Knight Squad Reviews

  • russolini77russolini77397,173
    26 Nov 2015 26 Nov 2015
    14 5 3
    Knight Squad is a very colorful multiplayer combat/deathmatch/CTF/domination/etc casual game, great for spending a half hour with a few other people duking it out with tiny knights for domination or bragging rights. There are a variety of play modes, both online and local, that make it easy to play a quick game against random Live opponents, the bots (CPU), or someone sitting next to you. The difficulty levels are selectable when playing against bots, and you can also choose to leave them out if you want to play 1 on 1 instead of 1 on 7.

    The first thing I noticed was the very colorful graphics. The characters are tiny and might be hard to see on a smaller screen, but since they are color coded you can pretty easily tell which one you are. It's top down arenas so it doesn't take much advantage of 3D hardware, but it's a casual game and doesn't need to.

    It's remarkable that the graphics are so simple and yet the loading times seem extremely long. It makes me wonder what all is going on that it needs to load for 15 seconds to show 12 sprites and a few background images and music. This gets extremely frustrating when you are playing the single player challenges and die in 5 seconds and have to wait 15 seconds to try again. Seems like pretty sloppy programming to me.

    The controls are simple- move and attack. There's no shield/block feature, which seems to be a rather important game mechanic outside of this game. There are power ups that upgrade your weapon or switch melee to ranged, or even give you a horse or speed boots, etc.

    There is a great variety of game modes, although most of them are not unique to the game- CTF and Domination and Soccer and Deathmatch and so forth are fairly standard MP game modes these days. Each mode has a handful of different maps to play on.

    There is also a single player challenge mode, where most of the cheevos come from, that pits you against what would otherwise be boss monsters if there were "levels" to play.

    That's really about all there is to it; it's not a bad game, but it does suffer a bit from the loading issue and extremely simple play mechanics - which might not be a bad thing for more casual gamers. The graphics are pretty, the music is superfast electronic dance music, and there's no story or plot or explanation whatsoever. Just a good party game. If you're just after achievements, you could knock out all the achievements in the game in about 2-3 hours.

    [Edit] After reading some other folks' comments about this game, it turns out I was extremely lucky in completing it so quickly. Many people are having a lot of problems with the challenges. If you are easily frustrated, you may wish to consider playing this game with a guest profile first, before you put an achievement permanently on your gamer card.
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    XellizJust got the game through Gold and I pretty much agree with you. One thing that really annoys me is all the Zero value achievements.
    Posted by Xelliz on 05 Dec 15 at 13:53
    russolini77An excellent exercise in how NOT to score achievements! Cause nothing makes you prouder than a meaningless 0 GS cheevo, even if it is a PITA to unlock.
    Posted by russolini77 on 14 Dec 15 at 14:43
    Davis 888Not sure I understand why they even made some 0 like that. It seems kind of random. Also the load screens for such simple graphics like the review says. I also don't understand it at all.
    Posted by Davis 888 on 29 Mar 16 at 09:11