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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: 27 out of 27
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 27
  3. Negative: 0 out of 27
  1. NF Magazine
    Sep 5, 2018
    100
    There's never a low point. Only the desire for more. [Issue #35 – September/October 2018, p. 17]
  2. 100
    Hollow Knight’s cryptic lore doled out in pieces leads me to believe I saved Hollownest in my ending, but an after-credits screen shows a 73% completion in 27 hours of play. I may have finished, but I’m far from done. I still have tons of upgrades, optional bosses, a true ending and a mantis to overcome. And I’m itching to jump back in.
  3. Jun 27, 2018
    95
    Hollow Knight won't leave you hollow; quite the opposite. This incredible 'metroidvania', most likely the best example the genre has met in over 20 years, will leave you full with a feeling only a few games have achieved: the feeling of having played a masterpiece.
  4. Jun 19, 2018
    90
    Hollow Knight is a big, beautiful, forbidding Metroidvania that's absolutely thick with detail. From its punchy combat system to its charming art and sound design, this is one of the finest adventures you can have on Nintendo Switch.
  5. Jul 16, 2018
    90
    Hollow Knight is absolutely a masterpiece. The art style is fantastic, the level designs are outstanding, and battles are challenging and fun. If you enjoy Metroidvania games, don't hesitate trying it.
  6. Jun 29, 2018
    90
    Hollow Knight confirms on Switch all the good it displayed in its PC version: we're talking about one of the best (if not the best) metroidvania of recent years, graced by gorgeous art direction and a fantastic level of challenge. A must buy if you're not afraid of difficult titles.
  7. Jun 27, 2018
    80
    Dark and beautiful, you’ll come for Hollow Knight’s visual appeal, but you’ll stay for the challenge and responsive combat.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 33 out of 315
  1. Jun 13, 2018
    10
    I’m about 10 hrs in and feel like I haven’t even scratched the surface of this game. My gaming life started with watching my dad play MetroidI’m about 10 hrs in and feel like I haven’t even scratched the surface of this game. My gaming life started with watching my dad play Metroid on the NES while my mom drew the maps by hand, and the then eventually playing Super Metroid SNES. This game expands on every metroidvania experience there has ever been. Great game, worth the wait. Expand
  2. Aug 15, 2018
    10
    Switch release makes the game even better and adds more from the PC. The 3D rumble gives a feel to the game and makes it feel moreSwitch release makes the game even better and adds more from the PC. The 3D rumble gives a feel to the game and makes it feel more atmospheric. Note that this is coming from a player that has gotten all the achievements. Play the game and see for yourself.

    P.S. most negative reviews of this game come from players who have not experienced the full game and gotten used to its mechanics. The bosses may seem tough at first but become easy with enough practice, you have to put some effort in to win; the game doesn't just hand it to you.
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  3. Oct 22, 2019
    10
    What can I say that already hasn't been said?

    A game that I randomly found that I thought would be worth a few hours turned into a pice of
    What can I say that already hasn't been said?

    A game that I randomly found that I thought would be worth a few hours turned into a pice of art that I poured over 100 hours in (which is a whole lot for and indie game.) Everything about this game is pretty much perfect: the exploration, the game mechanics, the animation, the story, and everything it between.

    This game is the marriage of the fantastic, explorative gameplay of Super Metroid and the atmospheric storytelling of Dark Souls, and I love it to death. Christopher Larkin's orchestral score is a masterwork: not only haunting but beautiful and (at times) intense and emotional.

    In all, this is easily one of my favorite games of all time, and if you haven't picked it up yet, I highly recommend you do. It's on pretty much every platform, but the Switch version is definitely superior to the rest. And it's about 15 dollars, sometimes less. If you don't pick it up, you're missing out on one of the greatest indie games (or video games in general) of all time, and I cannot wait to see what they do with the sequel.
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  4. Jan 13, 2020
    10
    Game of the year for me. A must play for any fan of the metroidvania genre, stunning 2D graphics and beautiful musics. Be warned the game isGame of the year for me. A must play for any fan of the metroidvania genre, stunning 2D graphics and beautiful musics. Be warned the game is tough too. Expand
  5. Oct 24, 2019
    9
    Price-quality relation 10/10, it has at least 40 hours of game and lots of more apart from the story. The map is also incredible, must play indie game
  6. Feb 25, 2019
    9
    Cast: 9/10
    Story: 7/10
    Fun: 10/10
    Gameplay: 10/10

    MUST PLAY
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  7. Oct 24, 2019
    0
    Bad Switch port, the lightning is set so low and the graphics resolution is so bad compared to the other versions of the game...

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