Fighting with the strength of many men, The Black Knight must battle through a dark and unusual fairy tale world to rid it of an unexpected evil.
Black Knight Sword is an unusual game for unusual gamers. The idea is to send ourselves back to the 90’s, lock the door, forget the outer world and enjoy the pure gameplay. This traditional side-scrolling action game will provide us with uncountable trials, failures and the joy of beating the unbeatable. It is not hard to lay back on the couch and get lost in the world of the Black Knight. Suda51 and Grasshopper Manufacture did a lot with the look and feel of the game. If you still want more, turn up the speakers and be enchanted by Akira Yamaoka’s composing and sound design.
Not many contemporary titles have such a unique world like Black Knight Sword. We are sitting in a theatre and living the fairy tale of the Black Knight, fighting his battles, suffering from his wounds… and surely rejoicing in his victory. Wherever we are, whatever we face, we’ll repeatedly ask one question: “What the hell was that supposed to be?” We may find our own answers, but this audiovisual experience will be burned into our minds forever. Everything looks and sounds shocking and confusing, but if we climb up onto the top of this mountain built of the game’s uniquely crafted elements, we will see the entire horizon: a matchless world that gives us an inimitable experience.
Not only is the ‘look and feel’ twisted — the storyline blows it away. In the first scene we find ourselves (our beloved Black Knight) hanging on a rope. When we get back on the ground we become possessed by Black Hellebore, the Sword Spirit. The entire story is a messed up fairy tale from this point on. As any worthwhile knight would, we set off to find the Princess, but the purpose is elimination rather than rescue. I won’t start to analyze the story in depth or try to define the hook of the game. We will all find them out; the game speaks to each every one of us in our own language. We can’t resist, Suda51 will most certainly pick us up and drop us in the middle of the tale on the stage.
Prepare your tickets, take your seats and enjoy the show.