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Play OverviewPlay Overview

Kinsplant (2022) is an adventure about searching for a fabled artefact buried somewhere in one of the four realms. Play is like a retro adventure game where you move around, fight enemies and hunt for an ancient artefact. However, the twist is that it has been hidden by a previous player so you must track their footprints and clues to find and then hide the artefact yourself.

You play one of four kinsmen who must track down and unearth the artefact to bury it somewhere even more secret and safe, to prevent further prying hands. At the start, you choose your character history which determines where in the world you begin your quest and the burial ritual you receive if you fail. As you progress you discover signs of other players who have previously found and then hidden the treasure. The trick is that their footprints are only visible on certain types of terrain, and there's the ability to pay to have them erased by local people (if you have killed enough monsters). There are also witnesses in the game who point to the treasure to help those on the hunt.

The result is a game that invites curiosity and exploration. Not everything is explained at the beginning, but as you piece things together you realise what's important is not only finding the artefact but covering your tracks as you do because these will be the clues other players have to try and find it once you have hidden it somewhere. It's a lovely take on asynchronous multiplayer that has you thinking about the others who will visit the world as much as your own time in it.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Kinsplant 13 months ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 7 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Traversal game with Action and Adventure elements. You can play this by yourself or as a 1-player online game. When you play you see what the last person who hid the treasure did. Any clue they didn't cover up is what you have to go on to find where they hid it. When you are over the treasure (with its rising light particles) you press Z a few times to dig it up.

 
You can play this game in the following styles:

DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 5 minutes and 10 minutes to complete. You get just 4 days of game time to find and then a day to hide the treasure.

BenefitsBenefits

This game is good if you want to:

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has not yet been rated, but we anticipate it is likely to be rated PEGI 7.
 
Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.

The game depicts all violence in pixilated form. Still, this represents death by a sword accompanied by pixilated blood.

Skill Level

10+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. You need to be able to follow a trail of clues and be willing to fail. Some understanding of online games does help players appreciate the novelty of it being other players who have hidden the treasure.

Account Rating

You don’t need a platform subscription to play this game online.

CostsCosts

You can only play this on older systems (Web Browser) but can usually find it second hand on eBay.

Kinsplant

Itch Store Web Free
This game is free to play. There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 26/09/2022

Price: Free

Out Now: Web

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Players: 1 (1 online)

Genres: Traversal (Action and Adventure)

Accessibility: 0 features documented (Tweet Developer )

Components: 2D Overhead, Open World and Pixels

Developer: Crap Weasel (@Crap_Weasel)


Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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