Hollow Knight (Series) Review

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Posted: 13 months ago, last updated 9 days ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer and @JonahMonaghan.

OverviewOverview

Hollow Knight, and the sequel Hollow Knight Silksong, are games 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

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

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

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative and Platform

Developer: @TeamCherryGames

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CommitmentCommitment

Duration: 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.
 
Players: This is a single player game.

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.

ESRB EVERYONE 10+ for Fantasy Violence, Mild Blood.

AccessibilityAccessibility

Accessibility for this game is as follows:

Difficulty

How you can adjust the challenge of play, and assistance the game offers when you fail or get stuck.

Low Pressure: Game tasks aren’t time-limited or with a high emphasis on performance. Or there is a low pressure play-mode available.

Assistance

View Control Mapping: You can view a map of controls during play.

Tutorials: There are helpful tutorials, instructions and tips.

Reading

How much reading or listening comprehension is required, and how accessible this is.

Moderate Reading: Moderate reading required.

Text Visibility

Large Clear Text: Text is large and clear, or can be adjusted to be.

High Text Contrast: Text colour contrasts to background.

Any spoken content has subtitles: All spoken content has subtitles, or there is no speech in the game.

Speaker Indicator: Captions or icons and speech bubbles indicate who is speaking.

Controls

How you control the game, different options for alternative inputs and whether you can remap these settings to suit your needs.

Multiple Buttons & Two Sticks: Can play with multiple buttons and two sticks.

Mouse And Keyboard

Keyboard Alone: Can play with just the keyboard.

Mouse and Keys: Can play with mouse and multiple keys.

Remap Controls

You can customise the controls for the game as follows:

Remap Buttons: Re-map all buttons/keys.

Remap Mouse and Keyboard: Remap mouse and keyboard.

Image

How you can adjust the visuals to suit your needs, and offer additional information if you can't hear the game.

Large Game Elements: Game characters and other elements are large and distinguishable.

Audio Cues for Visual Events: Audio is provided to indicate visual events.

Colourblind friendly: Game doesn’t rely on colour or can switch to colourblind friendly mode.

Clear Interface: The game navigation, maps and information are clear to read, large or adjustable.

Audio

How you can adjust the audio of the game and whether audio cues compensate for aspects of the game that are hard to see.

Balance Audio Levels: Set music and game sound effects separately.

Play Without Hearing: No audio cues are necessary to play the game well

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). Xbox One has a system features, the excellent co-pilot share controls mode and adaptive controller support for all games... read more about system accessibility settings.

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