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Review: The Counting Kingdom
At a Glance
|This game is recommended!
This game is not just good fun, it also stays fairly true to Christian moral values, making it a great addition to anyone's library!
|ESRB Rating:||NR - Not Rated|
|Review Published On:||August 27th, 2016|
Your progress is automatically saved after you complete a level.
Throughout the game, you use magical potions and spells to defeat an army of cute little monsters. In reality, you're actually doing basic math.
Each turn, monsters will advance towards your castle walls and if a monster does reach the castle wall, they'll smash it down. The next monster that reaches the breach will get inside the castle and you lose the level. To stop them from getting inside, you select one or more monsters and then cast a spell to make them disappear in a flurry of stars and rainbows.
The educational portion comes in with how you select which spell to use. Each monster has a number on their stomach. When you select a monster or a group of monsters, you're adding these numbers together. Each spell is equal to a set value, so you select the spell equal to the value of all of the monsters you've selected.
Later on, new mechanics are added to make things more difficult. For example, monsters will start trying to protect themselves from your spells by hiding under a cardboard box. The first hit only removes the box, so you'll need to cast your spell on them twice to defeat them. You'll also gain the ability to use potions to alter the numbers on a monster, prevent them from moving forwards, or otherwise give you an advantage. Much later on a powerful monster will appear that increases the numbers on nearby monsters every turn.
Ultimately, I'd recommend this game for children that are learning basic math in school, or just about anybody that likes a little brainy challenge. It's cute, colorful, and there's even cake at the end.
Points of Interest
There is also an option to play a practice level against the difficulty of your choice.
The level select dialog for the practice mode can also be mistaken for a difficulty setting at first glance, as it's just an unlabeled button in the upper right.