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: â€œ Black Knight Sword …â€� is the confusing phrase Mario of Super Mario Bros. fame uttered after his brother Luigi shook him to consciousness from the grasp of what he imaged was a terrible nightmare.
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.
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...
Summary: Gray, by Grasshopper standards 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.
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...
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...
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 .
Black Knight Sword is a brutal platformer with old-school sensibilities that challenge your patience and capacity for the macabre.
20 December 2012
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.