Parents' Guide to

Hollow Knight

By David Wolinsky, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Homage to classic hard-action games provides deep challenge.

Game Linux, Mac, Windows 2017
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 9+

Based on 14 parent reviews

age 9+

9+ great game.

Cool game. It's very interesting and fun but difficult. The lore (theorys and fan made theorys) are kinda dark mentioning destruction and stuff but if you don't get into the lore and just play the game it's cool. It's slightly strange how the characters are bugs. There is a moth "god" the you fight. Gladly there is no blood just a couple flashes and orangeish yellow circles. My kid enjoys it alot!

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Easy to play/use
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age 7+

would play again

hollow knight is a beautiful game that I would suggest for anyone. The atmosphere is beautiful and the story is amazing, I personally have beaten the game and it is very hard to do some of the later bosses and causes a good bit of rage. there are also some dark areas that are potentially scary but not anything that will give someone nightmares or get upset. I would say this game is for all ages if you think they could handle it, it is harmless and a great game I would recommend the player has some skill before they play but if you work hard and stay determined they can beat it easily. there is no blood/gore and the characters are very well written and add to the feel of the game. there are sad parts in the game but they are not overly dramatic. this is one of the best games I've ever played and I would recommend it to anyone.
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Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (14):
Kids say (76):

There's a ton to love, enjoy, and discover in this engaging and at times frustrating downloadable action game. Like many other recent titles, Hollow Knight is intended as a bit of an homage to classic titles that padded much of their shelf life by requiring a level of skill you wouldn't be close to having out of the gate. It boasts a colossal in-game world that will likely take most players about 30 hours to fully discover, though because of the wanderlust it encourages, you're in for a lot of going in circles and being confused for a while. In fact, most areas of the map are accessible early on, though you won't be able to reach or even be aware of them until acquiring items and abilities further along the journey. The weapons and skills aren't anything all that new (a double-jump, shooting projectiles, etc.), though the difficulty in amassing them is considerable. This comes both in the form of boss fights that take a fair amount of practice to win, and occasionally some control issues (you'll often dive directly into pits you meant to leap across). As in the Dark Souls series, once you're killed, you can potentially lose all the in-game currency you've been holding on to unless you can forge a path back to where you were defeated and vanquish an evil spirit guarding your grave.

On top of the infrequent control issues, there are two other key areas that make this a recommendation with an asterisk. The game's huge world is exacerbated by the less than useful mapping system. Because the world continues to branch off, getting even larger, seeing where you are doesn't prevent you from getting lost. Additionally, the world has a tendency to be so bleak and dark that it can be hard to keep pressing on. It can also make you feel lost -- even when you're somewhere you've been before. With little that helps differentiate one space from another, there can be a dullness that sets in where instead there should be excitement over discovering a new area. Nevertheless, if you have an itch for a challenge that will ask a lot of you and give you ample opportunity to prove your skill, Hollow Knight is a worthy contender. Especially since the game is going to be continually amended via a series of three expansion packs, offering new areas, new bosses, and new challenges.

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