Developer: Atomic Chimp
Version Reviewed: 1.0
Device Reviewed On: iPad 2
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Going to carnivals in the summer growing up has always been a fun/scary experience. I’ve seen some interesting things in my time but I’ve never seen a carnival quite like the one featured in Kick’n Chick’nz: Medieval Karnival.
In the game players take the role of Meg who has been charged with the task of babysitting her younger sister, Margie. As someone with babysitting sibling experience, I know that this is not always an easy task. To keep Margie happy, Meg must play several carnival-style mini games to be able to win a special dragon hat the Margie so desperately desires. Each mini game has a classic theme to it and all games incorporate chickens in some way. There are currently four games available at the carnival with more on the way in future updates. The themes of the games will be somewhat familiar to players, especially the “Sqweeball” and “Memba’ Me?” games. “Sqweeball” is essentially Skee ball that uses rolling chickens as the balls and “Memba’ Me?” is based on the classic memory game, Simon.
I really like how the game incorporates the chickens into each game. Whether they are used as Skee balls or darts to send flying at a board of balloons, each chicken serves a purpose in collecting enough points to win the coveted dragon hat for Margie. Fortunately there is no additional charge on top of the cost of the app to play, but there are some in-app purchases available to help players move their game along a little faster.
The controls and gameplay are explained well and even the youngest of players will find it easy to just pick up and play at any time. Kids are sure to get a kick (literally) out of kicking chickens towards various targets in the “Kick’n Chick’nz” mini game.
Overall I would recommend this app, especially to parents with younger kids. I don't see this game being meant for older audiences but this crazy medieval-themed carnival is sure to keep kids busy for hours. I thought all the mini games were very clever and fun to play. Although the general objectives behind the games aren’t original, the developers have found enough ways to mix them up with chickens and other elements to make each mini game feel unique.