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What's it about?
KING OF OPERA accommodates one to four players. Each player controls a spinning opera singer by touching, holding, and releasing an on-screen arrow button. There are seven modes of play, but they’re all fairly similar. Players either try to get into the moving spotlight on the stage, catch the spotlight, or knock other singers off the stage. Each round lasts for one minute, except for the 30 second rounds in quick play mode. There are five different “play styles” in each mode, including Classic, Santa Hustle, Penguin Slide, Sumo Dash, and Bounce Bowl. To start, players choose a mode, a play style, and a color for their singers. Each player earns points for being in the spotlight or for knocking the most players off the stage. Points are subtracted when a player gets knocked off by someone else.
Is it any good?
Virtual board games can be difficult to pull off, but this one does a decent job of encouraging fast-paced competition – as long as the gaming device can accommodate all of the players. It’s surprisingly fun to play a game of King of Opera with such a simple task, although controlling the opera singer isn't as easy as it first appears. It takes some practice to become competitive by getting control over the singer. Or maybe it’s because watching the other opera singers spin, run, and bounce into each other while listening to opera music is quite entertaining.
Playing the game solo isn't nearly as fun as the multiplayer option, so kids will likely want to recruit a team of at least two. There's some redundancy in terms of gameplay. Fortunately, having different modes and play styles can help keeps things fresh. One addition that would be nice to see is a more in-depth explanation of the game features. For example, there’s an option to tap on a Viking hat before starting a round. It’s not entirely clear why this option is important other than that players wearing the hat appear larger and seem to have slightly more power. But if you're looking for some amusement in quick, bite-sized pieces, King of Opera could amuse you for at least a song or two.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about virtual board games like King of Opera versus traditional board games. What are the benefits and tradeoffs of each format?
Does the opera music in King of Opera add to the experience or is it distracting? Do you think it could interest you in listening to opera?
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