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  • Summary: A ragtag band of misfits tell the unlikely tale of a one-eyed farmboy's accidental rise to fame in this fully voice-acted animated visual novel.
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  1. Apr 16, 2021
    10
    Amazing game with wonderful story, voice acting, art, and music. A lot of heart was put into this and it really shows. I highly recommend this game!
  2. Apr 14, 2021
    10
    The Hayseed Knight is exactly what I look for in a VN games. It has a unique but fleshed out setting with compelling characters and plenty ofThe Hayseed Knight is exactly what I look for in a VN games. It has a unique but fleshed out setting with compelling characters and plenty of player choice. The story slowly unravels hooking you in with more and more questions.

    The voice acting, music, and pacing is excellent. And everything plays very smooth. Your choices can produce deeply varying scenes giving a great amount of replay value. It's well worth the cost for this game.
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  3. Mar 6, 2021
    9
    The Hayseed Knight presents itself first and foremost as a “blend of mystery, comedy and romance”, but once you dig a little deeper, you startThe Hayseed Knight presents itself first and foremost as a “blend of mystery, comedy and romance”, but once you dig a little deeper, you start to realise that it’s far from being just your average romantic comedy.

    From the sometimes surprisingly complex characters and the highly detailed setting inspired by historical Al-Andalus (medieval Spain) to the nonlinear storytelling structure and the way the game weaves themes of gender identity and racism into the plot, The Hayseed Knight is a densely-packed narrative experience which can be enjoyed on many different levels. It’s genuinely funny, thoughtful and thoroughly emotionally engaging. It doesn’t hurt that it looks and sounds amazing, either, with animated high-quality art and professional-level voice acting throughout.

    The only downsides to the game right now are its very linear visual novel gameplay structure and the fact that it consists of 3 chapters, with one more chapter and an epilogue to be released for free in the future. Though given how much of a passion project this is for the dev, I have no doubts that the remaining chapters will be finished eventually. So unless you really don’t like linear gameplay, feel free to read this review as a 10/10.
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  4. Apr 20, 2021
    9
    (Disclosure: I know the developer and received an advanced copy of the game for testing purposes)

    Let's get this out of the way
    (Disclosure: I know the developer and received an advanced copy of the game for testing purposes)

    Let's get this out of the way immediately: The Hayseed Knight isn't a dating sim or a romantic comedy like a surprising amount of people think, it's an excellent linear story with a certain amount of choices along the way. I say this because you should know what you're getting into – it's a very atypical game, that's a little hard to describe without spoiling its most interesting twists and turns and should seriously be experienced blind, because its strength is an incredibly compelling story with great characters and excellent production values.

    There's a great amount of work put into the design of the world and its characters, all wrapped in a certain amount of mystery – Who's the narrator? What made the Hayseed Knight a knight? What's [mysterious character]'s secret? – and the reason I'm being stingy with the details is because unraveling the mystery is a big part of the experience. Its unique setting based on historical medierval Islamic Spain, with music and visuals to match, contributes to a great atmosphere that I hadn't seen in a game before.

    It's packed with ideas (from fantasy worldbuilding to comedy to drama and romantic hijinks), with great voice acting and art, plus some of the most spectacular stuff I've seen a Ren'Py game do in terms of visuals, animation and structure. Using a nonlinear storytelling style that is bound to make you go "Whoa" at least once, it's a seriously great experience whether you're a fan of Visual Novels or not.
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