Muffin Knight

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Christy Matte, Common Sense Media
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Wacky multiplayer platformer is mostly good fun.

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Ease of Play

On-screen controls are straightforward and gameplay is chaotic, but simple.

Violence

Cartoon players shoot guns, bow and arrows, etc., without blood or gore. Players combat angry animals and some supernatural characters.

Sex

The opening cut scene shows a fairy pulling up her pants. Nothing's shown, but the scene suggests that she wasn't wearing anything.

Language
Consumerism

In-app purchases are offered without parental permission. Links to publisher's other games are found in the game's menus

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Muffin Knight is a platform-style action game for iOS and Android devices in which players fight off attacking creatures while trying to collect muffins. The tone's silly with some potty humor -- a fairy is shown coming out of a bush with her pants down (but nothing explicit is shown), a zombie vomits on his enemies, and a unicorn drops rainbow-colored poop-bombs. Kids can play multiplayer locally or online with friends or strangers, but there's no in-game chat. Some younger kids may struggle to handle the on-screen game controls while holding the device. Players may be enticed to purchase points in order to upgrade their characters, and there's no parental permission required for this purchase. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.

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What's it about?

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. 

Is it any good?

For those who like quick, casual gameplay without a lot of strategy, this offers some laughter-filled chaos. Muffin Knight is just silly and unpredictable enough to make fast-paced platforming action surprisingly engaging. Those who prefer precision and planning will find the experience frustrating, as the characters change every time you capture a muffin, and you have no control over what you get. Unfortunately, some characters are great, while others are duds. While a panda flopping on the ground is a hilarious idea as a combat method, it's not particularly practical in action.

But that's all part of the charm of Muffin Knight, and what little strategy there is often comes in the form of fighting off as much as you can while you have a good combat character. The great thing, though, is that it's hard to take too seriously. If you die over and over again, you just keep trying and keep laughing. The iOS version of the game has a flaw (glitch?) that requires players to watch the entire backstory cut-scene each and every time they load the game. For a title that thrives on a quick-play vibe, this is a major oversight. But if you can get past this and the hit or miss nature of the effectiveness in some characters in combat, Muffin Knight is goofy, delightful fun that family members of different ages and skills can enjoy together. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the different characters in Muffin Knight. What are their special abilities? Which ones do you like the most? If you could design your own character, what would its special ability be?

  • What are your family rules around making in-app purchases? Do you need to spend money for a particular item that you'll never actually own?

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