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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. Nintendo Force 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: 51 out of 498
  1. Feb 26, 2019
    10
    This game is, simply, an absolute delight to play. The art direction is stunning. The sound design and music are masterful. The story is wellThis game is, simply, an absolute delight to play. The art direction is stunning. The sound design and music are masterful. The story is well crafted, and the characters are likeable, interesting and human (despite the fact that they're bugs, of course). The gameplay and controls are very tight. Leaving aside the combat, it feels good just to control your character, gaining mobility upgrades and skill as you learn to traverse the map fluidly, and I believe that is the mark of a truly excellent game.

    Hollow Knight is challenging, but never unfair. Combat and platforming are mixed in equal measures, and sometimes combined. It will genuinely test your skill and reflexes, but you will overcome every challenge and you'll feel accomplished doing it.

    I grew up with Super Metroid and count it among my favourite games of all time. Hollow Knight surpasses it without a doubt. Nice work, Team Cherry. This game is an instant classic.
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  2. 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
  3. May 31, 2020
    10
    This game is just too good. No words can describe how immersive and captivating this game is, just go and experience it for yourself. If youThis game is just too good. No words can describe how immersive and captivating this game is, just go and experience it for yourself. If you like "souls-like" games, this game will blow your mind. Please, play it, I couldn't recommend it more. Expand
  4. Mar 26, 2022
    10
    Loved this game, an amazing introduction to the souls-like genre. Beautiful art and world, engaging combat and story, fun bosses, and areasLoved this game, an amazing introduction to the souls-like genre. Beautiful art and world, engaging combat and story, fun bosses, and areas with just enough challenge to keep you on your toes, but not enough to make you feel like you're stubbing your toe through a cinderblock. Amazing game, would strongly recommend for anyone interested in Metroidvanias. 10/10 Expand
  5. Nov 25, 2018
    10
    After reaching 112% and beating the game several times, I can definitively say that this is the best game I've ever played. It's easy enoughAfter reaching 112% and beating the game several times, I can definitively say that this is the best game I've ever played. It's easy enough to be turned off by the relatively slow beginning, but by the time you get to the City of Tears, the world opens up and keeps doing so at a consistently impressive pace until the very end. Don't mistake this for a simple case of quantity over quality, every area has new enemies, bosses, and mechanics to learn. This game will go on for far longer than you expect and will remain consistently amazing the whole time. Expand
  6. Dec 18, 2020
    9
    It's as if the masterminds behind Metroid, Castlevania and Bloodbourne tied an entomologist to a chair, put a gun to thier head, and demandedIt's as if the masterminds behind Metroid, Castlevania and Bloodbourne tied an entomologist to a chair, put a gun to thier head, and demanded a refreshing new idea for a charming, yet still challenging, platformer RPG. Expand
  7. Aug 19, 2021
    0
    In this game when you die you loose all your money and have to make it back to where you died to get it back. This mechanic is AWFUL. It'sIn this game when you die you loose all your money and have to make it back to where you died to get it back. This mechanic is AWFUL. It's incredibly frustrating and I'm debating quitting the game just because of how terrible this mechanic is. Expand

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