back and forth, jump high or low, and run -- respond pretty well. The game's backstory is a little vague, at least in the beginning, and the game seems to place more of an emphasis on short-term goals, such as finding a certain type of mushroom, than having its scenes serve as crucial parts of a grand, all-encompassing journey. That doesn't really detract from the action, though, and there's lots to explore. The developers also seem to have made an admirable attempt to monetize the app in a way that's not overly demanding. Players can purchase items like coin packages, but they don't have to, because they can also earn coins by playing. Getting injured three times while trying to complete a level will result in you dying, but the game doesn't immediately shut players out. Even if they lose all their lives, they can just start again with three new ones. Hearts sometimes appear in scenes, too, which can be grabbed to add a life. They will see ads sometimes -- such as when they die, before they can again attempt to finish a level. You can typically click out of them in about five seconds, though, which makes their presence in a lot less intrusive -- and allows players to get back to the more entertaining aspects of Apple Knight fairly quickly.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about learning from your mistakes and trying to do better next time. Players can start over in a level if they lose all their lives in Apple Knight, so how can you figure out how to improve based on how you did before?
How can you motivate yourself to keep going, even if you're tempted to give up? How can you use this motivation for other games or real life?
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Mac, Android
- Pricing structure: Free
- Release date: October 8, 2021
- Category: Action Games
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy
- Size: 340.00 MB
- Publisher: Limitless LLC
- Version: 2.2.4
- Minimum software requirements: Requires iOS 11.0 or later, macOS 11.0 or later and a Mac with an Apple M1 chip, or Android 5.0 and up.
- Last updated: October 20, 2021
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