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By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Fun action/adventure for kids has lots of cartoon violence.

Game PlayStation 4 2013
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Community Reviews

age 8+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 6+

Cartoon violence & cooperative gameplay

My 6 and 8-year olds love playing this together. The only game mechanic, however, is cartoon violence - in line with Saturday morning cartoons. The (max 2) players can hit, but not hurt, each other - this seems pretty cathartic.

This title has:

Easy to play/use
age 5+

Simple Game, that the kids love watching

This title has:

Easy to play/use

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (4):
Kids say (7):

Knack is an entertaining action game for tweens with compelling combat mechanics that drive the experience forward and make it hard to put down the controller. Just tap one button to punch and press another to start a super move, and then jump and dodge as necessary to avoid incoming attacks. It's a simple but at times satisfyingly challenging formula. Plus, the colorful environments look lovely on the PS4 and are filled with plenty of hidden rooms and passages containing relics and technological treasures that let Knack build gadgets to power up his abilities.

But, although what's here is good, it feels like the developers could and should have created more. Knack's growth ability is cool, but it takes an awfully long time for him to increase to the size most players want him to be. Also, whereas he has the ability to incorporate objects other than relics (wood, glass shards, metal, and icicles) into his growth, he doesn't use this ability very often.

The co-op mode, meanwhile, feels tacked on. It favors a shared display over a split screen, which causes the second player's avatar to disappear and respawn whenever he or she gets left behind (which happens a lot). Kids and parents will still have a fair bit of fun, but we expect even more from the inevitable sequel.

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