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Knight Squad 2 (Series) Review

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Posted: 7 weeks ago, last updated 5 weeks ago.

Author: Ben Kendall and @GeekDadGamer.

OverviewOverview

Knight Squad and Knight Squad 2 are a series of short fighting games where you battle other people to win the most rounds. Like other fight games it's fast-paced, lighthearted, and chaotic. More unusual are the novel modes and themes: from football to swordplay. It's ideal for families with a range of ages and abilities.

Viewed from above, you control the movement and action of your character through 13 different game modes, each offering a different set of objectives: capture the flag, hunt for souls, race around a track or coating the arena in the colour of your character.

You compete with other players for points, and can play dirty by attacking them and getting in their way. You can pickup a range of upgradeable weapons to give you the edge and help you claim the victory crown.

The hectic, chaotic game modes, paired with lighthearted action and the ability to play with others, be they experts or novices, make it a great choice for friends and family game nights.

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 8-12 year-olds

Release Date: 28/05/2014, updated in 2021

Platforms: Mac, PC, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Fighting and Sports

Accessibility: 18 features

Developer: Chainsaw Games (@ChainsawGames)

CommitmentCommitment

Duration: It takes between 10 minutes and 20 minutes to play a round of this game. There are several different ways to play, and each mode has different objectives, but typically you can play a full round of games in about 15 minutes. In some games, you can set the round length, and in others, you can alter the objective (ie. capture 10, 20, 30 souls etc.), altering the length of a game to suit your available time.
 
Players: You can play with 8 players in the same room and up to 8 players online. Although you can play against AI, the game is designed mainly for local and online multiplayer, where you can have fun with friends and family. The game supports crossplay, meaning different people don't need the same console/platform to play with each other. You can play in free-for-all matches, or create teams of twos or fours if players want extra support.

You can play up to 8 players in the same place on Switch and Xbox, but only 4 on PC.

CostsCosts

Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'.  

You need to purchase a Nintendo Online subscription to play online with Nintendo Switch.
 
You need to purchase a Xbox Live Gold subscription to play online with Xbox One.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 7 for Mild Violence.
 
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

8-12 year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game.

Account Rating

You need be 18-years-old to to subscribe to Xbox Live Gold for online play, but can then configure family accounts for younger players to play online with Xbox One.
 
You need be 18-years-old to subscribe to Nintendo Online, but can then create accounts for children of any age to play online with Nintendo Switch.

AccessibilityAccessibility

In single-player mode, you can select the difficulty of each match, but when playing online or in local multiplayer, there is no such feature. There are many games where you have to use quick reactions and repeatedly press down or hold buttons. While there are tutorials that explain the games, which are all relatively simple and easy to learn, these tutorials only appear in single-player mode.

While most of the text is clear, not all of it is big and some blends into the background, making it difficult to see and read.

Each knight has its own distinct colour that can't be changed, so being able to discern between these colours is essential to the game, which is of particular importance to colourblind players.

As the game is only played from a top-down perspective, it is easy to see where important locations are relative to you, and navigating through the arena is also relatively straightforward. It can be, however, difficult to keep track of your knight, especially if lots of players are near each other, or if the game mode is particularly hectic and fast-paced.
 
Our Knight Squad 2 Accessibility Report documents 18 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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