Knack (Series) Review

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

Author: Andy Robertson.

OverviewOverview

Knack is a platform action series where you control a shape-shifting robot called Knack. Through beautiful arcade-style battles and worlds, you collect Relics that enable you to grow bigger and gain more powers.

Jumping, dodging, punching, and using enhanced energy-based powers, you take on enemies and save humankind from a species known as the Goblins. It's a fighting game, but with a Pixar feel.

You work through a series of long, linear levels, journeying from start to finish, while battling enemies, such as humans, robots, and vehicles, finding secret hidden objects that give Knack upgrades, climbing, destroying objects, and completing jumping and switch-based puzzles.

DetailsDetails

Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 12/09/2017

Platforms: PlayStation 4.

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

 

CommitmentCommitment

Duration: This game will take between 10 hours and 13 hours to complete.
 
Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online. The second game in the series, Knack 2, expands the co-operative side of the experience so that two players can each control their own main character. It also works to scale the difficulty of the experience to match how the player is doing. It's a great game to play in the family.

CostsCosts

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

This game is free with PlayStation Now.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Knack 2 is rated PEGI 7 because the game features somewhat frantic violence. Fantasy characters and human characters alike always react with an exaggerated reaction (i.e. robots explode and disintegrate, orcs get knocked back a couple of meters, etc.). Knack has a variety of attacks that can be upgraded later in the game. By default, you have a punch and a kick, as well as a double jump and short hover. The reaction of the characters does not change significantly if you choose a different attack. The game does feature a disturbing boss battle at the end of the game. Here a relic creature (like Knack) appears. This relic is black and has red glowing eyes. This boss passes as a disturbing element but is not enough to trigger a fear content descriptor.

The first Knack game was rated PEGI 12+ because it featured human-like characters, all of whom can engage in combat against Knack. When hit the fantasy become disassembled and disappear, likewise the human-like characters will fall over and then disappear.

This game has been rated ESRB EVERYONE 10+.

AccessibilityAccessibility

Knack II supports accessibility in the following ways:
  • Difficulty: There is a wide range of difficulty settings that adjust not only enemies but simplify routes through the levels. You can select a different difficulty at the start of each chapter. You can also turn on in-game hints for direction.
  • Reading: The main narration in Knack II is fully voiced and subtitled, although they need to be switched on from the options menu. They are white text outlined in black but without a solid background. There is other reading to do of small text on transparent background on the gadgets screen.
  • Controls: You can play with two players and pressing the R button warps you to the same location. Buttons and controls introduced with pop-up image of the controller.
  • Image calibration: Can set brightness and toggle HDR (High Dynamic Range). Can't turn off screen shake.
  • Audio calibration: Can set music, effects and voice volume independently.
System Settings

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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