Indie games like Hollow Knight have a special place in my heart. My son, Liam is a budding game developer with some amazing games already in progress.
When loading up Hollow Knight from team cherry on the Nintendo Switch for the first time I couldn’t help but think of Liam’s future. I’ll tell you right now, I’m going to be his biggest fan.
Hollow Knight is described as “An atmospheric adventure through a surreal, bug-infested world.” From the opening scene, you know precisely what kind of journey awaits you; dark and charming.
I was immediately drawn to the atmosphere. Your character’s skull-white face shines as you move through dark levels in the dying underbelly of a town called Dirtmouth.
The gameplay is smooth and enjoyable. There are over 140 hand-drawn enemies and 30 unique bosses lurking sadly through shady Burtonesque environments. The action is simple but well-executed. As a platformer, jumping is a big part of progress and after a few attempts, it begins to feel natural and intuitive.
The controls are minimal and easy to use. The levels present you with multiple options leaving me to wonder if I took the wrong path or if I would ever be able to return and explore missed doorways.
Combat is straightforward but challenging when facing tougher opponents. Your character will die often but never feels like it will set you back too far.
As the trailer suggests, there is so much more to this game. I’m only into the first hour of this dark treat and I intend to press on and explore the beautiful world team cherry has created for us. I highly recommend you pick up a copy of Hollow Knight. It’s excellent so far!
Soundtrack available on Bandcamp.