OK K.O.! Lakewood Plaza Turbo – An Action-Packed Brawler Beat 'Em Up Game

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Mieke VanderBorght, Common Sense Media
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Fun quests put kids in driver's seat to fight evil robots.

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Ease of Play

Kids may need to explore a bit to get their bearings, but each step is clearly explained. Controls are inexact.

Violence

This is a beat-'em-up game, so there is punching, kicking, and more, all with the goal of destroying the "bad" guys. Action is very cartoon-like, and the bad guys are robots.

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Consumerism

Upon the app opening, there's a warning that it contains ads. At various points, kids can choose to watch an ad for extra points, though they can also choose to skip it.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that, just as the name suggests, OK K.O.! Lakewood Plaza Turbo – An Action-Packed Brawler Beat 'Em Up Game is an action-adventure game in which kids fight robots and more to beat an evil lord. There's a lot of punching, kicking, knocking out, and more, though all the violence is very cartoony: There's no gore, and the violence is mostly directed toward evil robots. At various times, kids can choose to watch an ad in exchange for an extra reward, but they can skip it. Also, there are no obvious stopping points, so parents may want to consider establishing time limits. The game is available in English, Spanish, or Portuguese. All users must accept the privacy policy and terms of use before they can begin playing; read it carefully for details on the kinds of information collected and shared.

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What's it about?

In OK K.O.! LAKEWOOD PLAZA TURBO – AN ACTION-PACKED BRAWLER BEAT 'EM UP GAME, the evil Lord Boxman wants to destroy Lakewood Plaza, where the young K.O. works at the local hero's bodega. Kids meet a large cast of characters who hang out at the shopping plaza and help K.O. on missions as he works to fight Lord Boxman and the evil robots. Along the way are special prizes and powers, plot-boosting comic strips, fighting training sessions, and more. The app allows up to four user accounts, and kids can connect via a Game Center account.

Is it any good?

For kids who are into adventures and fighting games, it will be a snap to get sucked into K.O.'s world and fight back against the onslaught of evil robots. There's a nice, engaging story line that advances through written dialogue and brief comic strips. The setup, in which kids explore the shopping plaza to meet crazy heroes and uncover their latest mission, keeps kids feeling as though they're in charge of their own game experience. While the controls are simple and intuitive, they are inexact and might frustrate some kids. The biggest downside is the lack of diversity in the characters: Other than K.O.'s mom, there are only two female characters, both of whom join in the fight but are still described in a way that makes them seem pretty ditzy. Yet, as fighting games go, this one is wrapped up nicely in a fun adventure story, and the level of violence is relatively tame. A good option for kids who are into gaming -- plus, it's free!

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about K.O.'s missions and use of violence. K.O. lives in a fantasy world where he's being attacked by evil robots; how might kids approach real conflicts and challenges in the real world?

  • Have kids add their own story lines to K.O.'s adventures.

  • Talk about the characters. Do your kids see anyone they can relate to? How are characters described, and what are their qualities? If you could create the characters, who would they be, and why?

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