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King of Thieves

App review by
Chris Morris, Common Sense Media
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Fun take on dungeon raids with flaws, chat, and purchases.

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 2 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Ease of Play

The game is very easy to grasp, though making your way through some of the dungeon defenses can be tricky. 

Violence

Your character will die frequently, sometimes via devices such as saw blades, but there's no gore. 

Sex
Language
Consumerism

Upgrades cost in-game currency, which can be bought using real-world cash. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that King of Thieves is an adventure game that borrows elements from the endless-runner genre, where players constantly move and try to dodge obstacles. The object of the game is to steal other people's loot to upgrade your own dungeon, outfits, and rank. While it's a free game, there is an in-game currency system that will force teens to be patient and either play for short periods or pay to continue when they run out of keys (which replenish over time). In-app purchases are also pushed fairly hard at the player. There's a guild system, letting you join with other players -- and players who indicate that they're over 13 after downloading (without any age verification) can private-message each other, which can be a red flag for parents of younger players. Read the game's privacy policy here. 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byEmily W. May 20, 2017

The videos they encourage kids to watch for free keys are awful!

My son pointed out to me that an ad has show up for him multiple times when you watch videos for free keys that is inappropriate. I watched it and I was shocked... Continue reading
Parent Written byIsabel D. July 10, 2017

Doesn't allow users to stop. Purposely addictive.

There is no such thing as coming to a good stopping place in King of Thieves, or pressing pause. If you leave in the middle of your session all your work since... Continue reading
Kid, 9 years old October 24, 2018

why is it 13+ it can definity be for lower ages.

NO violence AT ALL, you heard me, not AT ALL. no blood, no drug reference, no swearing. however, it is a game where you rob. but it is fun to get past all those... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old July 17, 2017

Pretty good

It's pretty funny and normal. However, this app is really hungry for money. Be aware and block transactions. :)

What's it about?

Players attempt to reclaim their place as the KING OF THIEVES by retrieving gold and gems from a series of single-player challenges and player-vs.-player battles. Breaking into an opponent's dungeon (whether human or AI) requires you to use keys, which replenish in your collection over time. From there, you'll have to jump (by tapping the screen) and bounce off walls as you avoid obstacles before taking the treasure. Simultaneously, you'll build your own dungeon in hopes of repelling other thieves, upgrading defenses, and adding false locks to your door (to get players to waste their keys). As you acquire more treasure, you face more challenging quests and can eventually join a guild, where friends can retrieve your stolen gems for you if you're not around. Players who indicate that they're over 13 on the opening screen can chat with guild members, while those who choose "1-12" as their age can't access chat. Teens can also connect over Facebook and compare dungeons.

Is it any good?

There's a lot to like in this game, but there's even more that will drive you crazy or cause concern. Though it has a solid framework, its reliance on timing elements and heavy push on in-app purchases ultimately undercut it. It's a fresh take on the endless-runner game, and you'll need good reflexes and timing to progress, but it also adds a fun multiplayer raiding element (similar to that in Clash of Clans). In a particularly smart move, the game also lets you craft a defense system in your own dungeon that rewards your skills. Before any changes can be saved, you'll have to be able to conquer your own traps twice in a row -- meaning the better you get at stealing other people's gems, the better you're likely to be at defending your own. 

Though smooth and polished, it falls short on a few fronts. The biggest, though, is the use of keys to play a level. You'll be faced with four or more locks, all but one of which are false. Picking the right one is pure luck, meaning you could be using 10 or more locks per attempt later in the game. Also, the guild chat feature may concern parents, since it allows teens to chat with people they may not know in real life. It's also important to talk about your rules around in-app purchases, since upgrading takes time or gems, and when the in-game currency runs out, teens may want to buy more.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about staying safe online, especially when chatting with strangers. What information should you never share online?

  • Talk about what to do about bullying and other mean behavior when playing online games with others. What action can you take? Is the game worth the grief?

  • Discuss your rules around in-app purchases. Is it OK to spend real money? If so, when and how much?

App details

For kids who love strategy games

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