Mini-Guide: Knight Saves Queen

LQ: 9.2


Brain grade: 9.5
Fun score: 8.9

Knight Saves Queen
Game Type: , ESRB Rating: Everyone Platform/Console: , , LWK Recommended Age: 8+ Thinking Skills Used: ,

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Knight Saves Queen is a puzzle version of the game of chess. The player starts out using a knight to save a queen from other knights. As the player advances though, they gain allies in the form of other chess pieces (pawn, rook, etc). All of these pieces move according to the traditional rules of chess. The ESRB gave Knight Saves Queen an E for Everyone rating. We, however, suggest 8 and up. The planning and organization required by this game becomes increasingly advanced the more allies the player’s knight has. Parents should be aware that there are ads and in-app purchases as well.

Knight Saves Queen helps kids practice and improve the following skills:

Knight Saves QueenOrganization

Arranging and coordinating materials in order to complete a task.

Knight Saves Queen provides the perfect opportunity to practice the thinking skill of organization, both with ideas and places as well as things. When it comes to ideas, it is important for the player to organize their thoughts. Most obviously, they need to know how each piece can move. They also need to be able to place themselves in the shoes of the "enemy" pieces and think about how they will move, while also keeping their own plan in mind. Without a well-organized thought process, something will fall through the cracks and the player will fail to rescue the queen. It is also important to keep the organization of the pieces on the board in mind. This organization of places and things will help the player do a better job of beating the level quickly, which will earn them a better rating. If they don't watch where their pieces are--and are headed--then they will be captured by the opponent, the player will run out of moves, or they will not receive a gold star rating


Developing a systematic approach for setting and achieving goals.

It probably isn't surprising that planning is just as important in Knight Saves Queen as it is in chess. Problem solving skills must be utilized in order to determine which piece to move first (and subsequently), as well as to keep from being captured by the opposing pieces for as long as possible. Long-term planning skills are also very important. To be successful, the player must consider the move they are about to make, whether or not the opponent will respond, and what move the player will make after the opponent has gone. The further out the player plans, the more successful the plan will be. The better the plan, the more likely the player is to succeed at the level and earn a gold star.

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