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Neilie Johnson, Common Sense Media
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Challenging strategy role-playing game tests gamer's skills.

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Ease of Play

Tough at first; gets progressively easier. 


Fighting is near-constant, but it's bloodless among small cartoon characters. 


Option to buy themed expansions/additional content. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Crowntakers is a paid fantasy role-playing game with strategy elements. Though it offers players the option to buy additional gameplay content, no other in-game purchases are necessary. Progress requires patience and may be too difficult for younger players; it gets easier as heroes level up. Violence is the cornerstone of gameplay, but it's cartoony and non-graphic. The easy-to-read privacy policy details the kinds of information collected and shared. For more details on the kinds of information collected and shared, read the entire privacy policy.

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What's it about?

CROWNTAKERS challenges you with saving a kidnapped king from a realm-savaging duke. Its randomly generated world tests your patience and tenacity by throwing you into dangerous, surprise-filled situations (that are as likely to kill you as ply you with gold). To survive, you'll fight, gain experience, collect gold, upgrade your weapons and armor, and hire mercenaries willing to share your perilous and uncertain destiny. 

Is it any good?

This fun little game mixes role-playing elements and light strategy to give fantasy fans a chance to test their mettle -- and their patience. Normal difficulty (the "true" experience, according to in-game text) only allows you one life per game. If you die, you start over again from the beginning. Easy difficulty softens the blow somewhat by letting you keep the experience you've gained in previous games, thus making progress easier the more times you play. Still, getting to the good stuff takes time -- more time than some gamers might want to spend.

Bottom line: If you're rash or thoughtless, Crowntakers will punish you. But if you can learn from your mistakes, you're in for a lot of fun. Once you get over the initial difficulty, the game takes off, sending interesting landmarks, useful loot, and colorful characters your way. And once you get the hang of the turn-based combat, battles are fun, dynamic, and sometimes downright nail-biting. You'll start to see the repetitive bits as opportunities to improve and appreciate the many unexpected happenings on the randomly generated maps. Even better, you can extend the fun by buying an additional (and, at $2.99, reasonably priced) chapter. Crowntakers isn't the longest game, but what's there offers hours and hours of replayability.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about violence in games. The fighting is almost constant in Crowntakers, but is it OK because it's cartoonish? Does it have an impact on you, or is the combat laughable?

  • Families can talk about learning through trial and error. How does making mistakes teach us?

  • Discuss the concepts of patience and tenacity as it relates to achieving your goals. Do you have a goal you're working toward?

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For kids who love strategy

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