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The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Cookie Run: Kingdom is a role-playing game for iOS and Android devices. Players need to participate in battles to earn the currency that's used to build things in the town and level characters up. The battles involve cookies and other characters, though -- not human beings -- and no blood or gore is shown. Players will primarily see flashes of light as characters strike, and defeated foes are hurtled off screen. They'll also see some mentions of other games in static ads that are shown during transitions in the game, but there isn't a ton of overt advertising. While players can purchase items with coins, another type of in-app currency, crystals, can be earned by playing or bought in packages that cost $0.99 to $99.99 in real-world cash. Players may find they don't need to purchase any extra items, though.
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What's it about?
Following an era of chaos and destruction, several cookies fight battles and rebuild a town in COOKIE RUN: KINGDOM. Players will assemble a team and click on individual characters to have them contribute in battles, earning items such as coins to fund building construction and Star Jelly EXP that can help characters level up. Battles can be fought manually or with an automated function. Conversations with the Sugar Gnomes and other residents help further the storyline, and new cookie characters are picked up along the way as gamers play.
Is it any good?
The fighting, plot, and constant attention to building your territory will keep players coming back for more. The visuals stand out in Cookie Run: Kingdom from the start, as the Dark Enchantress Cookie descends to attack the main characters, and pink neon lighting flashes from the sides of the screen when you tap on a character during battle. Players will volley between fighting and spending some of the resulting earnings on construction needs as they rebuild a village. Sugar Gnomes provide information about an extended plot that's woven into the experience and also supply occasional tasks, such as removing a cake log from an area. Players can set building projects into motion and either pay extra to speed up them up or wait.
They'll need to click through some conversations that feel a bit drawn out, but they can skip or speed up some portions of the game, such as battles, if they opt to make them automated. If players fight manually, the battles might not involve too much strategy. They choose a team of characters before they begin, but they'll have to hunt to get some information about what characters' skills involve -- and even then, the skills aren't described in extensive detail. This could limit planning and end up resorting to clicking on characters whose cooldown period has ended, allowing them to attack again. Overall, though, there's fun to be had while playing. The scene settings change as you advance, which helps keep it from feeling repetitive. Baked good-related jokes add some humor to the situation. Players could potentially get locked out of the game if they run out of Stamina Jellies, but they're given a fairly high amount to start, and the jellies replenish over time, so that shouldn't be a pressing concern. The battles may not be overly dynamic, but with numerous items to collect and build, there's plenty to do -- and, as an added bonus, aside from some images that pop up touting other games or in-app purchases, parents and kids may be pleased to discover Cookie Run: Kingdom is essentially ad-free.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about strategies to use in games like Cookie Run: Kingdom. How can you create a plan to finish the current level you're on? Can your child apply that structure to completing tasks in real life?
What's a good amount of time to use an app like Cookie Run: Kingdom each day? Could there ever be a reason to go past that time limit?
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