Knight Terrors (October 2017)

System:
Nintendo Switch
Publisher:
Nicalis
Developer:
FreakZone Games
Series:
Indie

In this game, you take the role of “the Knight” in this title who flys forward upon hitting A and you face the onslaught of enemies that are coming before you. In the Vein of Flappy Bird, you are dodging and killing enemies while flying through obstacles and avoiding spikes on the ground.

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Gameplay

The gameplay in this title is very reminiscent of that of the old Flappy Bird app on mobile devices. You guide your Knight by tapping to fly over spikes or in between obstacles. Although there is one twist, enemies will come flying at you while you’re playing, and you will need to act fast by swinging your sword to kill them. Knight Terrors is a great take on this style of game and offers a twist that changes up the gameplay.

The game features different modes and a variety of play styles that you can unlock by achieving high scores. The first being a classic mode where it’s your classic run/jump to avoid obstacles. The next being a mode called flight Terrors where you are restricted to flight while enemies come flying at you. You also have a high scores board that lets you check your highest scores in each mode. If I had to choose a favorite mode, I would choose the Knight Terrors mode. In this mode, you have an endless onslaught of enemies coming at you while you’re flying through obstacles above endless spikes.

There’s also plenty of power-ups that are unlocked based on certain high score criteria in other game modes. I won’t go through them all, but some powerups range from repeatedly throwing axes at your enemies to even giving you an extra heart to your life counter in a run.

Sound

The game features some catchy 8-bit style tunes that get you into the action and mood of Knight Terrors! From swinging your sword and vanquishing foes, to dying, to flapping your wings, there’s a sound for everything in Knight Terrors. The music definitely kept me interested in this title and always kept me coming back for more.

Visuals

The visuals gave me the classic 8-bit style vibe for this title. It is definitely conveyed as an 8-bit styled game when playing just from looking at the Knight and the various enemies and foes.

Difficulty

The difficulty of this title gets harder as you progress but definitely becomes a little easier with the various power-ups you can unlock.

In my opinion, it doesn’t have the perfect difficulty, but it can certainly be a challenge as your score increases and you don’t have access to many of the game’s powerups (where unlocking is based on reaching a certain score).

Conclusions

Although it has many similarities to the dozens of Flappy Bird clones, it does differentiate itself enough, such as killing enemies that are coming at you and the various game modes. Although some of the game mode unlocks are rigorous, everything in the game is doable. I loved the 8- and 16-bit aesthetic and the music was awesome to listen to when playing through Knight Terrors.

Knight Terrors was provided by Nicalis to Switch Nindies for the purposes of this review. If you have questions about how we score the games that we review, check out our Review Rubric page. You can also read our Ethics Policy regarding getting and using review copies.

Knight Terrors

$2.99
Knight Terrors
6.3

Gameplay

6.0/10

Visuals

6.0/10

Sound

6.0/10

Difficulty

7.0/10

Pros

  • Ability to track individual high scores
  • Variety of game modes

Cons

  • Gamemode unlock criteria
  • Lack of online/global leaderboards