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"No cookie left behind!"

Cookie Run: Kingdom (additionally known as Cookie Kingdom) is a non-runner spinoff of the Cookie Run series, released on January 20th, 2021 by the South Korean company Devsisters, after much promotion and fanfare, with over three million downloads preregistered. Not unlike its predecessor, players assume the role of various cute, sentient gingerbread-man-style Cookies, but this time is to build a kingdom for your own ruling, defend it from the Cake Monsters - those thanks to the Witch’s Life Powder also came to life, and unravel the story revolves around the great ancient kingdoms that once existed on this land. In another word, it’s a free-to-play RPG and city builder hybrid.


Tropes found in Cookie Run Kingdom:

  • Achievement Mockery: There are rewards for failing to upgrade your toppings.
  • Adaptational Gender Identity: When DJ Cookie was introduced in OvenBreak, their gender was unspecified. In Kingdom, they are explicitly referred to with they/them pronouns.
  • Action Girl: While most of the female Cookies qualify, Chili Cookie and Strawberry Cookie deserve a special mention for being in the story-canon unit, and also the first two female members you can get.
  • After the End: The main story takes place a long time after the Final Battle between The Five and Dark Enchantress Cookie, which resulted in their disappearance. Without the heroes’ guidance, the ancient Cookie kingdoms crumbled and fell into ruin, and to rise another up is our objective in the game.
  • All There in the Manual: Most of the information about the Five, ancient Cookie Kingdoms, and the worldbuilding are all in the Cookie Run: Kingdom official artbook.
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  • Ancient Egypt: The Golden Cheese Kingdom’s aesthetic, down to their architecture and ruling system.
  • Another Side, Another Story: Dark Mode, which lets you play through more difficult versions of previously completed episodes. While netting additional rewards, players look into the perspective of Pomegranate Cookie's group. Said mode also requires that you get all stars from the main story's episodes to progress.
  • Anthropomorphic Food: Hey, it’s Cookie Run after all. Here, aside from the humanoid Cookies we are all familiar with, we also have the living Bear Jellies and the Sugar Gnomes.
  • Ascended Meme: One of the loading screen tips mentions that Angel Cookie is known for "the stare," referencing their hilariously Off-Model stare from during the Detective events in the main game. They can even be seen doing it sometimes as one of their idle animations in the town!
  • Backstory Horror: Three words, Dark Flour War. Dear god, the burnt flour being Cookies’ corpses crushed into dust... Then there’s the fall of the kingdoms after their rulers’ disappearance - presumably dead, and are now empty ruins plagued with hordes of monsters. Strawberry Cookie also mentioned seeing another sentient gingerbread man get eaten while she was escaping the Witch’s house.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: The effect of Licorice Cookie's punch.
  • Character Class System: While every Cookie has their own unique skill and stats, they're organized into distinct classes, which serve as a broad description of what they do in battle (and determine what kind of powder you need to level up their skill). These include:
    • Charge characters for damage-focused or all-round frontline fighters.
    • Defense characters for more defense-oriented frontline fighters.
    • Ambush characters, who deal heavy damage and specialize in attacking the enemy's back row.
    • Bombers, who focus on powerful attacks that often deal area-of-effect damage.
    • Ranged characters, single-target attackers stationed in the rear.
    • Healers, who are usually in the rear, and Support characters, who can be in the rear or in the middle — both of these focus on healing and buffing their allies.
    • Magic characters, who are mostly notable for their skill rather than their stats — usually an area-of-effect attack that hits multiple times, or something that allows them to summon minions.
  • Competitive Balance: You can only have up to three Ancient or Legendary rarity cookies at a time in the Arena.
  • Cooldown: As per the RPG element, each Cookie has a fixed waiting time before they can use their skill again. Wise usage of time is the key to victory.
  • Crossover: In mid-September 2021, Kingdom crossed over with Sonic the Hedgehog having a Sonic and Tails Cookie as playable characters.
  • Cry Cute: Poor Onion Cookie and Squid Ink Cookie cry like this all the time.
  • Darker and Edgier:
    • Unlike the main franchise, which has an Excuse Plot most of the time, the plot of Kingdom is significantly more complex and include heavier subjects in every corner possible. By heavier, we mean a literal war, the collapse of an entire Cookie civilization following their leaders’ assuming death, and a literal Cookie holocaust with the Dark Flour War in the backstory that is promptly lever mentioned again. So does the appropriately-named Dark Mode compared to the main plotline, particularly since it focuses on how Dark Choco Cookie fell from grace.
    • And then there's the Tower of Chaos, in which Pastry Cookie gets to see traumatized cookies with empty smiles on their faces (which is the image for the game's Nightmare Fuel page).
    • The Frost Queen and the Lantern in the Snow is one of the darkest Christmas events Devsisters has written and the events end on a more bittersweet note.
  • Embarrassing First Name: The Choco Werehound Brute's real name is Schwarzwäldernote . He gets embarrassed when Licorice Cookie calls him by it.
  • Fairytale Motif: The Frost Queen Cookie storyline is similar to the classic Snow Queen fairy tale.
  • Five-Second Foreshadowing: Similar to Ovenbreak, the animation that plays when you use the gacha is affected by what you're going to get. If only Gingerbrave opens the oven door and the witch doesn’t return to look at you, don’t have your hope high — you’ll get Soulstones. On the other hand, if Gingerbrave, Clover Cookie and Custard Cookie III open the door and the witch looks at you with laughably cutesy eyes, go open a bottle because an Epic is coming.
  • Gameplay Automation:
    • In combat, there's an "Auto" option, which automatically uses skills and treasures as soon as their cooldowns expire.
    • In the kingdom, a line of special shop-exclusive buildings will automatically produce bundles of basic materials every several hours. Roll Cake Wood, Jellybeans, Sugar Cubes, Biscuit Flour, Jellyberries — any item produced directly from Coins has a corresponding building.
  • Grim Up North: Dark Cacao Kingdom, which was founded on the edge of the Giant Icing Ridge, a land of perpetual snowfall which beckons a life of austerity and perseverance. The climate was very harsh and lands were stalked by dire beasts of all kinds, causing their Cookies to live a life of combat and constant reminder of perils and death.
  • Guys Smash, Girls Shoot: Inverted for beginning Cookies that consists of three males (four; counting pre-registered players who got Clover Cookie) and two females. The female Cookies are involved in direct combat while other male Cookies either shoot magic against enemies or heal their teammates (only one male Cookie is involved in direct combat, GingerBrave himself.)
  • Heads I Win, Tails You Lose: The fight against Dark Enchantress Cookie and the Cake Witch at the end of Map 8. "Victory" advances the story, but does nothing to stop Dark Enchantress's plans.
  • Hidden Purpose Test: The test to deem those worthy to access the lost Vanilla Kingdom is revealed to be a farce in hopes of preventing anyone from restoring it, as doing so is said to bring back Dark Enchantress Cookie.
  • Humanity Ensues: Parodied in the "Shroomie Shenanigans!" event from April Fool's Day 2022. Funny rainbow mushrooms given to the cookies to eat give a "joke filter" design for them. A majority of them turn into Animesque humans.
  • Is It Something You Eat?: Random chatter with Crunchy Chip Cookie can have him ask about "Delega-tion?" and wondering if it's something to eat.
  • Item Crafting: A massive part of the game. You create everything from food to tools, except the buildings - the Sugar Gnomes will help you with that. Tools are also essential to progress the story map.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: When White Lily Cookie seems to be trapped within a moonstone, Gingerbrave smashes it to bits...only to unseal Dark Enchantress Cookie in the process.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • In World 8, one of the obstacles blocking the path is the Strange Flask, a large flask of spilling pink liquid next to some yellow jellybeans. When interacting with the flask Custard Cookie III worries that touching it would transform them into Jelly-eyed mindless monsters, referencing the Jelly Walkers, the main antagonists of Cookie Wars.
    • One of Twizzly Gummy Cookie's companions is Wildberry Cookie, an alternate timeline/dimension version of Strawberry Cookie; Wildberry Cookie's design is taken heavily from Wild Strawberry Cookie, a Mythic variant of Strawberry Cookie from Cookie Wars.
  • Play Every Day: Daily log-in bonuses are commonly granted. The player also needs to maintain their abode manually and keep their production houses running so that their kingdom would develop efficiently.
  • Precious Puppy: The Cake Hounds act like adorable puppies to the point that Red Velvet Cookie has one as a pet and names him Chiffon.
  • Replay Mode: Early into the game, Wizard Cookie will request the rebuilding of a tower close to the kingdom so he can store archives; the tower acts a cutscene viewer, and contains all cutscenes the player has unlocked.
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  • Simulation Game: Half of the game consists of developing a new kingdom. This requires to set up new buildings and gather ingredients and tools for them.
  • Skill Gate Characters: Most Common Rank units are qualified as this, since their skill sets gives novice players the baseline understanding as to what their classes are like and they're easily obtainable from the gacha (meaning they can get promoted up to 5 stars very easily). They fall off very quickly in the early-game, though, since they don't provide any useful status buffs nor debuffs to help the team, and are easily benched when players starts getting better ranked Cookies.
  • Starter Mon: Of both introducing Ranks and Roles each starter units play as.
    • Gingerbrave, Strawberry Cookie, and Wizard Cookie are the first three Common units players get for free, as well as introducing their roles of Charge, Defense, and Magic respectively.
    • Chili Pepper Cookie is the first Epic Cookie to get for free in a gacha tutorial (in-turn, introducing how gacha mechanics work in-game), along with introducing the Ambush role to the players.
    • Custard Cookie III and Clover Cookienote  are free Rare units that introduces Support Party Member in a form of Healing and Support roles respectively.
  • Suddenly Voiced: Cookies gain voiced lines in the game (though initially only in Korean, a Japanese and English voice pack was released September 2nd, 2021 and October 8th 2021 respectively).
  • Sugar Apocalypse: The Dark Flour War that almost destroyed the whole Cookie civilization had the Five Heroes not risen. Following the Five’s disappearance, their subjects could not handle the overwhelming Darkness and the aforementioned civilization collapsed.
  • Squishy Wizard: Most of the Magic Class units are qualified as this (some of them being Glass Cannon) since they are main damage dealers of the team but needed front line units to defend them against enemies that can easily take them out. Other mid-lane units, such as Bombs and Ambush, also qualify but without pure magic at their disposal.
  • A Taste of Power: The game's tutorial opens up with you playing as The Five, who are extremely powerful. Then you get to play with Gingerbrave and friends, who have three Common cookies on the team.
  • Two Girls to a Team: Strawberry Cookie and Chili Pepper Cookie are the only two female Cookies in Gingerbrave's main group. Inverted with the five legendary hero Cookies, where Pure Vanilla Cookie and Dark Cacao Cookie are the only males in the group.
  • Video Game Cruelty Potential: You can make Herb Cookie chop down trees (which gives him a sad expression) or Red Velvet Cookie fight his Cake Hounds. And thanks to Gameplay and Story Segregation, production values or stats won't be affected.
  • "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue: The One Year Anniversary: Side Stories shows small cutscenes that depicts the events of what happened during the game's first year.
  • Wizarding School: The Parfaedia Institute that comes in the same update with Guild feature is the heart of Dessert Magic — a field of magic in Cookie Run: Kingdom’s world. Cream Puff Cookie studied there, it’s also where Latte Cookie, Espresso Cookie and Eclair Cookie teach.
  • You Didn't Ask: When Custard Cookie III mentions that he's a descendant of the Vanilla, Chili Pepper Cookie demands to know why he didn't mention that earlier. His flustered response is to point out that nobody ever asked.