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Koala Boutique Review
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Posted: 3 months ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer.

OverviewOverview

Koala Boutique is a strategy game about running a shop on the brink of bankruptcy. Unusually, it's a game designed for two players to play distinct roles. You don't have to play at the same time, but work together to progress as a team. The Adventurer plays on a PC, exploring the dungeon collecting items. The Trader plays on a Smartphone and manages the loot (stock) the Adventurer brings to the shop.

Play involves working as a team to maximize your profit, unlock new powers and abilities. Working as an effective partnership you can unlock the rogue and warrior classes. It combines two games really, a dungeon crawler and a resource management simulation.

It's ideal to play in the family. If parents choose to take on the less time-intensive Trader role that can check in once a day and get things ready for when their child next plays. When the child plays they then discover the items that the parent has earned for them.

Both players are experiencing a fully fledged game experience, tailored for having a lot (or not much) time. It's not only a nice way to enter the world of a child's game, but also creates a context for meal-time conversations where parents and children share the same language.

The game is part of a scientific study that is looking at asynchronous games. You can apply to joint the project application.

DetailsGame Details

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Release Date: 23/09/2021

Price: Free

Platforms: Android and PC

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting and Strategy

Accessibility: 15 features

Developer: Tech People Lab (@TechPeopleLab)

CommitmentCommitment

Duration: It takes between 5 minutes and 20 minutes to play a round of this game. The shop keeper needs less time to play. The adventurer will play for longer.
 
Players: You can play this with 2 players online. To play with another person you know, one of you needs an Android device and the other a PC, you both put in the same code (can be any secret word).

CostsCosts

Koala Boutique

Steam Store PC Free
Android Store Android Free
 
This game is free to play. Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'.  

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

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has not yet been rated, but we anticipate it is likely to be rated PEGI 3.
 
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.

Skill Rating

9+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game.

Account Rating

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

AccessibilityAccessibility

This game is played with two players, one using a desktop (Windows) version and the other using a mobile (Android) version. However, it is an asynchronous game - it does not require both players to play simultaneously.
 
Our Koala Boutique Accessibility Report documents 15 accessibility features:

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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