King of Party is the fourth game from Spanish developer Codigames. Taking inspiration from games like Mario Party the game is a competitive title where players must compete against each other in different mini-games to be crowned King. The game is out now on iOS and Android and is a free download.
Although a free download King of Party only comes with three of its six mini-games unlocked. These are Skate Run, Fitness and Balance. Players who enjoy the three unlocked mini-games can spend 50 diamonds (£2.99) to unlock the other games. This then gives you access to Skipping Rope, Classroom and Factory.
Diamonds are hard to obtain unless you are willing to buy more via microtransactions. These range from £1.99 for 20 diamonds up to £69.99 for 2,500 diamonds. Playing the mini-games earns you coins which can also be bought with diamonds.
The game lets you customise your avatar by choosing their sex, hairstyle or headwear, clothes and shoes. Buying most items costs coins with the better items costing diamonds. These changes are purely cosmetic though and do not alter your characters performance in any way.
When you start playing the game you begin at level one and you earn xp and coins for playing and winning games. Initially you can only play normal games but once you hit level 5 you can also go in for ranked play as well. The game shows you how many people are online and also how many different mini-games of each type are in progress. It’s worth noting that it supports cross-platform play.
The games are very simple but fun. Our favourite was definitely the Skate Run which plays a bit like an endless runner where you must swipe the screen up or down to jump over and duck under obstacles. Fitness has you lifting dumbbells with your left or right arms to copy a fitness instructor. Balance has you stood on a pole with gusts of wind trying to blow you off, staying on requires you to tilt your device.
Skipping Rope has you jumping a rope for as long as you can. Classroom is a numbers game and Factory has you exploding bombs on a conveyor belt before they blow you up. Sharing how you did after a game on Facebook or Twitter earns you 50 coins. You can also connect with Facebook to earn 5 diamonds and so that you can find your friends to play against.
The game tries to encourage you to keep playing by awarding trophies for certain things. These challenge you with things like playing for so many days in a row, reaching a particular level, winning games and buying items. When you obtain a trophy you also get rewarded with coins or diamonds.
The graphics are very bright and colourful which fit the game well. The characters look pretty good and a have a cartoony cel shaded look to them. The music is very repetitive and can get annoying but fortunately there is an option to disable it in the options.
One downside with the game is that you have to be connected to the internet in order to play, it would have been nice to play offline. The games also require three other players to join before they start as you play against each other. This means you can end up sat waiting for people to join. We’ve also experienced a number of crashes which has meant restarting our tablets.
The game is perfect for a quick session as each mini-game tends to last only a minute or so. The games are quite addictive and when you mess up you can’t help but try again. The developers are promising to support the game after release as well so it should hopefully be a title that you will keep coming back to. Younger players will probably enjoy the title most but anyone who enjoys competitive games should consider checking it out. Being a free download you have nothing to lose so why not download a copy and see for yourself?