Knights And Bikes!

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Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting and Narrative

Released: August 2019, updated in 2020. Added to this library 6 months ago, last updated 10 weeks ago.

Overview

Enter a hand-painted adventure in a fictional late-eighties British island and work together as Nessa and Demelza to explore its coast on bikes to find treasure, mystery and trouble. There’s fighting with frisbees, water balloons, tape cassettes and puddle-stomping. And as you explore the island, you acquire new abilities. As the two heroes encounter an adult world, it’s their ingenuity, friendship and wide-eyed-wonder that guides the adventure.

The chance to play in an imaginative and gleeful childhood world makes this a perfect game to share. The retro-modern Stranger Things-feel is ideal for parents and children playing together. It's a tale that keeps things light but also includes a moving backstory of the passing of one of the characters mother and the journey to come to terms with that in the family.

The two-player cooperative play suits parents and children working together. This, combined with the visual style, gives the game the feel of a Saturday-morning cartoon show. Taking charge of either Nessa or Demelza and exploring the island on their bike is an entertaining and well-observed recreation of backwater holiday destinations.

Commitment

Duration: This game will take between 10 hours and 12 hours to complete.
 
Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room and up to 2 players online. Online multiplayer is PlayStation 4 and PC only.

Costs

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

You will need PlayStation Plus to play online with PlayStation 4. You will need Xbox Live Gold to play online with Xbox One. You will need Nintendo Online to play online with Nintendo Switch.

Ratings

PEGI 7 with non-realistic violence in a child-friendly setting or context, violence that lacks any apparent harm or injury to fantasy or mythical beings and creatures and pictures or sounds likely to be scary to young children. The examiners report expands this rating with the following: This game features combat between children and fantasy characters. The overall visual style is similar to graphic styles found in Saturday-morning cartoons and makes the violence found in combat over-the-top and unrealistic. Next to that, this game also features scenes in which a curse plays a major role. These scenes feature effects, sounds and characters that might scare young children.

In addition to the rating advice parents should note that at one point players throw water on live electrics to make a connection and progress the game.

This game has been rated ESRB EVERYONE 10+.


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.

Accessibility

System settings: Nintendo Switch has some built-in features, including a lockable zoom, that can be used on all games. 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 wide range of system features including some that can be used on all games, like the excellent co-pilot mode... read more.


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