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Video GameHollow Knight (Series) Review
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Posted: 3 years ago, last updated 10 weeks ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer, @JonahMonaghan and Jo Robertson.


Hollow Knight is a game where you run, jump, and battle your way through the underground kingdom of Hallownest. It’s not uncommon for platform games to invest in the environments through which you pass, but the haunting depths in this game contain more than a veneer of ancient mysteries. Rendered in simple 2D visuals, the world bristles with lore and backstory to the point that this becomes as much as a driver for exploration as powering-up your abilities or defeating enemies. This simplicity also enables Hollow Knight to create a huge labyrinth of interconnected spaces, each with their own enemies, hazards, and history.

This over-delivery of world-building is more than any platform game requires, but it transforms the experience from a power fantasy to an investigation into this otherworldly civilization and alien history.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 12/06/2018, updated in 2019

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Action, Platform (Adventure, Fighting, Narrative and Traversal)

Accessibility: 19 features

Developer: Team Cherry Games (@TeamCherryGames)




Play Time: This game will take between 20 hours and 30 hours to complete. You can finish the main campaign of the game in 20 hours, but more than other games this varies depending on ability and how focused you are. Many people play the game for over 70 hours before they are finished.

Play StylePlay Style

This is a single-player game.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

PEGI 7 for mild violence to fantasy characters and pictures or sounds likely to be scary to young children. When attacking various bug-like creatures, they do not react realistically. There is a flash of orange and the creatures jump backwards. After a couple of hits, the creatures fall onto their backs or disappear. There are several boss characters that are scary and may be disturbing to young children. These include a battle with a large fly-like creature which, when killed, has smaller fly-like creatures come out of its body. Another scene involves a large armoured creature with a mace. When killed, the creature hits the floor and its head rolls off.

Skill Rating

11+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Although the content is fine for younger players, this is a difficult game that requires considerable skill and perseverance. Some younger players may find the exacting challenges too frustrating.


Hollow Knight usually costs £10.99 to £12.49.

Hollow Knight

Steam Store PC £10.99
Switch Store Switch £10.99
Steam Store Mac £10.99

Hollow Knight: Voidheart Edition

There are the following additional costs associated with this game:
  • In-Game Purchases: Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.
You can purchase "Godmaster", "Lifeblood", "The Grimm Troupe" and "Hidden Dreams" content that extends the experience. These are included for free in the PlayStation and Switch versions of the game. 
It's important to set up your accounts and devices appropriately. More information is on our Financial Resources page.


Diversity and InclusionDiversity and Inclusion

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