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Review: Knytt Stories
The game opens in a small wide window with a few buttons at the bottom.
Besides the buttons and some rotating dots there is very little going on in the window.
Some gentle music plays in the background
Clicking on the buttons takes you instantly to whatever you want which is nice and there is no waiting through any logos which i feel is always a good idea for the impatient gamer of today.
The levels themselves are categorized although there is only one level to start off with and a tutorial level.
Getting into the game itself, controlling a Knytt you have to run about the non scrolling screens collecting small basic powerups that allow you to get to new places in the map. Ultimately saving the world or whatever the designer decides to make happen. The controls are simple and easy to control. Since Knytt gradually gains new powers you aren't given too much to learn at once and as such you can dive straight in. Most of the baddies are relatively simple to avoid meaning you're rarely at risk of getting a game over. Although you actually just restart at the last save point when you die anyway.
The graphics too are simple. With basic square floor tiles and similar backgrounds usually with a gradient. Knytt and all the enemies are small too to the point where you don't even look at them when rushing past, if it moves avoid it! um there isn't a lot i can say, there is a large variety of tiles but they're all very basic so you don't really feel like you're seeing anything new. Although it is nice to progress to a new area, it wont be to see the new graphics...
Music? well there are more sound effects. You'll mostly hear nothing but footsteps, although some screens will have sounds depending on what the level maker has included. Water, Wind etc. Well ok there is music on the occasion. It depends on the screen and wont last long unless you stay on the same screen for more than 5 second, Which you probably wont.
Potentially the game can last forever given that there is a well made level editor and a sizable fan community. But as with most games if you like the game it will last longer than if you don't like the game. I can't say if you'll play it for long but i got fed up before i had finished the level that comes with the download.
Knytt stories is one of the most well known and popular games ever made in the Click community. Perhaps even the indie games community too. I hadn't played it until a few weeks ago and to be honest i feared it had been a little over hyped by it's fans. I was hoping to be pleasantly surprised. Unfortunately after playing it i still can't see what all the fuss is about. It's a well made, but basic platform/puzzler.
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