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15 Games Like Hollow Knight

Run, jump and battle your way through the underground kingdom of Hallownest. It’s not uncommon for platform games to invest in the environments through which you pass, but the haunting depths in this game contain more than a veneer of ancient mysteries. Rendered in simple 2D visuals, the world bristles with lore and backstory to the point that this becomes as much as a driver for exploration as powering-up your abilities or defeating enemies. This simplicity also enables Hollow Knight to create a huge labyrinth of interconnected spaces, each with their own enemies, hazards and history.

Unfortunately Hollow Knight is not available on Android, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S or iOS. However, we recommend the following games that offer a similar experience or theme:

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 12/06/2018, updated in 2019

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC and PlayStation 4.

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative and Platform.

 

 

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze

Platforms: Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Wii U

Genres: Action and Platform

Duration: Between 11 hours and 18 hours to complete.

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze is a running, jumping and collecting game where you control Donkey Kong. A second player can control the Diddy Kong sidekick. The challenge is getting to the end of each level, but there are also letters and items to...


Tunic

Platforms: Mac, PC and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Fighting, Platform, Puzzle and Role-Playing

Duration: Between 8 hours and 10 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

You wake up on an island as a small fox, with no memory of how you got there. From a fixed overhead perspective, you push through trees, pick up weapons and learn new moves to discover an expanse of forests, caves and landscapes. Choose your own way...


Ori and the Blind Forest (Series)

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

Genres: Action, Adventure, Narrative and Platform

Duration: Between 9 hours and 13 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Free-to-start.

Both Ori and the Blind Forest and Ori and the Will of the Wisps place you in control of a diminutive elfish spirit called Ori. You run, jump and solve platforming challenges to progress through the world. As you do new powers are unlocked that allow you...


Super Mario Odyssey

Platforms: Nintendo Switch

Genres: Action, Adventure, Open World and Platform

Duration: Between 13 hours and 18 hours to complete.

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Mario has stared in running and jumping Super Mario games on Nintendo hardware since the Nintendo Entertainment System in the 80's. The formula remains unchanged. Explore a level, jump on enemies, collect coins and get to the flag at the end to inch...


Cuphead

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action and Platform

Duration: Between 1 minute and 5 minutes to play a round.

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room and up to 2 players online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Cuphead is a running, jumping and shooting game that looks like an old Mickey Mouse cartoon. You play on your own or with someone else and work across the screen, jumping gaps, shooting enemies and avoiding projectiles.


The Messenger

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Fighting and Platform

Duration: Between 12 hours and 15 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

The Messenger is a platform game where you play as a young ninja after his village is attacked by a demon army. You must deliver a scroll, fighting enemies and pulling off complex acrobatic manoeuvres along the way. The game is inspired by the classic...


Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove (Series)

Platforms: Nintendo 2DS/3DS, Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Wii U, PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Fighting and Platform

Duration: Between 6 hours and 11 hours to complete.

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove is a retro-style platform game where you play as a Knight who's primary weapon is a shovel. It can either be used to attack enemies head-on, dig up treasure, or aim below while jumping to bounce on enemies. You can get...


Recompile

Platforms: Mac, PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X | Series S

Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Platform and Puzzle

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Recompile is a platform game about hacking and exploring an expansive virtual world. Drawing inspiration from the Tron film, It's a combination of classic platform games where you slowly get more powers to advance further, and branching narrative games....


Inmost

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC and iOS Apple Arcade

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Platform

Duration: Between 4 hours and 5 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Inmost is a running and jumping game with a strong emotional and atmospheric narrative. You uncover a dark and interconnected tale of three playable characters, each with their own unique gameplay styles. An adventurous young girl uncovering the past of...


Gunman Clive (Series)

Platforms: Android, Nintendo 2DS/3DS, Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Wii U, PC, PlayStation 4 and iOS

Genres: Action, Platform and Shooting

Duration: Between 1 hour and 3 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Gunman Clive is a platform game where you traverse through a hand drawn western landscape, negotiating moving platforms, traps and enemies. Shooting is a major part of the game, and the player can pick up specialized weapons such as a spread shot,...


Never Alone

Platforms: Android, Mac, Nintendo Wii U, PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action, Adventure, Narrative and Platform

Duration: Between 3 hours and 5 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

Never Alone is a running, jumping and exploring game based on the traditional Iñupiaq tale, "Kunuuksaayuka". You swap between controlling an Iñupiaq girl named Nuna and her Arctic fox companion as you complete puzzles and move the story forwards.


Infernium

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC and PlayStation 4

Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Open World and Puzzle

Duration: Between 14 hours and 16 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Infernium is an adventure horror game where you need to carefully consider your strategy to progress through the non-linear interlocking chapters. Exploring the world, avoiding getting caught by the ethereal enemies and solving puzzles uncovers a story...


Castle Crashers

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure and Fighting

Duration: Between 7 hours and 11 hours to complete.

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 4 players online.

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

Castle Crashers is a cartoon looking fighting game, like Golden Axe, The Simpsons or Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles arcade games, set in a medieval universe where a dark wizard steals a mystical gem and captures four princesses. Four knights are charged...


Dark Souls (Series)

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Narrative and Strategy

Duration: Between 50 hours and 100 hours to complete.

Players: You can play this with 6 players online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Souls is a series of fighting and exploration games. From third-person perspective you navigate interconnected locations while fighting enemies with weapons and magic. Larger boss enemy encounters progress the story. The games are known for their...


Inside

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

Genres: Action, Adventure, Narrative and Platform

Duration: Between 8 hours and 13 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Free-to-start. In-game purchases.

Inside is from the same developer as Limbo. As such, you play another boy in a dark dream-light and horrific world. Here though, it's more modern-day and realistic.


 
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Hollow Knight is in These Lists

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 Hollow Knight in the following lists:

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.
 

Free With Xbox Game Pass

Xbox Game Pass is a subscription service that provides 100 top-tier games. Once subscribed you can download the game at no extra cost. Of the 100 games available the ones in our recommended database are listed below.

You cannot play games you install when your Xbox Game Pass expires, although you do keep any games you have purchased at a discount with your membership. You will need to purchase any in-game extra content in addition to the subscription, although some games include this content for free.
  • Xbox Game Pass £7.99/month
  • Xbox Game Pass Ultimate including Xbox Live Gold for online play £10.99/month
  • Xbox Game Pass PC £7.99/month
Xbox Game Pass Ultimate also enables you to stream over 100 Xbox Game Pass titles, similar to the service offered by PlayStation Now, on mobile devices.

Xbox Live Gold usually costs £6.99/month and is the Xbox service that lets you play with others online. It also offers a few free games each month and substantial discounts.
 

Attempt The Impossible

How hard a game is considered to be depends on who is playing it. A three-year-old tackling Zelda will struggle. But equally a new-to-games-parents will find Mutant Mudds quickly gets beyond them. The games in this list are known for being difficult. They wear the difficulty as a badge of honour. "None shall pass," except this with the will, time and belligerence to get good enough at this particular activity to beat the high bar the game sets.

This might be grappling with the flying mechanics in Rocket League, getting endlessly lost trying to find the next guardian in Shadow of the Collosus or coming up with the right tactic to get enough money for the ship you need in Elite. Of course, some of these games can be made easier, but to play them at their best is to ramp up the difficulty to max (crushing on The Last Of Us for example) and let them give you all they've got.
 
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