• Publisher: SCEA
  • Release Date: Nov 15, 2013
Metascore
54

Mixed or average reviews - based on 83 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 83
  2. Negative: 28 out of 83
  1. Dec 12, 2013
    49
    Knack is boring, frustrating and visually shallow: one of the worst launch titles in PlayStation history.
  2. Nov 27, 2013
    45
    Knack is not at all indicative of the PlayStation 4's potential. The gameplay and the storytelling are banal even by last-gen standards.
  3. Nov 22, 2013
    45
    Knack would have been a passable game twenty years ago, but now it just feels tired and uninspired.
  4. Nov 18, 2013
    45
    Knack, while conceptually interesting, never rises above being an OK platformer without any real positive memorable aspects, but plenty of frustrating ones. If you’ve ever wondered what a tech demo turned into a full-fledged game would be like, Knack is—or very much feels—like that.
  5. Nov 13, 2013
    45
    Knack is a redundant and simplistic game that doesn’t convince as a next gen launch title. The combat and enemies create an annoying gameplay cycle, and the badly written story offers no reason to keep playing. Knack isn’t the fantastic next-gen exclusive we hoped it would be.
  6. Jan 26, 2014
    40
    I have absolutely no idea what caused Knack to be the kind of game that is, because it just doesn't make any sense. Whether it's the case of being a a vanity project that went unchecked or just another could-have-been that lost its way while rushing to meet the PS4's launch date, the bottom line is that it's a misguided title too simple for adults and too difficult for children.
  7. Jan 2, 2014
    40
    As a launch title for a new console Knack will probably not satisfy anyone. It’s not a total disaster but it’s a bad uninspired game, lacking both variety and interesting game design.
  8. Dec 29, 2013
    40
    An idea with insane potential crippled by limiting transformations to scripted events. [Feb 2014, p.76]
  9. 40
    An average retro platformer with stylish visuals. Knack glances off the surface of next-gen potential and tries to lure in the casual gamers. Quite a lazy approach. [Issue#237]
  10. Dec 18, 2013
    40
    Knack works neither as a preview of the PS4 hardware possibilities, nor as an entertainment for the whole family, nor as an entertaining arcade game. This is a typical title that's been made for the purpose of stretching out the launch games' index.
  11. Mastering hard games can be supremely rewarding, but overcoming a punishing encounter in Knack more often draws a sigh of relief rather than a loud whoop and fist pumps.
  12. Nov 27, 2013
    40
    A linear, repetitive and badly balanced experience whose mediocrity isn't justified by it's apparent "kiddie" nature. Mostly due to the fact that game is punishing, has horrible defensive mechanics, and never makes use of its potential. Ever.
  13. Nov 25, 2013
    40
    The worst thing, though, is that Knack is sabotaging itself with its weak technical make-up. And between this being unfit as a showcase title for the new hardware and not being all that entertaining to play, you really have to ask yourself if Knack has a right to exist at all.
  14. Nov 25, 2013
    40
    Even if the game’s challenge or the appeal of having a shiny new toy tempt you to acquire this game though, you are better off leaving it alone.
  15. Nov 20, 2013
    40
    Knack may be built on the blocks of charm and difficulty, but by the fourth level, those blocks topple over into a pile of excess tedium.
  16. Nov 20, 2013
    40
    Knack is ultimately disappointing, and often straight out boring. With its non-engaging encounters and lacking exploration, it’s simply put not very good. There is some charming potential to be found, but it is not helped at all by the lacking mechanics.
  17. Nov 18, 2013
    40
    Here is a game that dutifully balls up tired cliches and flat, unimaginative game design just for the sake of filling a presumed-to-be requisite slot in a launch lineup. It does the barest minimum necessary to craft a functional, if utterly flavorless morsel for families hungry for something to feed their shiny new PlayStation 4.
  18. Nov 17, 2013
    40
    About all Knack is good for is inspiring new and creative curses. I certainly spent more time improvising strings of epithets at its substandard gameplay than I did improvising strings of combo attacks.
  19. Nov 13, 2013
    40
    Knack's downfall is that it focuses entirely on combat, but doesn't offer enough variety or depth within its system to compel you onward.
  20. Nov 13, 2013
    40
    I'm all in favour of games that transport us back to the good old days of vibrant originality, but Knack simply doesn't.
  21. Dec 4, 2013
    35
    It's a disappointing failure on just about every level.
  22. Nov 20, 2013
    35
    A tedious, dull and repetitive experience, Knack is a charmless launch title that punishes its players with little variety, poor music and an empty, abandoned and joyless game world.
  23. Dec 4, 2013
    30
    Knack is a disaster game for the PlayStation 4. The game is too simple, too frustrating and is full of mistakes. Worst launch title ever.
  24. Nov 28, 2013
    30
    A demon robot with poor textures, a doctor with a goatee and perhaps the worst camera of all times… Avoid Knack.
  25. Nov 28, 2013
    30
    The game also fails as a high-profile PS4 launch title in terms of what it’s putting onscreen. The particle effects serve their purpose, but everything from the vapid story sequences to the hackneyed goblin foes feels blandly feeble. A chapter setting entitled The Barren Wastes? Yes, you think, no need to ram it home.
  26. Nov 18, 2013
    30
    A poor quality video game by any measure, but what this joyless throwback is doing being a key launch title for the PlayStation 4 Sony only knows.
  27. Nov 13, 2013
    30
    Knack fails to capitalize on its own ideas and structure, and is successful only in acting as a reminder of the shallow, punishing platformers of a time when we really cared about how many bits there were on your console.
  28. Jan 10, 2014
    25
    An awfully boring, repetitive and uninspired game that does absolutely nothing to show PS4’s capabilities but a lot to ruin your day. [01/2014, p.66]
User Score
6.5

Mixed or average reviews- based on 824 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 34 out of 204
  1. Nov 15, 2013
    10
    This game is a must buy for people who love games like Mario, Jak, Banjo-Kazooie and Ratchet and clank.

    Gameplay: Solid, simple, responsive
    and smooth.It has simple and uncomplicated controls to introduce children to console-based gaming. the game is around 10 hours on normal difficulty. You can upgrade Knack’s abilities and sizes.different materials and elements, which supplement Knack’s health and size. Example crystal for stealth ability, Ice and wood.

    Graphics: The graphics are gorgeous, pixel art like. Very colorful and vivid scenery. The physics are awesome, Knack's body is composed of individually rendered relics and you can see each piece connecting.

    Multiplayer: 2-Player Coop Multiplayer and i have to says its extremely FUN in coop!

    I gave this game a 10/10 because i like it and im having a blast playing coop with my kid.
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  2. Nov 15, 2013
    8
    One of the first games I picked up at launch. Slow to start but once it starts you really start to enjoy seeing the character's. It has Its humor. Best part is its children friendly so I do not have to worry about any blood and gore. It reminds me of a old school crash game, but with the Graphics of the ps4. Great buy for the whole family. Best of all two kids or more? It has co-op. ends the fighting over who plays first. Full Review »
  3. Nov 15, 2013
    8
    Knack is not here to break ground. It is not here to blow your mind, or win game of the year. It is not here to be critically acclaimed or sell 10 million copes.

    It is here to do one thing, to let you have fun.

    Not bogged down by complicated plots, combat upgrades, blah blah blah. Its beauty is in its simplicity, and with that being said this game is damn beautiful. It will challenge you veterans and entertain the beginners. It has some real difficulty woven into its fabric but it never becomes frustrating, it also always down to the players mistakes, I never felt robbed or betrayed by the games mechanics.

    This is old school platform gaming, revived into a new generation, it is ridiculous amounts of fun. Do not be put off by the reviews who did not understand the wave this game chose to ride, just ride along side it and enjoy yourself in the process.

    Game on.
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