Hollow Knight Review

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Posted: 10 months ago, last updated 6 months ago.

Author: Andy Robertson.

OverviewOverview

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 civilisation and alien history.

DetailsDetails

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

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

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC and PlayStation 4.

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative and Platform.

 

TipsTips

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CommitmentCommitment

Duration: This game will take between 20 hours and 30 hours to complete.
 
Players: This is a single player game. 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.

CostsCosts

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.

This game is free with Xbox Game Pass.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

PEGI 7 for mild violence to fantasy characters and pictures or sounds likely to be scary to young children. The examiners report expands this rating with the following: 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.

This game has been rated ESRB EVERYONE 10+.

AccessibilityAccessibility

Accessibility for this game is as follows:
System Settings

Nintendo Switch has some built-in features, including a lockable zoom, that can be used on all games. Windows has extensive accessibility features. Some, like colour correction, work with games. Lots of accessibility software can be used with PC games, from voice recognition to input device emulators. PlayStation 4 has a range of accessibility settings. Some are system only, some work in games (invert colours and button mapping)... read more about system accessibility settings.


 




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