Wind-up Knight

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Wind-up Knight
  • Link
    Wind-up Knight
  • Platforms
    iOS, Android, OUYA
  • Player
    Singleplayer
  • Release date
    July 2013

Rescue the Princess you can! Do you?

From the company Robot Invaders comes the 5 million download Android favorite Wind-up Knight. Sporting a fresh coat of 1080p paint and effects it definitely has that new car smell as it hits the OUYA market ready to flex its wind up muscles on the big screen.

With tongue in cheek humor and a zany story line this game doesn’t fail to entertain. Weather slashing rooster’s, rolling under low hanging spiked obstacles, or tucking tight under your shield while flames buffet you from above this 3d side scroller is all action.

After receiving a letter from the “Black Knight” stating that he has captured the princess, you set off across 50+ levels taking place in four different worlds. It starts out with a tutorial that teaches you to jump, roll, slash, & guard your way through the wide variety of obstacles the game throws your way. Your knight starts out with just the hands & feet he was assembled with. You get a starter sword and shield as they are needed as you progress through the tutorial. The goal is to make it through each level alive, without winding down since you are the “Wind-up” knight which is accomplished by collecting wind up keys placed through out each level. There are also coins that need to be collected as well as a hidden card placed in each level.

Your knight takes care of the running for you, there is actually no way to slow down or stop him. Short of missing your wind up keys which ends up sending you back to the beginning to give it another shot. You can alter your path by jumping or not jumping at specific points in the level which will get you those sometimes VERY hard to find cards. At the end of the level you are given a score based on the amount of coins collected and weather or not you found that hidden card. You receive money at the end of every completed level that can be spent in the armory on new swords, shields, helms, and armor. Some is purely cosmetic while some give you special abilities like being able to take one free knock on the head without having to restart the level. Or a sword that hurls fire balls torching your feathered foes. Armor that speeds up the pace of the game is also among the many items you can spend that collection of money on.

Rating

Tom
Graphics
8.0
Sound
7.0
Fun
9.0
Concept
8.0
Long-term fun
7.0
Overall
7.9
Tim
Graphics
8.0
Sound
8.0
Fun
10.0
Concept
8.0
Long-term fun
9.0
Overall
8.8
Joel Davis
Graphics
9.0
Sound
7.0
Fun
8.0
Concept
9.0
Long-term fun
6.0
Overall
7.7

Conclusion

This game was a favorite of mine on the phone side of things, but the touch screen controls often had me repeating levels constantly and eventually quitting on the game all together out of frustration. Its transition to Ouya was seamless. Its a great looking game that the small screen just didn’t do justice. Its one of the better looking games in the Ouya market, the game itself is beautiful & the animated backgrounds give a great feel to the medieval environment. If your looking to just kill a little time or have a nice long gaming session you can’t go wrong with Wind-up Knight.

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About Joel Davis

It all started with the Apple II and those big floppy disks, the original Oregon trail to be precise. That started a life long love of gadgets & gaming. From Frogger on the Atari 2600 to the original Leisure suit Larry on the HP 486 computer my grandfather bought me to do "school work" on. I was the go to guy in my army unit for technological items, and the only man in my unit to volunteer for the new SINCGARS radio class. It has never stopped, hand held GPS devices, blackberrys, all gaming systems released to date up to the Ouya (with the exception of PlayStation :). If it has buttons and a screen I'm your man!

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