• arrow
    LOG IN 
    • Log in using an option below.
         
      Forgot password?
      Login with Facebook
      Sign in with Twitter

  • REGISTER
ABOUT US
Contact Us Who Are We? Hall Of Fame Advertising With PG Games Archive
BEST GAMES
Best games on iPhone Best games on iPad Best games on Android
FREE STUFF
Best free games on iPhone Best free games on iPad Best free games on Android Competitions
GAME SALES
iPhone game sales iPad game sales Android game sales
UPDATED GAMES
Latest iPhone game updates Latest iPad game updates Latest Android game updates
NEW RELEASES
New iPhone games New iPad games New Android games
MORE PG SITES
PG.biz PG FRANCE PG Game Guides PG GameHubs PG Connects 2014
MORE SM SITES
AppSpy Free App Alliance 148 Apps Android Rundown iPhone Quality Index iPad Quality Index Android Quality Index Swipe Magazine Best App Ever Awards
PARTNERS
Metacritic
GameRankings
Pocket Gamer on NewsNow
GamesTracker
dx.net
UK Mobile Pages Directory
Skinflint Price Comparison
PlayStation Vita  header logo

Knytt Underground

For: PS Vita

Knytt what you expect

Product: Knytt Underground | Developer: Nifflas' Games | Publisher: Ripstone | Format: PS Vita | Genre: Action, Adventure, Platform | Players: 1 | Version: Europe
 
Knytt Underground PS Vita, thumbnail 1
I'm going to assume that you don't know very much about the origins of Nifflas's Knytt Underground. Don't worry - I hadn't heard of it either.

Created by one man by the name of Nicklas Nygren - or Nifflas - Knytt Underground is a spiritual sequel to previous PC indie games Knytt and Knytt Stories. It also contains more than a dash of another early title called Within a Deep Forest.

While this is quite possibly the game that Nifflas has been building up to making for years, Knytt Underground doesn't require you to know anything about its origins before venturing in.

Left in the dark

In fact, Knytt Underground wants you to enter its world in a state of ignorance, just like its mute amnesiac protagonist Mi.

Spelunking through its vast expanses and leaping over its chasms evokes memories of Metroid and Castlevania, thanks to the sheer size and scope of the sprawling tunnels you have to navigate. It just wants you to feel lost within its cavernous underground world.

And it rations information very closely, meting it out through quirky quests and deliberately awkward dialogue.

Nifflas knows what he's doing. By the end of the second chapter, he even has the peculiar semi-narrator that adumbrates your journey telling you to "bear with" the story.

It all finally begins to make sense in Chapter Three.

Not perfect sense, mind, but enough to make your aimless jumping, climbing, and bouncing feel as through they may eventually lead somewhere.

Spelunking everywhere

Because Knytt Underground is built using just the bare gameplay essentials of movement and jumping - with an automatic climb and grab action - the real challenge comes from its environments.

Exploring the world and navigating from quest to quest becomes a test of memory and puzzle-solving as you plot a route while avoiding enemies and hazards.

Water poses no threat, and nor does falling from a great height, but acid and lava are dangerous substances. Enemies can also kill you with one hit, meaning you have to use your surrounding 2D environment to your advantage.

While Knytt Underground is enjoyable, it can also be an incredibly frustrating game.

This isn't just because of badly timed jumps and those aforementioned hazards. It's because you'll frequently reach a goal only to find out that you need to collect something you missed to move on. Annoying, the game rarely tells you where you need to go to find said items.

You do get a nice pointer on your map if you've passed through a point of interest, though, so you can backtrack easily if you didn't notice something first time around - which is rather handy.

What Knytt Underground lacks in presentation and polish it makes up in scope and content. This is the vision of a single developer on a sprawling scale. You’ll feel lost at first, but thanks to your own curiosity you'll end up diving in and exploring everything its caverns have to offer.
 
Knytt Underground
Reviewer photo
Vaughn Highfield | 1 January 2013
Knytt Underground is slow to start and difficult to interpret, but you’ll always have fun exploring its environments and surmounting the puzzles that environment presents
 
Have Your Say
Post a comment - Please log in to leave a comment
Pocket Gamer Biz     PG Login
Login with Facebook Sign in with Twitter
Joined:
Sep 2011
Post count:
96
Tiel | 08:50 - 2 January 2013
...and free to download right now on PS+
I now have too many vita games to play, especially as Sonic transformed has such a meaty career and compelling mechanics.
Gravity rush is downloaded from plus and all unopened, just like an extra present under the tree.
 
POPULAR REVIEWS LATEST COMMENTS LATEST NEWS
LATEST VIDEOS
VIDEO REVIEWS