Our examiner, Ben Kendall, first checked Acid Knife 4 months ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 12 weeks ago.
You play a small creature in a hellish, dark landscape that seems to shift and writhe as you move, and must face hideous, horrific monsters, like rotting, undead spiders and flying, bony, serpentine apparitions. To kill them, you hit them in their weak spots, highlighted by glowing red areas, with arrows and knives while simultaneously dodging and avoiding their attacks.
As you progress you learn that each of your actions, such as blocking, dodging, eating and attacking, are governed by items you hold: axes, knives, potions or even instruments. These can be knocked out of your hand by your opponents which forces you to improvise and think up a new strategy on the fly as you try to recover your item.
The result is a unique blend of careful movement and attacks with quick thinking and flexibility as you continually adapt to each new situation you find yourself in, creating a novel and engaging game.
Your character has a skeleton head and you fight grotesque monsters. This is all depicted with limited colours and pixels so doesn't look life-like.
10+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. You need to be quick and precise as you fight the ever-moving monsters. You need to be decisive and improvise when you find yourself in unexpected circumstances.
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