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What's it about?
ARCHERY KING doesn't mess with things like story or context; it's all about striking targets and scoring well with your trusty bow. The game lets you play by yourself or online with others, competing in three-round tournaments where you can win gold to buy better equipment. Fancy bows and wind-resistant arrows tempt players into spending real-world money for a competitive advantage, as does the chance to take on archery fans from around the world.
Is it any good?
This isn't an especially pretty game, but its basic graphics support a fun range of skill-testing archery challenges. The controls are as simple as can be: Tap and hold to aim, release to shoot. The difficulty comes in hitting moving targets in different environments and under varying conditions. You'd think Archery King would teach you a thing or two before throwing you into online competition; oddly enough, it pits you against an online opponent the first time you load up the game. The good news is, once you've suffered your first all-too-likely defeat, you can hone your skills in single-player mode. Also, multiplayer comes in both timed and untimed modes. The bad news is that there's a high likelihood Archery King uses AI to fill in the blanks when there aren't enough real players to go around, and the bots always have perfect aim. Parents may want to set expectations around purchases before downloading. Luckily, the app's faults aren't enough to totally spoil its aim.
Talk to your kids about ...
Talk about the benefits of competitive sports. How do sporting events bring people from different cultures together?
Families can talk about in-app purchases in Archery King and the rules around them. Are they allowed? If so, for how much?
Discuss how team sports differ from single-player sports like archery. Do you enjoy playing for a team or relying entirely on your own skills?
Think about the kinds of sports people watch on TV. Americans mainly watch football, baseball, and basketball. Do people in other countries watch something else?
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
- Price: Free
- Pricing structure: Free (with optional in-app purchases)
- Release date: November 23, 2016
- Category: Sports
- Topics: Sports and Martial Arts
- Size: 136.00 MB
- Publisher: Miniclip
- Version: 1.0.7
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 6.0 or later; Android 4.0.3 and up
- Last updated: November 11, 2020
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