One of my favourite children’s films of all time is Stomps. Watching kids my age go on adventures to find a pirate treasure was incredible! Knights and Bikes borrows a lot from a classic movie and adventurous games like The Mana Collection. In this game children go on an adventure to find a treasure and save their home. The only problem is the curse on the island, which will be difficult to lift.
At the beginning of the game we meet Demelza and her father on the island of Penfurzi, who fall on a ferry with goods for the winter. The island is a summer holiday destination, so when winter comes, they close. As the ferry port, we discover there’s a stowaway named Nessa. When she arrives, she disembarks and accidentally ends up in Demelza’s mobile home, where they quickly become friends. On their first adventure, they visit a miniature golf course and discover that the bank is seizing their property. The good news is, someone’s hidden treasure on the island. The bad news is it’s cursed. Armed with Frisbee and water shoes, they go treasure hunting.
Knights and Motorcycles is an adventurous role-playing game at its core. Two girls can be controlled by two different players in cooperative mode. Or one person can control both characters and switch from one to the other. In solo mode, the AI of the second girl is actually pretty smart. For puzzles that require both, the second girl is automatically assigned to her part of the puzzle once the first girl has solved the first part. While some games make it difficult to control multiple characters, this game does it with ease. The steering is pretty good, but the biggest problem during my test was Nessa’s first gun, which was a little pain in the ass. Otherwise the navigation was liquid.
The graphics of the game integrate perfectly with the hand-drawn style of the characters and the environment. The facial expressions of the girls are reminiscent of those of young children with different personalities, Demelza is the boisterous redhead and Nessa the quiet, cool and collected.
The sound effects department really shines in this game. When the girls run, they make up their own sound effects. For example, one of them stretches out his arms while walking, pretending to fly like a jet plane, and another makes the futuristic sound of a Jetson flying machine by turning his head. These little touches remind us of what it was like to be a child with a big imagination.
To dive even deeper into the children: When the girls first come into contact with the exclusion signs placed around the island, they worry that the signs will spoil their adventures and that they won’t be able to tell their stories. Other little tricks like holding the button for a high five and a healing patch are perfect for this type of game.
Knights and Bikes is a fun ride on a British island in the eighties. It’ll take you about eight hours. The game is very charming, and the story is simple enough, but fun enough to keep you entertained while you play. Players of all ages should find something here that appeals to them.
Knights and Bicycles Overview
- Graphs – 9/10
- Sound – 9/10
- Gameplay – 8/10
- Late call – 7/10
Final thoughts: GRAND
Foam Sword has come up with a great game involving knights and cyclists. The game really gives the impression of exploring the island through the eyes of the children. If you have enjoyed Goonies and Adventure RPGs, you should not miss this game.
Chris is passionate about video and board games. JRPGs are close to his heart and he loves to listen to quality soundtracks for games!
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