Generally favorable reviews - based on 24 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
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  1. Sep 23, 2019
    I have nothing but good things to say about Knights and Bikes, it has a great story, great presentation and it is fun to boot. It has a beautiful art style, great music and will keep you entertained throughout its short but very sweet campaign. If you like simple but entertaining games, you will love it, as I did.
  2. 90
    A wonderful Cornish themed adventure and a journey into the fertile imagination of a loony kid.
  3. Aug 27, 2019
    Knights and Bikes is an unique and genuine experience that was engaging from beginning to end. It’s a great example of a high quality co-op game. Thematically and mechanically, the game succeeds in highlighting cooperation. Foam Sword successfully delivers a great title that manages to be both fun and artistically inventive. Knights and Bikes is highly recommended for those looking for a captivating cooperative game to play with a friend.
  4. Aug 26, 2019
    Knights and Bikes is an adventure game that feels like a nostalgia trip with people you have never met before but could swear you grew up with.
  5. Sep 15, 2019
    Knights and Bikes presents a superb adventure that will definitely stick with you for a long time. You never want some games to end and in Knights and Bikes' case, the characters will make you never want to say goodbye. No matter where Nessa and Demelza go, I definitely want to follow along. Now, excuse me while I go hunt down every piece of merch for this game; I need all of it.
  6. 85
    Knights and Bikes captures the heart of childhood imagination. It’s a largely carefree experience with limited mechanical substance, but that's part of the reason it works. It’s a great family-friendly co-op game and balances its silly sense of humour and childlike joy with some of the melancholic reality of growing up.
  7. Aug 28, 2019
    The simplicity of Knights and Bikes lies within its need to revisit your childhood and remind you how much fun life can be, even when the storms are intense. It brings a great narrative to the table, throws some fun puzzles in the mix while delivering beautifully playful visuals that request you go on an adventure with a good friend. The game’s intentions of stupid fun might outweigh its execution, but it succeeds in capturing the imagination and delivering a fun experience that doesn’t take itself too seriously.
  8. Oct 2, 2019
    With so much to like about Knights and Bikes, finding things to complain about wasn’t easy. One thing that came to mind is that the fifth chapter takes considerably more time to complete than the others, and at times seems to drag. However, the rest of the adventure has excellent pacing. I also had a small issue with the ending. There’s a twist that’s hinted at shortly before it unfurls, but this foreshadowing would have had greater impact if was built up earlier instead of appearing so close to the finale. Otherwise, I have no issues with this incredibly well-written story. Knights and Bikes is an adorable little treasure worth finding.
  9. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    Sep 25, 2019
    A cycle trip down childhood memory lane that will put a smile on your face. A terrific thesis from the ex-Media Molecule team on charming co-op fun. [Issue#167, p.86]
  10. Sep 12, 2019
    Knights and Bikes is a lovely warm blanket of childhood adventure and imagination, and a perfect game to play with a young family.
  11. 80
    One of the best story-based games of the year, that manages to capture the joys and pains of childhood (and riding bikes) in a very relatable and compelling way.
  12. Sep 3, 2019
    Knights and Bikes successfully captures child-like wonder and fun in an unabashedly wholesome adventure – with just the right amount of danger.
  13. Sep 1, 2019
    Knights & Bikes was created by a small team featuring several people who worked on LittleBigPlanet and Tearaway, and you can feel that all these games share a similar creative vision. There's a kind of wide-eyed, rough and tumble spirit of adventure running through all three games that is hard to resist. Knights & Bikes is a wonderfully warm, effortlessly inviting experience that'll make you feel young again.
  14. Aug 27, 2019
    Although it’s best played in co-op mode, there’s a fair amount of fun to be had in playing alone too. Throw in the fact that Knights and Bikes features clearly defined mechanics along with some powerful instances and you’ve got yourself quite the charming indie experience.
  15. 80
    With a whimsical, delightful story that isn't afraid to get emotional, Knights and Bikes is a charming adventure that is perfect to tackle with a good friend.
  16. Aug 26, 2019
    Knights and Bikes serves as a powerful nostalgia trip that’ll take you back to your imagination fuelled childhood adventures. With pretty much every aspect tightly crafted to exude a childlike spirit, the art style, animation, soundtrack, and gameplay all help give authenticity to the story of Nessa and Demelza’s burgeoning relationship. While a touch more challenge – especially in the combat – would have been welcome, the breezy pace of the story will help captivate your attention, not only with its themes of friendship and self-discovery, but more importantly through its correct instruction in how to apply jam and cream to a scone.
  17. Sep 12, 2019
    I liked playing Knights and Bikes, but more for the look, the feel and the charming story than for the actual gameplay. It was hard not to like and begin to really care for Nessa and Demelza, who seemed to have all the many-faceted qualities of real kids. It had a nice soundtrack too. Knights and Bikes may not be an epic AAA game but it has some originality and fun to offer nonetheless. Strap on your helmet and take a relaxing ride with two quirky kids whose touching friendship will take you back to your own youthful innocence.
  18. Sep 4, 2019
    Knights and Bikes is a charming adventure, particularly enjoyable in coop. We’ve had a good time with it, but there isn’t much depth, challenge or innovation so, at the end of the day, you’ll want to play it for its charm.
  19. Aug 26, 2019
    The game isn’t hard. You don’t need twitch reflexes or a firm grasp on how to use an analog stick. It feels a lot like a Lego game in that regard. All you need to enjoy Knights and Bikes is a sense of adventure and a willing friend. If like me, you’re constantly looking for something to play with a loved one who only has a passing interest in video games, this game is definitely one I’d recommend.
  20. Sep 18, 2019
    Knights and Bikes is a great and a beautiful way to kill a handful of hours with a friend. You can play solo but as a game with such a heavy focus on friendship, it only seems right to have a friend by your side, either physically or virtually, to go on a colorful adventure and deal with some real life heavy subjects.
  21. Aug 28, 2019
    Foam Sword has advertised Knights and Bikes as a Goonies-inspired adventure, but nostalgia is a tricky beast. A game steeped in imagination born from childhood memories requires the player to commit to this vision to get the most out of its story. Foam Sword’s attempt to pitch this vision of nostalgia and childhood as a universal one is not entirely successful – largely because memories and cultural experiences are not universal. Knights and Bikes did entirely not captivate me. That said, its sincere leading characters and exquisite art are certainly aspects to be admired.
  22. Aug 26, 2019
    The charm that covers nearly every inch of this game is also infectious, especially as this medium can better actualize its main characters’ imagination into something playable. Sometimes those playable aspects can get in the way but it’s still easy to saddle up on this bike even if that bike sometimes slams on the brakes.
  23. 70
    Knights and Bikes is a fun, frantic, top-down adventure game with some light puzzle and combat elements that I imagine would be more appreciated by either a younger crowd or a parent playing with their kid. If you’re looking for a solid co-op adventure, this can easily fill the void. Even solo it’s still fun enough to be worth a look. Just be ready for a few awkward moments, and a seriously terrible UI.
  24. Aug 26, 2019
    Where Knights and Bikes meets the pass-mark for a sufficient, story-focused adventure title, it unfortunately falters with its insistence on a gameplay front that’s ultimately lacking and too often reliant on a repeated formula. If you can look past its formulaic moments of enemy-routing and the dead air that are its A-to-B travel, the tale being told in Knights and Bikes is pleasant enough and one that’s sure to raise a smile or two.
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  1. Aug 27, 2019
    Light on action but humorous and made with love, Knights and Bikes holds something for adults and kids alike. [Eurogamer Recommended]
  2. Aug 27, 2019
    There are so many small, engaging moments: meeting the cool girl who runs the record shop, dressing up like a hay bale, Demelza admitting she draws worms on her mother’s grave to keep her company, how high-fiving gives you health. These moments stuck with me, making Knights and Bikes unexpectedly captivating and memorable.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 55 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 36 out of 55
  2. Negative: 13 out of 55
  1. Aug 30, 2019
    This was delightful. I love the quirky art style. It captures the joy of just messing around as kids, even in the middle of an ImportantThis was delightful. I love the quirky art style. It captures the joy of just messing around as kids, even in the middle of an Important Adventure (which includes imaginary elements that are very nicely displayed). My kids loved taking turns playing it along with me. Full Review »
  2. Aug 30, 2019
    A charming adventure with a lot of heart and a gorgeous art style. Taking cues from 80's adventure movies (a la the Goonies), two kids set offA charming adventure with a lot of heart and a gorgeous art style. Taking cues from 80's adventure movies (a la the Goonies), two kids set off on an adventure to find a lost treasure and help save their home from foreclosure. The island is filled with quirky characters and places to explore, I've already spent hours riding my bike around trying to find all the secret of the island and upgrading my bike. Full Review »
  3. Aug 30, 2019
    It's like a warm hug. The art style, music and humor is really well done. The story is gripping and damn charming. The gameplay is fun andIt's like a warm hug. The art style, music and humor is really well done. The story is gripping and damn charming. The gameplay is fun and relaxing, works brilliantly alone with the AI and with a friend. Full Review »