In an age where we are bombarded with shooter after shooter, comes a sleeper hit that will just make you happy without trying to be anything more than a fun experience. Enter a Knight’s Quest, where you take the role of Rusty, who is not your typical hero type. Rusty’s a clumsy adventurer who accidentally sets about the end of the world. Thus, he is thrown into an epic adventure that will miss the 80’s while feeling like an old friend.
In order to right his wrongs, he’ll need to solve mind-bending puzzles, fight challenging enemies, defeat huge bosses and platform his way through a fantastic open world. Alas, no princesses that need saving. Our hero doesn’t have time for that!
The funny thing is the game kind of takes on some supernatural tones. For instance, you are tasked with finding the legendary heroes “The Spirit Knights”. With hero titles like that, you know it’s going to be a fun ride!
Playing “A Knight’s Quest”, made me feel like I was back in my younger days when games were fun and the characters made you fall in love with them. The gameplay starts you off as most do with a mini-tutorial. Then as you become familiar with the controls you are thrown into the story.
Now this game will make you think of another hero who wields and sword and shield and who also can’t seem to keep out of trouble. The nice thing about this game is the combat isn’t overly complicated, which surprisingly doesn’t take away from the experience as a whole.
At some points, it feels like the game makes fun of itself. What with the 80’s references when you pick up items or the zany characters you meet. The thing I find the most enjoyment out of is the look and feel of the game. From the vibrant colors. To the cartoonish character designs with so much personality!
As Rusty, players will explore the world of Regalia and all its mysteries. From the mysterious dungeons to icy peaks, to even a cursed swamp. Now I said this game will make players think of familiar titles like Legend of Zelda, Jak and Daxter, and other action-adventure games we know and love. The navigation is fine, but it’s almost as if the game expects you to get lost so you can find your way through.
Rusty will start with basic weapons that will be upgraded. He will even gain special abilities or rather ” Spirit Powers”. Rusty will be able to harness the powers of earth, wind, and fire. Of course, let us not forget the side missions of the game. I think they took a page out of Assassins Creed with the pigeons in the first game. The reason I say this is due to the fact, players will find themselves looking for hidden slime in a similar aspect. You can feel what influenced the developers.
The game does have some performance problems that take place at the very beginning of the game. Players will get stuck in deep water and the game decides to respawn you right where you were. The game needed to be reset to continue. Discovering bugs that early on did have me concerned for what’s to come.
One of my biggest gripes is that in this day in age why don’t we have voice acting? I feel like most games nowadays should be able to include that. Some of the other side notes were that the game has some bugs to work out. While combat is smooth, it feels like something is missing.
“Why is water always an issue for these protagonists?” After another silent protagonist had some issues with water, one would think that others that follow wouldn’t.
On a side note, the puzzle aspect of the game is fun. I did find myself overthinking at some moments but worked through it in the end. The mashup of these elements does help the game as a whole.
After playing the game, I can feel the creative team’s love and passion for the game. You can appreciate the homage to the Legend of Zelda series. You’ll enjoy about 30 hrs of gameplay overall. I think this title will surprise gamers new and old alike. It’s the perfect mix for a gaming experience.
Note: GameOctane received a digital code from the publisher for the purpose of reviewing this game. Any code or product intended for reviews is distributed to the team to review and stream for our audience.
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Combat is fast and fluid.
Playing the hero has never felt so rewarding.
Enjoyable cast of characters.
The game will experience some glitch issues.
Not as challenging in some aspects.
A lot of backtracking.
Lack of voice acting.