Metascore
76

Generally favorable reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Feb 6, 2014
    80
    Unless you need to take out your aggression on digital foes while conquering seemingly impossible platforming obstacles, I'd recommend Knytt Underground.
  2. Jan 4, 2014
    76
    Even thought we think it should have been improved visually, the experience is deep and addictive, with many hours of fun ahead if you want to discover all its secrets.
  3. Jan 12, 2014
    80
    Knytt Underground looks for players with an artistic sensitivity, inviting them to surrender to its inspired environments. It is not meant to challenge your thumbs, it does not want to be a source of stress. Instead, it wants to convey a feeling of relax and adventure, counting on a solid and pleasantly retro gameplay that becomes a call to explore its huge and stunning underground world.
  4. Jan 4, 2014
    75
    Knytt Underground is brilliantly-designed 2D platformer that offers a ton of content. Just don't think about the story too much.
  5. Jan 10, 2014
    60
    Knytt Underground isn’t a game for everyone. It is rich and fascinating in its own way, but the convoluted plot and the simple mechanics will surely discourage those players looking for a more canonical experience.
  6. Jan 6, 2014
    70
    Knytt Underground is without a doubt the most unique game on the Wii U eShop.
  7. 80
    Knytt Underground is quite a spectacle with great looking environments and solid gameplay mechanics.
  8. A 2D platformer with a heavy focus on swearing fairies and religious themes should not be this good. That's the game's last contradiction: it really is.
  9. Jan 4, 2014
    83
    A fantastic game. I thoroughly enjoyed spelunking through the game’s massive world, and even though the story can get lackluster, it does excel when it tackles its religious themes.
  10. Jan 17, 2014
    70
    Inspired by titles like Ico or Journey, Knytt Underground offers a charming system of puzzles like “metroidvania”, although it can be too predictable some times.
  11. Jan 26, 2014
    90
    An expansive masterpiece, with amazing controls, stunningly atmospheric music, an intriguing graphical approach and oddball story that keeps players on their toes.
  12. Jan 14, 2014
    60
    Knytt Underground is an odd game, and certainly a polarizing one, as some will greatly enjoy its ambiance and exploration-heavy gameplay, while others won't be able to overlook its terrible story and dialogue sections.
User Score
7.3

Mixed or average reviews- based on 15 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Apr 22, 2014
    8
    There really isn't any other game quite like Knytt Underground. It is by no means one of the best, nor is it one which scratches that proverbial itch. But it does offer a unique experience, a gorgeous art style, and a solid content-to-price ratio. You play as Mi, a female Sprite who is given the great task of halting an imminent apocalypse by ringing the six bells of fate. However, as you journey, you begin to question if any of what your doing is real; can ringing bells truly stop an apocalypse from happening? Mi is joined by two Fairy companions named Dora and Cilia. Dora is very spiritual and caring, while Cilia is a brutal atheist with a strong fixation on reality. These two are great friends and get along despite their totally opposite opinions. The game tackles the major concepts of faith versus no faith over the course of the game. In terms of the gameplay; it's interesting to say the least. The map is a huge labyrinth with shortcuts and hidden areas galore. Using the GamePad as a map proved to be very helpful as it would have been very easy to get lost otherwise. I think the labyrinth is supposed to represent the Internet and the human mind alike; the many routes are like links or nerve endings in the brain. Overall, this game is quite deep, meaningful, and at times it can be quite dark. It's like a 2D platformer puzzle game with the addition of quests and sandbox elements. Definitely not a game for everyone, but I enjoyed Knytt Underground quite a bit. It is very absorbing once you get right into it. Full Review »