Portal Knights

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Author: Andy Robertson.

Overview

Portal Knights is an adventure set in a Minecraft-like world, but that focuses much more on role-play and characters. You still have the exploration and building elements, but also more story and monsters to take down.

In a world torn apart by the Fracture and terrorized by the Hollow King, you and your friends are its only hope. You can craft items such as pickaxes, swords and tools to smash blocks, fight monsters, and construct elaborate buildings, armour and weapons. As you do that you level up your character.

Choose to be a Warrior, Mage or Ranger, then customize your appearance, abilities, and gear. As you progress, along with levelling, you can acquire more powerful weapons, spells, and special abilities. When you are ready you can take on the Greatbeast "boss" creatures.

Along with the adventure you create, there world itself is evolving around you. The ever-changing landscape responds as you complete quests and earn exclusive items during random events across the fractured world.

Details

Release date: February 2016, updated in 2017

Platforms: Android, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and iOS.

Genres: Action, Adventure, Creative, Fighting, Narrative, Open World, Role-Playing and Simulation.

 

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Commitment

Duration: This game will take between 27 hours and 29 hours to complete. This is for the main story, and doesn't include time hanging out building or additional content.
 
Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 4 players online. Play with friends in 4-person cooperative multiplayer or on a 2-player split screen. Work together to build awe-inspiring architecture and explore dangerous dungeons or play separately.

Costs

Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.

You can purchase packs that grant new characters, outfits, creatures and locations.

You will need Xbox Live Gold (must be 18 to create, then configure family accounts for younger players) to play online with Xbox One. You will need Nintendo Online (must be 18 to purchase, but can be any age to use) to play online with Nintendo Switch. You will need PlayStation Plus (must be 18 to create, then create sub-accounts for younger players who need be set as 13 or older) to play online with PlayStation 4.

Age Ratings

Rated PEGI 7 because of non-realistic violence towards fantasy characters and depictions of non-realistic violence set in a child-friendly setting or context. Players can explore randomly-generated islands in Content-specific issues Players can attack using magic spells and melee. Upon impact, the fantastical characters flash and blink whilst displaying lost health points. Enemies disappear in a puff of smoke when defeated, resulting in loot and experience point rewards. The game features a boss fight with a rather intimidating looking dragon.

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

Accessibility for this game is as follows:
System Settings

Android has accessibility settings including ways to navigate and interact, although not all games support this. 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. iOS has a very extensive suite of accessibility settings including ways to navigate with voice and comprehensive screen reading, though most of the features don't work with games... read more about system accessibility settings.


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Similar Games

The following games are like Portal Knights. They address a similar topic or offer a similar way to play. They are good options to play next and also good alternatives to Portal Knights for younger age ratings.

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In addition to the similar games listed above, which have been linked to this game specifically in the database, you may find games with a similar theme to Portal Knights in the following lists:

Play And Connect

Online games are great because you have a world of opponents to take on and defeat (or be defeated by). But beyond the competitive element of these games are often a strong sense of community and camaraderie.

Players enjoy making new connections in these games, as well as connecting with wider family and friends. Listen to the chatter while children play these games, and you hear as much talk about homework, television, YouTube or what's happening in the world as who to shoot in the head next.
 

Inhabit Another World

Whether it’s a simple puzzle grid, a battlefield or a universe of planets to visit, all games create virtual spaces in which to play. Some of these are simply the background to a campaign - the game’s unfolding drama, missions or challenge. But others invite you to invest in the worlds they create, move in, tend to and inhabit in fantastical ways.

The games in this section invite you to spend time in spaces that have a sense of place, life and character. Worlds that hold history and lore in their landscapes, flora, fauna and inhabitants; environments that respond to your presence and invite you to restore them to their former glory.
 

Work Together to Thrive

Play is more fun when it’s shared. This is as true about video games as it is when building a massive sandcastle on the beach or playing hopscotch in the playground. Finding brilliant team games is a great way to involve more people in the fun and share the experience together as a family. More experienced players naturally help novices contribute to the team.
Along with teamwork, the games I’ve selected here use the fact that players are all sitting next to each other.

These are games where players take on different roles in order to complete unusual tasks. The fun is often as much about the conversations (and arguments) that happen in the room as what’s happening on the screen.
 

Expand LEGO Style Play

These are games that involve actual Lego bricks or offer an experience that has the same plug and play building and creating as the classic toy.
 

Remote Play Together With Steam

Some games are designed with online play. For those that only have local multiplayer, you can use a feature on Steam called Steam Remote Play Together to play these games with a friend in another place as if they were sat next to you. You can use online chat pass the controls back and forth or each control different players to co-operate or compete.

Not all games support these feature but for those that do, listed here, all you need is one copy of the game for the two of you, an account on Steam and a PC to play on in your separate locations and a good internet connection.

You can also use the Steam Remote Play Anywhere feature to stream your games from you PC to another device like a smartphone or tablet. This enables you to play in a different room of the house or on the go.
 
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