Many bugs and insects are fascinating. Their size and character always seems to hide a world which we will never be able to explore or understand. It is this location which really drives this game. It shows that no matter your size, shape or insect type, it does not exclude you from having stories that are colourful and exciting.
Hollow Knight is a side-scrolling metroidvania style game where you run around a relatively open world, discovering more and more of the map as your abilities improve. Styled on a burrowed world of insects, you must navigate a miniature world of passages, pitfalls and predators to learn about what happened to the old city.
Running around with a nail sword, your main combat centres around hitting enemies, and there are many of them. Becoming better is not a question of just levelling up. Players discover spells, which dish out a significant amount of damage (and other effects), and also have a library of passive abilities, as granted by badges which will determine the manner in which you transverse the world. Sometimes it is frantic button mashing, other times you will regret everything as you trudge back to your body after dying in the same place for the 5th time. I never really wanted that money anyway…
The world is not just a place of violence and enemies. As you move through you will discover a colourful range of different characters. Some will want to see you dead, others will help you on your way. But it is this amazing combination of lively and livid which breeds an absolutely charming atmosphere. You want to delve further into the depths, if for no other reason than meeting that smug old hero just one more time.
Hollow Knight is a game that is almost perfectly made for speed runners. It is as simple as you like, or as challenging as you dare. There is a lot to explore, but you will not feel sad racing to the end for the third, fourth of fifth times. It is not so threatening as some of the other metroidvania games; If you are not used to this genre, Hollow Knight is a great place to start, otherwise this is a title which may not revolutionise, but it will still entertain.