If you combine the two pieces I previously wrote for our Indie Games feature, you’d have a fairly accurate description of Knytt Stories: it’s a Metroidvania, it has good music (although each song is short and doesn’t repeat, which is a bit annoying), a few areas of the game are heavy on atmosphere, and it has an open ended story. The only truly notable aspect of the game proper is that you never really gain any true offensive abilities and spend the majority of the game platforming around enemies and the environment rather than fighting enemies or bosses. It’s a short (only a few hours) but solid game. Everything works well, but at the end of the day, there’s honestly no reason why I should even be mentioning this game.
So why does KS merit an entry in our Indie Games feature?
Simple: KS has a level editor, and a fairly robust one at that. If you wanted to say that KS was Little Big Planet before Little Big Planet, you wouldn’t be entirely wrong. The game comes preloaded with a campaign (The Machine) which, as I’ve mentioned, is pretty fun. Once you beat it, there’s a slew of fan-made levels for you to try out. Some are brutally difficult. Some, like the infamous Don’t Eat the Mushroom campaign, have almost no gameplay at all but are just as entertaining. They range from everywhere and anywhere in between. If you like platformers and/or Metroidvanias, you’ll enjoy the main campaign. If the colorful world and bitchin’ music don’t grab you, well, then you’re a soulless monster. And if you enjoy that (which you should unless you’re a gremlin), you’d be doing yourself a disservice if you didn’t check out what the new campaigns had to offer. It’s obviously a hit-or-miss experience, but that’s all part of the fun.
Rather than lecture you on the strengths/weakness of some of the individual campaigns, I encourage everyone out there to download the game and give it a whirl. It’s short and literally ANY computer can run it. It’s simple, but a great way to kill a few hours, and the new levels that are still being put out to this day offer a great deal of variety. Check it out.
- System: PC
- Released: 2007
- Developer: Niklas “Nifflas” Nygren
- Check it out/download it here