Knight Saves Queen

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Paul Semel, Common Sense Media
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Clever, chess-based puzzler is a fun mental challenge.

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Ease of Play

Game uses simple touch controls, but gets rather challenging.

Violence

While the chess pieces use weapon to hurt our hero, there's no blood or gore.

Sex
Language
Consumerism

Real-world money is used to buy unlimited lives for a limited amount of time, as well as gold stars needed to progress. There are occasional advertisements for other games.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Knight Saves Queen is a puzzle game with roots in chess. While your Knight can be struck down by characters using swords and other weapons, he never bleeds, loses a limb, or curses. The game also doesn't have any inappropriate content. Players use real-world money to buy gold coins, which can be used to buy gold stars to access a group of playable levels, or for an infinite number of lives for six hours of playtime. There are also, on occasion, ads for other games. Read the app's privacy policy on the game's website to find out about the information collected and shared.

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What's it about?

In KNIGHT SAVES QUEEN, you're the Knight and you have to save the Queen. But you're also a chess piece on a chess board, so you have to follow the movement rules all Knights have to follow in chess. The same movement rules that your enemies -- the Pawns, the Rooks -- have to follow as well.

Is it any good?

Though obviously not an improvement on chess, this puzzle game reconfigures that classic strategic board game into a unique and challenging puzzle game. In Knight Saves Queen, you play as a Knight -- er, rather, the Knight piece from a chess board -- who has to rescue the Queen by eliminating all of the enemies on the board, and then going to the Queen. But you and your enemies can only move as you do in chess. You, for instance, move in L-shape, while Pawns can only attack diagonally and downward, and Rooks only move in straight lines up and down. Though unlike in chess, you don't have an unlimited number of moves; run out, and the game is over. Though you also have to be mindful of how many moves you use to win, since using fewer rewards you with gold stars, as opposed to silver or bronze ones. Not surprisingly, this mental challenge, like other puzzle games, can get rather tricky. But while some might feel this gets frustrating too quickly, especially if they're used to puzzle games that don't get hard until level 35, people who enjoy the strategic thinking of chess and the problem solving of puzzle games will find Knight Saves Queen to be a jolly good time.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about violence in video games. Does it make you feel any differently about this game that your enemies have swords and other weapons, but there's no blood or gore?

  • Talk about strategy. To do well at this game, you have to think ahead and be aware of your surroundings, so how do you think this could help you in the real world? Say, when you're crossing the street?

  • Discuss money management. While you can earn your way to the next realm by doing well, and wait for your lives to recharge, you can speed these processes up with real money, but how much is too much? When does it go from supporting the game's creators to emptying your college fund?

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