Knight Squad

Game review by
Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media
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Fun, frantic party game with mild cartoonish violence.

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Positive Messages

Combat-centric medieval-themed party game for up to eight online players. The game doesn't contain any messages, overtly or inadvertently.

Positive Role Models & Representations

No characters you get to know -- only a small knight played from a top-down perspective -- so not easy to tell if they're good people. Though game is fantasy-based, constant fighting doesn't make knights ideal role models.

Ease of Play

Simple controls; easy to learn.

Violence

Main goal is to crush opponents with medieval weaponry such as longswords, bows and arrows, bombs, crossbows, fantasy weapons such as laser blasters, over-the-top power-ups. There's no blood, but your goal is to destroy others. Some game modes sound violent, such as Deathmatch, Gladiators, Serial Killer, Arms Race, Prison Break.

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Consumerism

Includes optional downloadable content (DLC) you can buy with real cash, such as Knight Squad: Extra Chivalrous DLC that adds four game modes, three new knight types.

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What parents need to know

Parents should know Knight Squad is a medieval-themed arcade game that lets up to eight players battle each other with weapons -- such as swords, crossbows, bombs, and bows and arrows, to name a few -- but the top-down violence isn't graphic, blood, or realistic. That said, your goal is usually to be the last knight (or team) standing. Other modes include Capture the Flag and Soccer and six others with more violent-sounding names, such as Serial Killer and Prison Break. The action is fast and frenetic but easy to pick up. Users can buy additional downloadable content (DLC), which adds extra modes and knights to play as.

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What's it about?

KNIGHT SQUAD is an action-heavy brawler set in a fantasy medieval universe. You can play a half dozen or so single-player challenges, fighting against skeletons, dragons, other knights, and more, but the game focuses heavily on online multiplayer matches, allowing up to eight people to fight to the finish in free-for-all battle arenas or in team-based challenges (up to four on four). Played from a simple top-down view, this Xbox One and Windows PC game has you use weapons to kill or be killed, ranging from longswords and crossbows to bombs, guns, and laser blasters. Some modes include familiar game mechanics such as those used in soccer (but with a weaponized twist), a more strategic Capture the Flag mode, and Deathmatch, a "last knight standing" battle royale, to name a few of the nine modes available.

Is it any good?

Yes, if you give it a chance, this fast action game is quite fun, fast, and fierce. Not only are the game controls and rules easy to pick up, but there's a wide variety of modes to choose from to keep things fresh. If there aren't enough people to hop online to play, AI-driven game 'bots will fill in for human players. Though you can choose for them to be tough, they're simply not as smart or gratifying to play against compared to real people. Reminiscent of top-down '80s brawlers such as Bomberman or Gauntlet, you can choose the arena to play in and engage in these head-to-head skirmishes; some are better than others, as you might expect, with four-on-four games being the most intense and memorable, such as Capture the Flag, Soccer, and Team Deathmatch as clear callouts. Weapons aren't limited to medieval fare, so it's fun to experiment on these busy battlefields. If you can forgive the outdated graphics, you'll have some fun with this one. It's a solid B-grade title, and you have nothing to lose by snagging this enjoyable party game. Even at under $15, it's a worthy pick for those who like fast-paced multiplayer matches.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about violence in games such as Knight Squad. Will parents be OK with the violence in this party brawler, or should they be concerned? Should they be concerned about the cartoonish fighting in this game?

  • Talk about the interest in party games. Why do you think these kind of games are popular? Is one type of game better, or does this boil down to personal preference and the mood you're in?

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