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Knockout City (2021) is a futuristic sports game where rival crews take on dodgeball style battles. It combines arena battles with projectile combat. With the focus on the ball as much as the other players, this brings more strategy and a great emphasis on sports gameplay than games like Overwatch or Fortnite.

You can customise your character and create a team with friends. Then take on opponents in online matches opponents. These are sprawling battles that take place in large open city environments. You learn a range of trick shots and coordinated team moves to take down opponents. Passing the ball powers it up to increase damage.

Although each match is either 3v3, 4v4, or free-for-all, there are a range of ball types, locations, and game modes. These will be expanded each season with new content and game options.

The result is a high octane game that combines the skill-based locomotion of Rocket League with the more direct competitive nature of games like Overwatch. It’s easy to pick up but requires practice to master.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Knockout City 3 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 5 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is an Action and Traversal game with Collecting, Fighting and Sports elements. You can play this by yourself or as a 8-player online game. Cross-Play: You can play across different systems.

You can play this game in the following styles:


Play Time: It takes between 6 minutes and 12 minutes to play a round of this game.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 7 because it features mild violence in a child-friendly setting. This game features non-realistic mild violence. When human characters are hit with dodgeballs, they flash red and are knocked backwards. When defeated, they fall to the ground in slow-motion. Players can also be hit by cars. This simply knocks the player backwards and does not cause injury.
Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.

Skill Level

10+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it’s important for parents and guardians to ensure they understand in-game purchases and have spending limits set-up.

Account Rating

  • You need be 18-years-old to to subscribe to Xbox Live Gold for online play, but can then configure family accounts for younger players to play online with Xbox One or Xbox Series X|S.
  • You need be 18-years-old to subscribe to Nintendo Online, but can then create accounts for children of any age to play online with Nintendo Switch.
  • You need be 18-years-old to subscribe to PlayStation Plus for online play, but can create sub-accounts for younger players of 7-years or older to play online with PlayStation 4 or PlayStation 5.


Knockout City

Steam Store PC Free
XBox Store Xbox X|S Free
XBox Store Xbox One Free
PlayStation Store PS5 Free
PlayStation Store PS4 Free
Steam Store PC Free
Switch Store Switch Free
This game is free to play, but there are other costs associated with this game:
  • In-Game Purchases: Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.
  • You need a subscription to play online:
    • You need to purchase a Nintendo Online subscription to play online with Nintendo Switch.
    • You need to purchase a PlayStation Plus subscription to play online with PlayStation 4 or PlayStation 5.
    • You need to purchase a Xbox Live Gold subscription to play online with Xbox One or Xbox Series X|S.
There's a Brawl Shop in the game, where you can buy cosmetic items for customisation with Holobux. You earn Holobux just by playing and levelling up, but if you want to buy Holobux with real money. 
It's important to set up your accounts and devices appropriately. More information is on our Financial Resources page.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 21/05/2021

Price: Free

Out Now: PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox X|S

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Players: 1 (8 online)

Genres: Action, Traversal (Collecting, Fighting and Sports)

Accessibility: 29 features

Components: 3D Third-Person

Developer: Velan Ventures (@VelanVentures)

Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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