Playmobil Knights

Game review by
Christopher Healy, Common Sense Media
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A little potty humor, but still a great adventure.

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Positive Messages

Positive messages about self-sacrifice and helping others can be found in the story.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The hero is a beet farmer, who despite his lack of training, answers the king's call for help. His willingness to risk himself to help others is admirable. If only he didn't call the princess names.

Ease of Play

With only a few exceptions among the mini-games, play is never too difficult. It all seems appropriately gauged for the target audience.

Violence & Scariness

Your knight swings his sword or mace at evil knights, causing them to plop onto the floor in a sitting position and then vanish. As you ride a dragon, your dragon can breathe fire or other "energies" at enemy dragonriders, causing them to vanish as well. In a catapult mini-game, you launch blobs of liquid at enemies trying to scale a castle wall; the blobs splash onto the bad guys, causing them to fall off screen.

Language

There is some unnecessary gross-out humor in a mission that involves delivering toilet paper to a an outpost of villagers that had bean stew for dinner. The hero also rudely refers to a supposedly unattractive princess as "Princess Pimplefart."

Consumerism

The entire game revolves around toys from the Playmobil Knights line, but there are no explicit advertisements for the toys in either the packaging or the game itself.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that despite the fact that this game is based on the innocent looking Playmobil toys, it does contain fighting and violence. That violence is all very muted and never graphic but it does create a disconnect between the age of kids playing with the toys (ages 4 and up) and those ready for this video game (ages 8 and up). More surprising in a Playmobil game is the toilet humor. Thankfully, it is not rampant throughout the game, but when it does appear, its crudeness stands out against the generally much more family-friendly environment. Unfortunately the game's hero, a beet farmer, calls the Princess unflattering names.

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What's it about?

The story of PLAYMOBIL KNIGHTS follows a lowly beet farmer who is called upon by his king to become a knight and save the land from an evil wizard and his invading dragonriders. It is explained that the dragonriders have so ravaged the country that this beet farmer is the only able-bodied man left to fight. The newly anointed knight, Sir Beetalot, then undergoes a series of quests in order to find a legendary sword that will allow him to defeat the evil wizard.

Is it any good?

Playmobil Knights is a very entertaining adventure game for kids, with a whole lot of variety to keep things interesting. Side-scrolling combat is the essential mode of gameplay, but there is a detailed role-playing element that allows you to build up your weapons, armor, stats, and dragon (which is both a weapon and a vehicle). And many missions are dotted with mini-games that range from catapult target shooting and whack-a-mole to falling-block puzzles and a chess-like strategy board game. While each mission needs to be completed in order for the story to progress, the game allows you to travel and explore as much as you want in between missions, making what is essentially a linear story feel more open-ended. Playmobil Knights also has a good sense of humor, which unfortunately veers into bathroom jokes at times, but on the whole, provides the right kind of mood for a game about knights with no noses.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about games based on toys. Can you enjoy this game without playing with Playmobil Knights toys? Or vice versa?

  • Does playing this game inspire you to play with Playmobil toys? If  you do play with Playmobil toys, do you think you would re-enact the story from the game? Or would you continue to create your own adventures?

Game details

For kids who love adventures

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