E3 2017 Hands-On: King’s Knight -Wrath of the Dark Dragon-

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One of my favorite ‘slice of life’ moments in FINAL FANTASY XV was when Noctus and his Crownsguard would play King’s Knight before going to bed at night after a hard day of adventuring. Square Enix has brought this memory-building experience to real life mobile devices for Android and iOS platforms. During E3 2017, I was given an opportunity to try out a demo for King’s Knight – Wrath of the Dark Dragon- myself, and I was pleasantly surprised with how much I enjoyed it.

King's Knight | Battleground

(Images courtesy of Square Enix).

King's Knight | Battleground

The gameplay in King’s Knight -Wrath of the Black Dragon- is fairly simple and appropriate for a mobile game. As the map continuously scrolls forward, you have to maneuver around, attack the obstacles and enemies along the way, and try not to die. As you kill enemies, you get coins. You also have magic abilities on the right hand of the screen that you tap to use. However, each ability drains MP that is just below your health (HP) bar. At the end of the area, there is a boss that you try to kill to clear the stage. There were not any real hiccups or depth to the game as a result (at least in single player mode), and I was pleased with how this game is a great way to spend a few minutes of time (just like for Noctus and his crew in FINAL FANTASY XV!). In addition, the graphics were gorgeous and it is clear that a lot of work went into making this game look and feel as good as possible.

King's Knight | Dragon

The boss battles in King’s Knight -Wrath of the Dark Dragon- are gigantic and detailed, as to be expected in a FINAL FANTASY-related title. It is a little hard to believe this game is truly freemium. (Images courtesy of Square Enix).

King's Knight | Boss Fight

King’s Knight -Wrath of Dark Dragon- is also a freemium title that is supposed to support multiplayer on release. The multiplayer mode was either not activated or we didn’t set it up right during my demo (there were three other people playing at the same demo station as I), so I only received the single player experience. Additionally, I was more than a little pleased that King’s Knight -Wrath of the Dark Dragon- did not pressure me (at least in the demo) to make in-app purchases, but instead just let me play the game through until the end.

King's Knight | Special Attack

(Image courtesy of Square Enix).

At the end of the day, Square Enix priced King’s Knight -Wrath of the Dark Dragon- at exactly the right price point (read: free) to make it worth at least checking out upon release. I am really curious about how the multiplayer experience will enhance and be different from the single player version.

Are you planning on trying out King’s Knight -Wrath of the Dark Dragon- when it is released later on in 2017?

Let us know in the comments below!

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