Game review by
Michael Lafferty, Common Sense Media
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Tough, deep adventure game challenges skills, tactics.

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Positive Messages

Though user is trying to save world, constant combat overshadows positive messages.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Characters work together to accomplish tasks; aims of party somewhat noble. Team must eliminate threats to communities in the world.

Ease of Play

Multiple difficulty settings, but even on casual mode, team can lose if players don't use tactics, strategy.


Enemies dismembered by swords, various magic spells, with body parts flying all over the place. But blood eliminated. When party members die, their bodies lie on the ground.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Kyn is a downloadable action/adventure game where players create a party of up to six members and travel around a map accomplishing tasks to earn coin and rewards. It features a deep crafting experience, but this is created in the grand traditions of old-school hack-and-slash games. There's a lot of carnage, although the game doesn't show blood. This game isn't easy, even on the casual setting, which might be frustrating to younger players.

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What's it about?

KYN combines Viking mythology with a vast infusion of magic, tasking players to put together a party of up to six warriors to overcome the chaos that plagues the world. The game features a series of quests and a deep crafting system that features more than 100 elemental materials used to create armor and weapons. The tactical combat system allows players to use terrain to their advantage along with slowing down time to coordinate party member strategy. Characters can specialize in different classes, outfitted to suit the party's needs and the player's individual gaming style. Exploration is an important element, and over the course of the game players can uncover new secrets that affects the story.

Is it any good?

Calling all players hungering for the good old days of role-playing, particularly veterans of games such as Icewind Dale or Neverwinter Nights! If you're a fan of those classics, you may well find Kyn a trip down memory lane. Kyn combines exploration, deep crafting (literally hundreds of items can be crafted), and a solid party dynamic to create an excellent gaming experience. From the moment it's launched, the graphics will entice and pull players into the world of Vikings and magic. The environments are amazing, the special effects sparkle, and though the character models lack the lush, rich detail of the game world, they are serviceable enough.

There are drawbacks to Kyn, though. First of all, it's a very hard game. The "casual" setting isn't so simple; monsters swarm and call friends, escalating battles quickly. Plus, the camera isn't always the player's friend. Although players can zoom in tighter on the action, the camera doesn't rotate to give a better view of the action. Since the camera's so fixed, it's also not possible to visually explore ahead to see what trouble may lurk beyond the border of the computer screen, so players should remember to save often. Kyn can be a bit frustrating initially due to the difficulty, but given a chance, it can be quite entertaining with hours of hack-and-slash fun.  

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about violence in games. Was it necessary to have dismemberment in this game? Could that have been omitted without affecting the gameplay?

  • Talk about the tactical elements of the game. How does developing a strategic plan going into battle increase the chances of victory? Can you apply making a plan in the game to the real world and expect similar results?

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