Parents' Guide to

Portal Knights

By Marcia Morgan, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Addictive sandbox crafting adventure with RPG elements.

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Community Reviews

age 6+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 6+

Building and adventure

Our 5 and 8 year old love to play this. This is the game that taught our 5-year old to use all the buttons on the Xbox controller. After nearly a year this is still her favorite game. You can play adventure mode, with monsters and quests (reading required to understand quests, but they aren't necessary), or you can play creative mode where you just build. A bit like Minecraft, but cuter graphics and music.
age 6+

Good Minecraft based sandbox title with better graphics and modes than Minecraft

There is no more violence than there is on Minecraft. However, the game is beautiful compared to Minecraft and the gameplay much more fluid. There is no nudity or bad language in this game. Also all the crafting is logical, like for example when making a stone axe you need to gather wood and stone. Minecraft is not in that aspect. A very good and cheap alternative that also supports gaming for LAN and online gaming with very easy setup. I bought 3 lisences for my kids 6 and 8 and they are going crazy over it. I actually enjoy playing it too. Think of it as a crossover between Minecraft and WoW without the violence, gore or language. The games also offers progressive worlds (adventure mode) through it's smart Portal system that makes you revisit old world for materials. +on gameplay there. One of the most kid friendly co-op titles out there.

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Easy to play/use

Is It Any Good?

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This adventure is best described as an adorable combination of Minecraft, bright, cute, colorful characters from Nintendo games and a generous dash of RPG elements. Combat is a little simplistic, making it easy enough for younger players to feel a sense of accomplishment. With the launch of Portal Knights to consoles, fun features have been added to keep players of all ages engaged. Pets and more than 100 NPC characters offering helpful tips and quests have been added, in addition to dynamic timed events. These events ramp up the difficulty level of the world they take place in, rewarding players with a trophy to take back to your home base after completing some of the challenges.

Creative types will be thrilled with the changes made to Portal Knights. The ability to plant farms, craft more than 100 items, and build of using dozens of materials hasn't changed. Instead, things have been refined with even more crafting options, and long anticipated water tiles have been included to create castle moats, waterfalls, and ponds. In fact, if you were content building complex structures out of only dirt, wood, and stone blocks, you could spend your entire time on the first level and still level up simply from building and crafting. But to get better materials to craft with, you must restore the portals and venture out either alone or with friends to a variety of biomes. Each zone is its own biome, with unique environments, creatures, and resources for crafting. Relaxing music, gorgeous scenery, and endless possibilities for crafting your dream castle, or any other structure you can imagine, combine to make Portal Knights the perfect recipe for fun.

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