Aspiring Knights-to-be will surely be delighted by the six interactive games offered in the new Mike The Knight: Knight in Training mobile game. Playable on Apple devices, this title features familiar elements from the hit television show. Let your kids experience how it is to be just like Mike as they hear music they love from the show and enjoy its signature CG graphics while completing any of the brain teasing puzzles found within. Series fans will also spot familiar characters such as Mike, Evie, Squirt and Sparkie along with their merry friends.
Basic app control knowledge is essential in playing this title's puzzles and games. Parents will probably have to show very young kids how to successfully complete a level before they are able to pick out their favorites. Each medieval puzzle is different, giving them the option to focus and master one game or to switch between activities frequently.
Though there is no emphasis on lessons to make children school ready, each of the six games will test their dexterity and may have the indirect benefit of improving their hand-eye coordination. Jam Tart Fling, for instance, requires good judgment of distance as kids fling pies at Vikings positioned about the level. Fruit Shoot is an archery activity in which kids target apples while Mike is on the move. Paint the Castle tasks children to paint designs on the walls of Glendragon Castle, helping them get familiar with shapes and colors.
Jigsaw Jumble's puzzles feature zany characters from the animated series, giving an additional incentive for young fans to complete the scenes. In Seek & Find, children will need to locate matching items in a scroll, improving their object recognition skills in the process. And finally, there's a memory matching game called Match Mission which will test a child's retention of visual information.
There are over 40 playable levels to master in Mike The Knight: Knight in Training. The mileage for this title is even doubled due to its available difficulty options. There is an Easy mode for beginners and very young children and a Hard mode for those who prefer the activities to be extra challenging.
Because the game does makes use of assets coming directly from the television series, we have nothing but good things to say in terms of graphics and audio. However, the menu design can be a bit more kid-friendly. Considering that it is meant to be enjoyed by kids below 6 years of age, it is too easy to interrupt a level by accidentally pressing the menu button. Some titles meant for preschoolers implement double-tap features which successfully keep some buttons grown-up only. Also, scrolling through the activities is a tad slow on the iPad 2, which is a shame if you own an older device.
All in all, Mike The Knight: Knight in Training is an entertaining game for kids with the joyous graphics on level with other knightly games such as chibi knight and the joyous innocent fun of games like Sega's Sonic and the Black Knight which is perfect for aspiring knights-to-be. Instead of simply watching their favorite Glendragon knight in training, kids can step into Mike's shoes and enjoy some age appropriate, medieval fun. We definitely appreciate the familiarity of the game's look and sounds. This is great to tide kids over while waiting to watch the next episode.
Parents will need to sit down with their tots to introduce the game's mechanics if their little one is just beginning to read and/or learn the ropes of their touch device. Otherwise, it will just be a matter of demonstrating how to get to point A to point B using the text-based menus.