Summary: Within my first thirty minutes of playing Black Knight Sword , I encountered a menu option called "cat head grass," a giant mother eye that eats hearts, and severed skulls in a microwave oven that serve as health power-ups. Yep, this is definitely a Grasshopper Manufacture and Digital Reality joint.
Summary: It's short and difficult, it repeats bosses at the end, and it's not the most finely tuned action platformer out there, but it ignites that nostalgic joy of childhood in an original and interesting way. That, and it says things about games... without playing like a cinder block.
Pros: Wonderful visual presentation, Stellar sound design, Feels retro and fresh at the same time, Bizzarely intriquing, Formidable challenge
Cons: Wide difficulty gap between easy and normal, Repeated bosses, Short duration, Little play diversity
Excerpt: Old. School. Pain. If you’re an old enough gamer to remember old school action-platformers, you remember how difficult those games could be. They tested players constantly, often pushing them up to and past their breaking points. Black Knight Sword harkens back to a time when such experiences were more commonplace.
Summary: : At a fair ten dollar asking price, I have no issues in recommending Black Knight Sword to someone who likes platform games, and those who are fans of Suda 51’s craziness will find a lot to appreciate here. If you’re in the mood for something that you’ve played a few times before, but never seen anything quite like, Black Knight Sword is money.
Excerpt: If there is a common thread that weaves together games from Grasshopper Manufacturer, it's that the end-result will almost certainly be nuts. The development philosophy seems to start with an established genre, then throw as many incongruent and bizarre things as possible to keep players off guard and/or entertained.
Excerpt: Player(s): 1 Extra Features: Leaderboards Black Knight Sword is a side-scrolling platformer co-developed by Grasshopper Manufacture and Digital Reality. The game is available for $9.99 on the PS Store or 800 points on the Xbox LIVE marketplace. Playing Black Knight Sword is like playing through a twisted fairy tale from a storybook. The game looks like it all takes place on a theater stage.
Excerpt: Black Knight Sword is an M-rated, 2D side-scrolling platformer that conjures up not only feelings of nostalgia, but also a welcome sense of refreshment. While it may be your typical hack n’ slash title that follows an age-old, linear formula, this Grasshopper/Digital Reality title is far from average. It’s… odd, to say the least. Very odd – with Goichi Suda being a main collaborator on the project.
Excerpt: Embark on the most epic of epic quests. Live out the tale of the fabled black knight and slay all manner of grotesque beasts. Tarry an evening with a mad, macabre, evil queen. This is Black Knight Sword .
Summary: There's no shame in taking the easy way out, especially when playing a gruesome platformer like Black Knight Sword. Its five stages don't appear insurmountable at first, but it doesn’t take long for merciless traps to pick away at your confidence and measly stock of extra lives. The chilling presentation and strict mechanics may lose you at first, but digging deeper into Black Knight Sword heightens your appreciation for its intricate web of creative misdirection.