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Knack 2 (2017) is an action-adventure where you control a shape-shifting robot called Knack. Following the original game, you battle your way through Pixar-style enemies and solve simple puzzles using your size-shifting abilities. It's familiar territory but stands out for the cooperative play in a beautifully realised cartoon world with really high production values.

Following the events of the first game, Newhaven is under attack from four Titans. Knack, and his companions Lucas and Ava, embark on a quest to uncover ancient weapons and stop the Titans' rampage. You work through a series of long, linear levels, journeying from start to finish, while battling enemies, such as humans, robots, and vehicles, finding secret hidden objects that give Knack upgrades, climbing, destroying objects, and completing jumping and switch-based puzzles.

As you progress you collect parts that allow you to change size. This not only offers greater impact for larger enemies but also allows you to shrink down to get through small gaps. You steadily upgrade your abilities through the skill tree as you collect treasures from the chests you find.

The result is a game that extends not only the story but the features of the first game. It adds offline multiplayer, so an extra player to join and leave the main story at their leisure.

Our examiner, Jo Robertson, first checked Knack 2 8 months ago. It was re-examined by Andy Robertson and updated 7 weeks ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is an Action, Fighting and Platform game with Adventure, Narrative, Puzzle and Shooting elements. You can play with 1 to 2 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online. Knack 2 expands the cooperative side of the experience so that two players can each control their own main character.

 
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DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 11 hours and 15 hours to complete. To see everything can take up to 25 hours.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 7 for violence that lacks any apparent harm or injury to fantasy or mythical beings and creatures, mild violence that lacks any apparent harm or injury to human-like characters and non-realistic violence in a child-friendly setting or context. The game features somewhat frantic violence. Fantasy characters and human characters alike always react with an exaggerated reaction (i.e. robots explode and disintegrate, orcs get knocked back a couple of meters, etc.). Knack has a variety of attacks that can be upgraded later in the game. By default, you have a punch and a kick, as well as a double jump and short hover. The reaction of the characters does not change significantly if you choose a different attack. In this game there are humanlike characters which you need to fight. These humans look very cartoonlike. When hit, the humans flinch or are knocked back. When they get up, they show no signs of pain, injury or any other signs of damage. When defeated, the humans fall to the floor and are launched into the air short after, as if they all have a wire attached to their back. Because of this there are no human bodies in the game area. You can also not hit these bodies as they quickly disappear. The game does feature a disturbing boss battle at the end of the game. Here a relic creature (like Knack) appears. This relic is black and has red glowing eyes. This boss passes as a disturbing element but is not enough to trigger a fear content descriptor.

Skill Level

8+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. The game is more accommodating than the original Knack as it scales the difficulty of the experience to match how the player is doing. Still, younger players need to cope with the frantic action and button pressing. Some puzzles require lateral thinking and good navigation. Harder sections of the game require resilience and forward planning. There's a strong story to follow that needs some maturity to appreciate.

CostsCosts

Knack 2 usually costs £29.99.
 

Knack 2

PlayStation Store PS4 £29.99
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 05/09/2017

Out Now: PS4

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Players: 1-2

Genres: Action, Fighting, Platform (Adventure, Narrative, Puzzle and Shooting)

Accessibility: 17 features

Components: 3D Third-Person and Cartoon

Developer: Sony Japan Studio (@SonyJapanStudio)


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