Knife Hit

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Chris Morris, Common Sense Media
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Light, addictive game tests reflexes, has privacy concerns.

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

Ease of Play

Simple controls; mainly timing, hand-eye coordination that helps you advance. 

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff
Language
Consumerism

You have option of watching a 15- or 30-second in-game ad if you fail at certain spots. Otherwise, ads are few. In-app purchases are an option, but not necessary. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Knife Hit is an intense reflex-based arcade game where players throw virtual knives at rotating circles of wood. Other than being weapon focused, there's no violence (except to apples and other pieces of fruit) or other iffy content. Players may be forced to watch 15- or 30-second commercials for other apps (or they can pay to bypass ads), but it's similar to a typical TV commercial. Note that the developer doesn't offer a privacy policy, meaning parents should be alert about what data the app accesses, as there's no clear way to know what's done with that data. 

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What's it about?

In KNIFE HIT, players throw knives at a rotating circle of wood, attempting to exhaust their supply of knives (thus shattering the wood and moving to the next stage). If a knife hits another knife, the game is over. Splitting apples that happen to be sitting on that sphere earn bonus points and can be used to buy different types of knives. 

Is it any good?

For an arcade game that has a very basic concept, this title sure has some addictive qualities. Knife Hit's play is purely based around your reflexes to shatter wooden targets, but when you fail (and you will fail), you instantly want to try again. It's a perfect title for killing a few minutes and, if it hooks you, it's hard to resist the urge to pay for the upgrade that bypasses its advertising, because having to watch commercials to get back into the game gets old fast. But it's worrisome that the developer has no privacy policy on its website, which means parents can't be sure what data is being harvested from their devices and what's being done with it. While Knife Hit is fun to play, you may want to put it on a device that you've cleared your personal info from, just so your blade-tossing sessions doesn't toss your data over too.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about character strengths like perseverance. Can you see how practicing something hard, like working on speeding up your reflexes or improving your aim in a game like Knife Hit, makes that activity easier to accomplish?

  • Talk about privacy concerns. Should you be concerned when developers don't state whether a game could possibly harvest your personal data for other companies to use?

  • Discuss how things that look safe on a screen can be dangerous in the real world. Can you see why it would be a bad idea to try the actions in Knife Hit in the real world?

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
  • Price: Free
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Release date: March 24, 2018
  • Category: Arcade Games
  • Size: 101.20 MB
  • Publisher: Ketchapp
  • Version: 1.6
  • Minimum software requirements: Requires iOS 8.0 or later

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