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  • Summary: Hollow Knight is a 2D action-adventure game with an emphasis on traditional 2D animation and skillful gameplay. Journey to Hallownest, a vast and ancient underground kingdom inhabited by a bizarre collection of insects and monsters. Players will forge their own path as they explore ruinedHollow Knight is a 2D action-adventure game with an emphasis on traditional 2D animation and skillful gameplay. Journey to Hallownest, a vast and ancient underground kingdom inhabited by a bizarre collection of insects and monsters. Players will forge their own path as they explore ruined cities, forests of fungus, temples of bone and other fantastic lands, all on their way to uncovering an ancient mystery. Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
  1. Jul 29, 2018
    100
    Hollow Knight is one of the best 2D platformers I’ve ever played - it is a beautiful, quirky and dynamic game; challenging yet rewarding; mournful yet brimming with hope. When it comes to console, it’s going to cause a real stir.
  2. Jun 22, 2018
    94
    Hollow Knight is a Metroidvania with a well of content to discover that’s as deep as its labyrinthine caves. The world of Hallownest is compelling and rich, full of story that’s left for you to discover on your own, and built with branching paths that offer an absurd amount of choice in how you go about discovering it. With such a high density of secrets to find and fun, challenging enemies to face, it’s worth spending every moment you can in Hollow Knight.
  3. 90
    If you're a fan of any of the genres that have been brilliantly meshed together to compose Hollow Knight, I highly recommend you play it. Even if you aren't. Play it anyways.
  4. Jul 12, 2017
    90
    Hollow Knight is a charming arcade that will not only inspire Metroid/vania fans. You will never be bored in the enormous and magical environments thanks to the colorful RPG elements, interesting story and unique visuals.
  5. CD-Action
    Jun 7, 2017
    85
    Despite some lack of creativity it’s so good that it’s hard to believe that it’s the first project of a tiny studio. Had brilliant Ori and the Blind Forest not existed, Hollow Knight could have become an official standard for Metroidvanias. [06/2017, p.50]
  6. Jan 2, 2018
    84
    A very difficult and hand-drawn Metroidvania with an enormous size for players with a lot of patience and a high frustration tolerance.
  7. Apr 5, 2017
    65
    I still hesitantly recommend Hollow Knight to anyone as partial to Metroidvanias as I am, but the experience runs far longer than its visual appeal does, and at that point it becomes just another Dark Souls wannabe. It’s solid, but it demonstrates how far we still are from puzzling out From Software’s master recipe.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 21 out of 304
  1. Dec 30, 2019
    10
    The game is difficult but fair. Even if a boss seemed impossible, I came back later and fought it again a few times, but now with success. InThe game is difficult but fair. Even if a boss seemed impossible, I came back later and fought it again a few times, but now with success. In the beginning it's overwhelming, but it's always exciting to go forward. Expand
  2. Feb 25, 2017
    10
    This game isn't getting enough mainstream press. Really... the controls are the best I've ever felt in a side-scrolling game. The graphics andThis game isn't getting enough mainstream press. Really... the controls are the best I've ever felt in a side-scrolling game. The graphics and the music... there really are no words. The story is interesting and philosophical, although it does require you use your imagination. The game is difficult, yet accessible (with modes that make it 'Dark Souls' difficult, if you're enough of a masochist). No qualms and no regrets, except that I wasn't an original Kickstarter backer. If you like video games at all, buy this. 9.8/10. Expand
  3. Aug 11, 2020
    10
    This game is Amazing , it has good visuals , content , story , combat , exploration , and many more . whe n I first played this game , IThis game is Amazing , it has good visuals , content , story , combat , exploration , and many more . whe n I first played this game , I thought is was just another normal 2d style video game , but after hours of playing this game , I just wanted to explore , to see whats next for us to explore . One more thing about this game is , is that the game is so freakin' huge , my playthrough was 135 hours long , even the game wasn't 100 % , the game is HARD as f**k , so go and get it right now if you haven't played it yet , Expand
  4. Feb 14, 2019
    10
    just one of the best games! thanks team cherry for the work you have done. I look forward to a decent continuation
  5. Apr 17, 2018
    10
    Spoiler free review

    CUP-WHO? The legend of zelda-breath of the what? Love the game :D Completed it whit all three endings and i LOVE
    Spoiler free review

    CUP-WHO?
    The legend of zelda-breath of the what?

    Love the game :D
    Completed it whit all three endings and i LOVE THE GAME.
    I completed it 89 % so now im gonna go and get the 100%.
    THE GAME IS AWESOME.
    Team cherry is the best devs and publichers EVER.
    The visuals,the music,the difficulty, the bosses ,enemies Lore,ALL OF THEM IS AMAZING.
    Also team cherry is doing patches and free dlcs!!!
    BUY THE GAME NOW!!

    Note:
    Storie is not detailedly told (and endings too)so if you want to know what the hell happend to the kingdom you must watch lot of youtube lore videos and read stuff online.
    But this wasnt an problem for me?
    I really liked the mistery and the way story is told

    Really dont have any major cons to the game.The problems from people that rated this game mixed or bad didnt really effected me and i never really noticed them

    And extra tip:dont use fragile strenght you will ruin the game for yourself
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  6. Jan 18, 2021
    9
    If you love souls games and 2D platformers you probably gonna fall in love with this game.
  7. Feb 8, 2021
    0
    This is an amazing metroidvania, and an amazing game in general. the controls are tight, the level design is strong, and the world feels livedThis is an amazing metroidvania, and an amazing game in general. the controls are tight, the level design is strong, and the world feels lived in and as real as a bug kingdom can be. My only problem is that the map is extremely large and can be a pain to traverse at times. Even with fast travel, it can still take 10 to 15 minutes traversing the map. Expand

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