Knytt

released on Dec 10, 2006

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An enjoyable little game, and it's free. It can get a bit boring thanks to the minimal gameplay, but it's absolutely worth playing at least once.

Um joguinho curto e perfeito para quem gosta de exploração.

O objetivo do jogo é simples: Percorra o mapa em busca das peças perdidas e as traga de volta. Porém, mesmo dentro de tal simplicidade, Knytt consegue ser uma experiência bem simpática e agradável.

A única negativa seria o tamanho da tela, que é minúscula (e o fullscreen é bugado), mas fazendo uma leve gambiarra de pegar a lupa do Windows e aumentar até encaixar a tela do jogo já arruma o problema.

Se você quiser jogar algo rápido e tranquilo, pega pra dar uma testada nele - dá pra terminar em menos de uma hora bem de boas.

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rips off the pikmin "retrieve all the pieces of your marooned spaceship" premise but adds the mildly brilliant twist of it not even being your own damn spaceship. instead, you're helping an alien continue their botched abduction of you. out of fear? kindness? boredom? we don't know; there's no dialogue. you get the sense that the player character themself doesn't even really know why they're doing it, or what they're hoping will happen upon repairing the craft. in the end, the alien happily flies you back home in return for your help, but we find that our family has all gone to sleep rather than spending the night frantically searching for us. maybe they didn't even notice we'd left.

it's a lonely game, very overtly so. plenty lonely even before considering that the most abundant species on this "alien" planet appears to be homo sapiens—something our hero visibly is not (just in case the theming wasn't clear enough). again, there's no dialogue; there's not even an interact button. we see a girl in a long dress sitting on a cliffside, deep into a train of thought we can't board. we see a forest dweller go for a leisurely daytime swim in water that will kill us instantly if we touch it. we see a sad middle-aged man shuffle out of his lakeside home, look around for a moment, and then shuffle back inside once we've failed to ask him what the matter is. no matter how we may want to involve ourselves in the lives surrounding us, we are only ever a visitor here.

accordingly, there's no map either—our only knowledge of the world is that which we obtain ourselves. what we do have, though, is a sort of compass/beacon thing which points us in the cardinal direction of the nearest spaceship part. admittedly, this feels like a bit of an inelegant concession. i think the ideal version of a mapless metroidvania-like probably would not contain a "tells you which way to go" button, though it probably wouldn't have been advisable to just remove it and leave the rest unchanged in this case, either. maybe a breadcrumb trail/landmark mechanic would have been a good solution? trickier to design to be sure, but as it is, the game doesn't feel 100% at peace with its own creative limitations, which is a small shame.

still, it's a pleasure to play through. it's palpable just how thoughtful the designers were in deciding how all these various areas should interconnect, and the heart flutters a bit every time you stumble upon a beautiful new terrain. by the time you've fully mapped it out in your head, you really have grown fond of this world you've traversed. ultimately, we know we have no business here, but the melancholy only turns our fondness all the more potent. knytt is a game deeply aware of the unique flavor beauty takes on in the eyes of lonely beholders. recommended for anyone who spent their teen years relating a bit too hard to belle and sebastian or radiohead songs. turn off the lights and play alone—this has all happened to you before.

A dear favorite. It's a fun time in eerie locales, and my first playthrough of it was just all-consuming and soothing. It felt like an actual breakthrough of the kinds of tones a game could have. Probably my first positive exposure to indie games as well.

It might be easiest to think of the original Knytt as the Yume Nikki of 2D platformers. You play as a weird little creature that got abducted by a friendly alien, only to crash land upon a foreign planet and be tasked with collecting the fallen parts of the spaceship to return home. All you’ve got at your disposal is the classic single jump and wall cling/climb, as well as a searchlight that will point you towards the closest spaceship part. The collected parts won’t upgrade your toolkit in any fashion (and as such I find it misleading to mark this as a traditional Metroidvania) and there isn’t a single word of dialogue spoken or written in the landscape; as a result, this is a platformer dedicated to exploration as its own reward.

There’s no map in Knytt, so you’d think that it would be quite easy to get lost and stumble about with little direction. However, Knytt provides enough environmental context if you pay close attention and the searchlight will keep you moving through the sprawl with ease. While the game is less focused on mechanical difficulty, that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s trivial: any liquid as well as particular invincible enemies (marked for danger when your character glows red upon approaching) can still end your life and send you back to the nearest checkpoint (though fortunately the quick respawn never feels frustrating). Having said that, the act of jumping and climbing about this unfamiliar yet vibrantly colored landscape, aided greatly by the tight controls, is more than enough to keep the player occupied while sporadic ambient tunes chirp in the background accompanied by the satisfying plodding of your footsteps.

As a result, the difficulty stems not from execution tests, but rather from spatial recognition and keeping the big picture in mind when figuring out exactly how sections of the overworld link to one another to maintain progression. A lot of players get frustrated when they keep running into dead ends, impassable expanses of fluid, or taunting one-way passages, but personally, I see it as fantastic motivation to figure this all out and fit each individual piece into the underlying puzzle; if it’s not a straight shot, then somewhere and somehow, there must be another path to get to the other side regardless. Perhaps it's quite simple and is certainly not everyone’s cup of tea, but Knytt isn’t trying to be. It’s one of the most focused and emblematic pure adventure platformers of all time, with tons of replayability due to its open-ended nature and extraordinary warm ambience, and a few tucked away secrets and shortcuts for the more discerning eye. Considering that a full playthrough takes less than an hour and that it’s free, I’d easily recommend it nevertheless; as one of the first indie greats, Knytt feels like a snug encapsulation of its era that doesn’t deserve to be forgotten.