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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