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Posted: 19 months ago, last updated 6 weeks ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer, Jo Robertson, Ben Kendall and Joe Eaton.


Knockout City is a futuristic sports game where rival crews take on dodgeball style battles. It combines arena battles with projectile combat. With the focus on the ball as much as the other players, this brings more strategy and a great emphasis on sports gameplay than games like Overwatch or Fortnite.

You can customise your character and create a team with friends. Then take on opponents in online matches opponents. These are sprawling battles that take place in large open city environments. You learn a range of trick shots and coordinated team moves to take down opponents. Passing the ball powers it up to increase damage.

Although each match is either 3v3, 4v4, or free-for-all, there are a range of ball types, locations, and game modes. These will be expanded each season with new content and game options.

The result is a high octane game that combines the skill-based locomotion of Rocket League with the more direct competitive nature of games like Overwatch. It’s easy to pick up but requires practice to master.

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 21/05/2021

Price: Free

Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Fighting and Sports

Accessibility: 28 features

Developer: Velan Ventures (@VelanVentures)

Players: 1 (8 online)




Play Time: It takes between 6 minutes and 12 minutes to play a round of this game.

Play StylePlay Style

You can play this by yourself or as a 8-player online game. Cross-Platform: You can play across different systems.

You can play this game in the following styles:

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 7 because it features mild violence in a child-friendly setting. This game features non-realistic mild violence. When human characters are hit with dodgeballs, they flash red and are knocked backwards. When defeated, they fall to the ground in slow-motion. Players can also be hit by cars. This simply knocks the player backwards and does not cause injury.
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.

Skill Rating

10+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game.

Account Rating

You need be 18-years-old to to subscribe to Xbox Live Gold for online play, but can then configure family accounts for younger players to play online with Xbox One or Xbox Series X|S.
You need be 18-years-old to subscribe to Nintendo Online, but can then create accounts for children of any age to play online with Nintendo Switch.
You need be 18-years-old to subscribe to PlayStation Plus for online play, but can create sub-accounts for younger players of 7-years or older to play online with PlayStation 4 or PlayStation 5.


Knockout City usually costs £0 to £17.99. 

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This game is free to play. Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.  

You need to purchase a Nintendo Online subscription to play online with Nintendo Switch.
You need to purchase a PlayStation Plus subscription to play online with PlayStation 4 or PlayStation 5.
You need to purchase a Xbox Live Gold subscription to play online with Xbox One or Xbox Series X|S.
There's a Brawl Shop in the game, where you can buy cosmetic items for customisation with Holobux. You earn Holobux just by playing and levelling up, but if you want to buy Holobux with real money.


Our Knockout City Accessibility Report documents 28 accessibility features:
Although you cannot select the game's difficulty, you are automatically matched to games with other players of a similar skill level to you. There is an optional tutorial divided into several sections that enables you to hone your skill and learn the basics, as well as a training mode that enables you to practice without the stress of a real match.

During a match, there is no text, but outside play most of the information is displayed textually. It contrasts well, either light on dark or vice versa, and is generally quite large, although some of the extra information (about game modes and the like) can be smaller.

There is no in-game map, but during a match you are shown the position of your fellow team members with translucent markers that appear over the gameplay. Due to this translucency, they have a tendency to blend into the background. If you are looking at any player in the match, their name and health hover above their character and they are clearly marked using arrows.

Although the game is generally high-contrast, members of the blue team can often tend to blend into the bluish-gray of the pavement and concrete present in many areas of the game. To combat this, players are outlined in their colour, and the previously mentioned arrows can also help to locate players, but it can still be difficult at times.

In the Controls section of the menu, you can view the control scheme and remap buttons, as well as select whether you need to toggle or hold a button for a specific action to occur.

Many actions, such as successfully hitting an opposing player, are marked by sound effects. Each action's sound is different from others, allowing you to quickly comprehend what is happening. Not being able to hear these cues shouldn't make it any harder to keep up with the action, even when multiple things happen in rapid succession due to the many visual indicators also present.

Diversity and InclusionDiversity and Inclusion

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