A knight’s Quest swings into Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. Toronto based developer Sky 9 is giving the action open-world formula a fresh lick of paint on this epic quest. Introducing protagonist Rusty, an adventurer with a heart of gold if a little on the unreliable side, as he is tasked with puzzle-solving, item collecting, ridding the land evil and fighting giant bosses (you know, the usual). It will certainly be the ultimate test for our plucky hero.
Rusty starts his adventure in true Nathan Drake style. Things go from bad to worse leading to a nail-biting sequence that sees our wannabe hero in a mad dash for freedom as the tomb he is exploring begins to collapse around him. There are several of these set pieces throughout the game that spice up the action. Although the game is touted as drawing inspiration from classics such as The Legend of Zelda and Metroid it is clear from the art style and gameplay that it bears a number of similarities to the Jak and Daxter series, also by Naughty Dog as the aforementioned Uncharted.
After the thrilling introduction, Rusty then moves into the core of the story and the open-world setting. Pick up side quests or progress the main story, it’s up to you as the player to define. The story is driven by text interactions with the obligatory one-liner voice over mixed in. Hit the options to see the mini-map and locate the next area to explore, it is exactly what you would hope for and expect. There’s a charm to A Knights Quest but scratching the surface it feels a little lacking in paces. Rusty communicates back to his sidekick via headphones and a backup peripheral that is oddly positioned.
Visuals are a mixed bag truth be told, overall it looks great but there are key details that lack finesse. While they never truly detract from the experience it just feels a little deflating when it’s clear to see that a lot of love and effort has been put into the finished package. The background worlds are colour rich and beautifully realised, the detail in each area really helps to add emotion to the story that unfolds. Moving from dark and spooky cave systems to lush sprawling fields full of life. Character models, for the most part, are well designed and realised. The exaggerated cartoon feel is suited to the angle the developer is looking to hook into but my biggest gripe is with the facial detail. In fact it damn right looks out of place on Rusty et al, the sprite-based eyes and mouth just don’t work. It gave flashbacks of the horrific Roblox characters my kids still have nightmares about, the saving grace here is that the majority of A Knight’s Quest is played with the camera sitting just behind Rusty. There is very much a high definition PS2 feel, a little clunky but everything works perfectly on the Nintendo Switch even in handheld mode.
From our time with A Knights Quest it has certainly been entertaining, the game is fairly big and to give it it’s full justice we want to finish all sidequests before making judgement. With that in mind, we’ll be back soon with an in-depth look into the full experience but for now why not check out the official blurb:
Solve mind-bending puzzles, fight challenging enemies, defeat huge bosses and platform your way through a fantastic open world in this lavish take on classic action adventure games.
Rusty begins his adventure with just a trusty sword and basic shield, but he’ll soon unlock ‘Spirit Powers’ – spectacular abilities which have the power to transform not only himself, but also the world around him. Harness the powers of Fire, Ice and Time to devastating effect, using them to conquer enemies in battle or solve environmental puzzles.
- A massive action-adventure set in a breathtaking open world
- Meet a huge cast of hilarious characters
- Pull off epic combos with a simple-to-use combat system
- Explore the world in style as you wall-run, grind and leap through each vast area
- Colossal bosses. And we mean colossal
Can’t wait for our final say so, you can buy the game using this handy link!