What parents need to know
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.
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.
Families can talk 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?