Portal Knights Review

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Posted: 6 months ago.

Author: Andy Robertson.

OverviewOverview

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.

DetailsDetails

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 25/02/2016, 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

 

CommitmentCommitment

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.

CostsCosts

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 RatingsAge Ratings

This game has been rated ESRB EVERYONE 10+.

 

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.


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

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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