Pack-in Game of the Month: Knytt

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Knytt is a free in­de­pen­dent­ly de­vel­oped plat­former de­vel­oped by Nifflas’ Games (Swedish in­die de­vel­op­er Nicklas Nygren). You play a lit­tle monkey-man ab­duct­ed by aliens who must re­pair the crashed ship to get home. You’ll spend maybe an hour or two find­ing all the parts of the crashed space­ship, but it’s a cou­ple of hours worth spend­ing as the game is fo­cused on ex­plor­ing and tra­vers­ing the un­fa­mil­iar and quite charm­ing world. The game al­lows you to climb up and jump off any sur­face which gives you a lot of tools to nav­i­gate the lev­els. Its less about pun­ish­ing pre­cise plat­form­ing and more about pro­gress­ing at your own pace, tak­ing in the var­i­ous cute lit­tle pixel-art touches.

There is also a sec­ond free Knytt ti­tle from Nifflas’ Games, “Knytt Stories.” The game has a range of dif­fer­ent me­chan­ics and the same charm­ing and chilled out plat­form­ing style. You can col­lect dif­fer­ent abil­i­ties that al­low you to progress through the world, stop­ping a ma­chine that draws the life out of the plan­et. There are also ex­tra lev­els and ex­pan­sions all to down­load and play free of charge. Knytt Stories also runs on DS home­brew, which is pret­ty neat.

In 2013 the game got a well-received com­mer­cial se­quel en­ti­tled “Knytt: Underground

These are games with a lot of heart and a very small price-tag, non-existent in fact! So go check it out. There’s a lot to love with no strings at­tached and no risk to your wallet.

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John Sweeney is a ter­ri­bly British man with a back­ground in en­gi­neer­ing. He writes long-form ed­i­to­r­i­al con­tent with analy­sis of gam­ing, games me­dia and in­ter­net cul­ture. He also does the oc­ca­sion­al video game ret­ro­spec­tive with a week­ly col­umn about Magic the Gathering thrown in for good mea­sure. He also does most of our in­ter­views for some rea­son, we have no idea why. A staunch sup­port­er of free speech and con­sumer rights; skep­ti­cal of agen­da dri­ven me­dia and sus­pi­cious of un­ac­cou­table au­thor­i­ty but al­ways hope­ful for change.
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