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.
Excerpt: Retro games have experienced a renewed insurgence during the modern era of digital content delivery and consumer accessibility. Ease of development, nostalgic marketability, lightweight mobile platforms, and publisher cash-in opportunities all seem to play some part in this trend. It can often be discouraging to wade through what feels like a children’s ball pit of rehashed ideas and unimpressive sameplay that suggest a lack of care for the medium, but projects like...
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
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: 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.
Conclusion: Black Knight Sword is a textbook example of Suda 51′s proclivity to pair incredible audiovisual trappings with uneven gameplay. The dreary visual style and outstanding soundtrack do a great job of drawing you into its celebration of all things strange, but ultimately, the middling action sucks away a large amount of the fun to be had. I was always interested in what my senses would pick up next, but I often dreaded actually taking those steps forward.
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: 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 .
Excerpt: All in all, Grasshopper seems to have phoned it in a little on this one. Black Knight Sword is certainly a solid game, but it relies a little too heavily on its wild aesthetics, which we should all expect from Grasshopper at this point. What it lacks are the unique gameplay mechanics that typically accompany the unconventional window dressing.
Pros: Brilliant setting, style, and soundtrack. Fun nods to past classics, great price
Cons: The unique style of the game betrays the uninspired mechanics; incredibly short