Knack was set up to be a new generation PlayStation mascot. Following in the footsteps of Crash, Ratchet and even Sackboy, he was a loveable creature, though the game was perhaps anything but loveable.
It’s perhaps one of the most average things I’ve ever played, and despite one or two brilliant sections and some great particle effects as Knack grew from a creature made from a few relics to a colossal beast made of thousands, the game was marred with lots of repetition and generally poor gameplay, along with a side helping of bad environment textures.
It was such a shame too, as there was a genuine basis for something decent, or even fantastic here. The central mechanic worked well, and if difficulties hadn’t been so strange – easy was too easy, normal was hard, and hard was one hit KOs – it would’ve and could’ve been a big hit with the kids.
I reviewed the game, and scored it 5/10, concluding:
Knack is a game with some solid core mechanics which cry out for a bit more polish and a lot more variety in the gameplay. While changing size is truly amazing, it doesn’t bring enough in the table to make the lengthy game fun, and it becomes quite tired after the halfway mark.
There’s some great design here, but it’s joined by some poor choices and visuals. While children may have a blast, the difficulty and controls are a bit strange, as if they weren’t designed with them in mind but everything else was. It’s just utterly average and repetitive, despite there being an underlying potential for something superb.
I do hope Knack comes back in some shape or form, and they make a more distinct and fun platformer which doesn’t feel outdated or generally poor. If his potential is realised, a great new wave of 3D platformers could be begin. And we all want that.
But what did you think of the game? I can imagine this splitting opinion – there will be those who hated it but others may have found genuine enjoyment in Knack’s debut, perhaps not worrying about the repetitive nature.
So, just leave a comment below, with a paragraph or two about the game. Then, add a Buy It, Bargain Bin It, Rent It or Avoid It rating on the end, and if you get your comment in before Sunday afternoon then we might include it in next week’s Verdict round-up.