Postknight

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Neilie Johnson, Common Sense Media
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Light role-playing game requires pay for progress.

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

Ease of Play

Simple controls; easy to learn, until difficulty spikes.

Violence

Fighting is mild; damage represented by bouncing; defeated hero simply falls down.

Sex
Language
Consumerism

Fun grinds to a standstill until players spend some real cash.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Postknight is a free-to-play role-playing app with an obvious pay gate. Fun stalls out a couple hours in when difficulty spikes, forcing you to spend money or endure hours of tedious repetition. Gameplay involves constant fighting, but combat is cute and nongraphic. Controls are easy to learn and use, but difficulty spikes in play can frustrate players. The easy-to-read privacy policy is held by a third-party web company called freshdesk. The kinds of information gathered are detailed in the company's privacy policy.

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What's it about?

The Kingdom of Kuresta has a mail problem, and it's up to the POSTKNIGHT to solve it! As a low-level Postknight, your job is to deliver letters and packages to the citizens of Kuresta, fighting your way through wild beasts and wilder bandits. As you do, you earn experience and rewards, upgrade your armor and your health potions, and work your way to higher Postknight rankings. You'll help Kuresta in other ways, too, by finding missing villagers and fighting off marauding pirates. Through your heroic efforts, you might even win a sweetheart or two.

Is it any good?

This cute RPG-lite game is perfect when you only have a few free minutes of gaming time, but paying for progress is frustrating. Playable in small palatable chunks, it lets you explore an adorable kingdom while tapping your way to postal-carrier prominence. Gameplay couldn't be simpler; your Postknight moves automatically while you attack, defend, and heal with a simple icon tap. Things can get hairy, of course, as enemies become tougher and appear more frequently, but as they upgrade, so do you. All this is a ton of fun, so it's a shock when it suddenly ends. Basically all free-to-play games have pay walls, but Postknight's is so obvious, you could knock yourself unconscious running into it. Things ramp up nice and evenly -- until you encounter a boss you just can't beat. Taking the app's advice, you make more deliveries, gain more levels, and try the boss again -- with the same disappointing result. Quick as a flash, you find yourself out of gems (in-game currency) and "watch an ad" recharges. After that, all you can do is wait for your health to slowly recharge or pony up some cash. This, on top of the app's built-in repetition (there are only a handful of very similar delivery missions) turns the light, fanciful role-playing into outright work, and who wants that? In addition to hobbling gameplay with a blatant money bid, the app offers yet another turnoff: It crashes sometimes, forcing you to repeat the repetition. Still, there's some real fun here, and who knows? Future updates of Postknight could favor entertainment over earnings.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how mail travels. When someone sends you a letter, how does it get to you?

  • Discuss what knights were meant to do historically. Was delivering mail one of their duties?

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