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King’s Knight Review: This Is Not a Good Game

The Basics

  • Name: King’s Knight: Wrath of the Dark Dragon
  • Developer: Square Enix
  • Genre: SHMUP, RPG
  • Price: Free, with IAPs

The Details

  • Installed size: 924mb
  • Best played in short-medium sessions
  • No bugs experienced
  • Playable Offline: No

What is King’s Knight?

King’s Knight is a shoot-em’-up RPG from Square Enix. In single player, players choose up to four heroes that they’ve obtained from the game’s gacha system, and pit them against the game’s monsters and destructible environments. In co-op, 4 players each take one hero along for the ride. It plays out almost the same way as the single player mode, the differences being more monsters and boss fights that are a bit harder.

There are 5 different classes of heroes, with each one being slightly different. Heroes can be equipped with weapons (also obtained via gacha), leveled up, and upgraded using some of the loot found while playing the game. Players use one hero at a time, control that hero using a virtual joystick and fire button as the screen constantly pushes further up taking you along with it.

King's Knight Gameplay

Content

  • Sizable single player campaign
  • Stamina system: No
  • PVP: No
  • CO-OP: Yes
  • Social features: None

Presentation

  • Graphics quality: Good
  • Audio quality: Good
  • Audio recommended: No
  • UI quality: Poor
  • Overall presentation: Average

Recommendation

King’s Knight is poorly executed, there’s no other way to put it. The game’s gacha system feels a little bit too “pay to win”, with the gap between a 3 and 4 star hero being extremely significant. Upgrading heroes is possible, but it takes quite a bit of time to get the materials to do so. So while this is far from being one of the worst p2w offenders, it’s not particularly friendly to free users. That would be fine if the game excelled in other areas, it doesn’t. Enemy variety is severely lacking. Going through the game’s menus feels like walking through quicksand, but the worst part here lies in the core mechanics of the game.

What really kills the experience though is the controls. Moving the character can feel smooth when moving over large distances, but making small movements with any sort of accuracy is extremely frustrating. Good controls are an absolute necessity for a SHMUP, and without them, King’s Knight is not worth your time.

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Poor controls
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Note: This review reflects the author’s views on the game at the time it was played. The state of the game may have changed since that time. Please note that installed size includes optional downloads where applicable.
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