PPKP

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Paul Semel, Common Sense Media
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Fun, easy arcade game has confusing base-building sequences.

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Ease of Play

Simple controls, easy to learn.

Violence

Players punch, kick their enemies, but it's cartoony, so no blood, gore.

Sex
Language
Consumerism

Players can use real-world money to buy in-game credits that will let them keep playing when they run out of turns. Numerous in-game advertisements.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that PPKP is an arcade-style beat-'em-up where players use their fists and feet to punch and kick their opponents. But the violence is somewhat lessened because the graphics are pixelated and cartoony, and there's no blood or gore. When you do run out of lives, though, you can use real-world cash to buy more so you can keep going. There's also tons of ads that pop up at odd times in this game. Just be warned: There's no privacy policy available, either in the game or on its website.

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What's it about?

In PPKP, some aliens from another dimension are destroying your neighborhood, and it's up to you to stop them and then fix the place up. Which will require some fast and furious fisticuffs, as well as the raw materials needed to repair nearby buildings.

Is it any good?

Though this app has a certain old school, arcade-style beat-'em-up appeal, it would be a lot less confusing and infuriating if wasn't so obvious and if it explained itself better. In PPKP, you spend the bulk of your time getting into turn-based fights with aliens from another dimension. First, you get to punch and kick them, using this game's simple controls; then, when it's their turn, you have to time your blocks and countermoves just right. The problem is that right before your enemies attack, there's a flash in their eyes and a corresponding tone. As a result, it's really easy to block their punches and kicks. Also, when you're not easily beating people up, you have to help rebuild your neighborhood. At least that's what it seems like you're supposed to do. It's kind of hard to tell; this game doesn't explain anything very clearly. Granted, if you don't mind a bit of trial and error, you can kind of figure it out, but the uncertainty makes this more frustrating than fun. Still, if you're a fan of games like Double Dragon, and you don't mind having to figure things out when you shouldn't have to, you'll have some fun with the old school, pixelated brawling of PPKP.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about violence in video games. Does it make you feel any differently that the game is cartoony? That there's no blood or gore, or that your enemies aren't human? Why is that?

  • Talk about being clear with instructions. This game doesn't do a good job of explaining itself, so why is explaining things in a clear way so important?

  • Discuss managing your money. Why is it important to be mindful of how much money you spend on a game?

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