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Knights And Bikes! Review

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Posted: 21 months ago, last updated 4 weeks ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.

OverviewOverview

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.

Image 241The game also has a series of books by Gabrielle Kent that expand the world and character of the island, while taking Nessa and Demelza on new adventures. In addition there is an animated cartoon in the works and you can download a recipe to make the cream tea you have in the game.

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Release Date: 26/08/2019, updated in 2020

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Adventure and Narrative

Accessibility: 19 features

Developer: @FoamSwordGames

CommitmentCommitment

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.

CostsCosts

Knights And Bikes! usually costs £16.74 to £19.79.
 

Knights And Bikes!

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

Age RatingsAge 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+.


Skill Rating: This game is enjoyed by 9+ year-olds as it's a good match for their ability and maturity. The two player mode gets around the reading requirement and let's younger players benefit from parental help.
 
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.

AccessibilityAccessibility

You need to hold buttons to sprint and to trigger some special moves. If played in single-player mode the computer will play as the 2nd character and offer hints when puzzles are blocking game progression. A pet goose (Captain Honkers) will guide players in the larger environments with a visual indicator on the HUD and with audio cues.
 
Our Knights And Bikes! Accessibility Report details 19 accessibility features:


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