MUFFIN KNIGHT begins, as many fairy tales do, with a curse. A young boy finds a basket of muffins in the forest, but when he touches them, they explode. The fairy who owned the baked goods curses the boy to travel as a knight, fighting foes and collecting muffins. Players start on The Bridge level, but unlock additional stages as they play the game. Each level has a new layout and theme with different foes and challenges. Regardless of what section you play, the goal is to collect as many muffins as possible while fighting off foes. Each time the player collects a muffin, they randomly transform into a different character with a different special attack abilities. There are 18 characters to unlock with skills/weapons that include magic, guns, fire, boomerang bananas, and rolling pumpkin heads. When players "die," either by coming in contact with a foe, or falling in a ravine, the round ends and points are tallied. They can then continue on that level, or change to a different level. Rounds may go quickly, especially for less experienced players, but it's easy to start a new round and keep playing. As players earn points, they can use them to upgrade their characters, unlock new levels, or level up their lives. Players can also choose to enjoy multiplayer co-op or versus, either on local Wi-Fi or online with friends or strangers, and during multiplayer co-op games, players can revive each other to keep the round going.