Straightforward, simple adventure, with a focus on fighting.
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A Lot or a Little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Soul Knight is an action game for iOS and Android devices. The gameplay doesn't shy away from violence -- kids fight repeatedly using a variety of weapons that range from guns to a sword and what appears to be wrapped gifts that cause a considerable amount of damage upon impact. Generally, though, they're fighting mythical creatures, not real people, and the pixelated retro graphics don't reveal blood or an agonizing demise. The introductory tutorial doesn't explain all aspects of playing, but the basics are covered and the rest should be fairly easy to figure out. Some items are sold within the app, including boxes of gems, used for things like unlocking and upgrading characters, for $0.99 to $3.99. Kids can earn them by playing, though, and don't get a lot of pushes to buy them -- or anything else.
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What’s It About?
Accompanied by a pet that assists in battles, kids face off against creatures as they walk through rooms in various settings in SOUL KNIGHT. A circular game control directs their character's movement. A button deploys weapons, and another one triggers the character's special skill. By opening chests, kids can pick up new weapons to choose from in fights. The hero's energy level depletes with weapon use and too many hits. To conserve health until kids encounter a restorative potion or other item, they can switch to up-close combat.
Is It Any Good?
There isn't a lot of depth to this game, but with a format that's neither too easy nor overly complex, playing can be entertaining. At the start of Soul Knight, kids are told chaos has erupted after a magical stone that kept the world in balance was stolen, and they set off on a quest to get it back. It's a little unclear how defeating groups of random creatures will achieve that -- the game is fairly easy to pick up, though, and moves quickly. Kids may stumble at a few points, especially early on, due to elements that aren't explicitly described in the initial instructions. They'll need to tap the button that activates the weapon they're holding once, for example, to open a chest, and another time to pick up what's in it. Kids may not also realize at first what the pet floating behind them, or another random character they may hire, are there to do. Having two other entities moving around in battles can make figuring out who to shoot at a little confusing, since it's easy to mistake them for an enemy target. But they actually help out by independently defeating opponents.
Kids get some helpful visual cues while playing. A map of each level's layout is shown on the screen, and the word "Clear" flashes on the screen once kids have killed all the creatures in a room. Levels end when all foes are defeated and kids enter a portal. Although they need to keep an eye on their energy reserves, the game isn't overly harsh about draining them until you can't play. The controls can be glitchy sometimes in the midst of play, and the game's focus on violence isn't ideal. But with a good balance, though, of being able to control the character's actions and automated elements like guns intuitively firing in the right direction, Soul Knight manages to make all the fighting pretty fun.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about violence in games like Soul Knight. Is the impact of the violence in Soul Knight affected by the fact that you're fighting creatures? Does battling characters who aren't human seem less violent than fighting against other people? If so, why?
As kids play, they choose what characters to use and other elements, so how can you determine what the best option is when you need to make a decision?
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Mac, Android
- Pricing structure: Free
- Release date: January 26, 2023
- Category: Action Games
- Publisher: ChillyRoom
- Version: 5.0.3
- Minimum software requirements: Requires iOS 11.0 or later, macOS 11.0 or later and a Mac with an Apple M1 chip or later, and Android 5.1 and up.
- Last updated: January 31, 2023
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