Wind-up Knight Review
- Compelling, fast-paced platforming; kept in check via 'wind down' system.
- Complex and varied level designs and environments.
- Unlockable items add to the experience.
- 'Wind down' indicator indefinite; no way to predict time left with certainty.
- Longer stages could use a checkpoint system to alleviate frustration.
While Android gamers have already had their fun with Wind-up Knight, iOS gamers finally get their chance to play around with the clockwork protagonist while proving their skill at overcoming numerous platforming hazards one-after-the-other.
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Sometimes a developer can get so caught up in an idea that they'll let slide something as fundamental as ensuring the gameplay remains engaging just to keep a concept on board. Wind-up Knight by Robot Invader could very well have slipped in to this trap thanks to its clockwork protagonist, but not only does the idea make for a charming theme, it also makes for a compelling platformer.
Born from the same school of thought that spawned titles like BIT.TRIP RUNNER, the clockwork knight you control cannot be stopped and it's up to you to jump, attack, roll or shield him as required to survive the many pitfalls in his way. It's a relatively simple idea, but players aren't able to exploit the knight's abilities at whim - eventually he will 'wind down' unless special tokens are collected or certain stunts (such as blocking falling debris or killing enemies) are performed.
In this way the game keep the momentum fast and players set on track as they attempt to collect coins to raise their final score or better still, find hidden 'cards' to unlock special items. Other items can be purchased as well, with most providing special bonuses such as ignoring a hit from debris or allowing players to roll through obstacles. These in turn make it easier to ace earlier levels in order to unlock the bonus nightmare stages. As expected these levels mix up the challenge, defying conventions while introducing new tricks and traps to keep you on your toes.
However, just because the game sports stunningly charming aesthetics; a huge variety of level environments; and unique music for each, doesn't mean it isn't without flaws. Notably, stages force players to restart no matter where they've died as there are no checkpoints. Thankfully restarting is quick and painless, and more often than not the tight and simple controls mean it's often the players fault for such mistakes, making it easier to swallow such a penalty (though the occasional lengthy level can result in inventing all-new curse words).
If there's any real disappointment to be had from Wind-up Knight it's that the experience seems to be over all too soon - despite packing in 52 levels, hidden collectables and unlockable items, the game only takes a few hours to complete. That said, such a complaint is rendered almost moot by the fun all of that time represents, making Wind-up Knight a great pickup for fans of skill-based platformers or endless runners.
DescriptionWind-up Knight by Robot Invader is a high-end, action-packed, 3D side-scrolling adventure game, and it's here to show you how games are supposed to be played.
Guide your Wind-up Knight through devilish levels--over 50 in all--to rescue the Princess from the clutches of the evil Black Knight. Run, jump, roll, and slash your way to victory. Not your typical runner game, Wind-up Knight is the type of challenging game you've been missing in your life.
Here are some bullet points all up in your grill:
• Over 50 soul-crushing levels in four unique worlds.
• Intense platforming action: double jumping, wall sliding, dive and roll, just to name a few cool moves.
• Universal app with iCloud support and Game Center achievements!
• New weapons and armor unlock as you play the game. Use the Armory to equip items and customize your character!
• Original soundtrack by Josh Whelchel.
Wind-up Knight has been designed from the ground up by Robot Invader to provide a console-level experience for your iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. The Princess hasn't got all day, download it now!
Note: if you are mega awesome it is possible to unlock all the levels in this game for free. If you prefer to pay a few bucks to unlock levels, that's cool too.
Note 2: If you bought Wind-up Knight before its price was changed to FREE on February 22, 2012, make sure to beat the first level before updating to this version so that the content you paid for remains unlocked.
"A success story from start to finish...Wind-up Knight has quickly skyrocketed to my list of favorite iOS games of 2011." - Tara Long, DESTRUCTOID
"Wind-up Knight is the cream of the crop of its genre. It's gorgeous, runs smoothly and is unfailingly punishing. But it's never unfair, and that's why I love it. 5/5 " - Nissa Campbell, TOUCH ARCADE
"Wind-Up Knight is a game I have no problem referring to as a Must Play. 4.5/5" - Rob Rich, 148APPS
What's New in Version 2.2- iPhone 5 full screen support (FINALLY!)
- Improved performance
- Lots of bugs fixed.