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Play OverviewPlay Overview

Portal Knights (2016) is an adventure set in a Minecraft-like world, that focuses much more on role-play and characters. You still have the exploration and building elements, but also more story and monsters to take down.

In a world torn apart by the Fracture and terrorised by the Hollow King, you and your friends are its only hope. You can craft items such as pickaxes, swords and tools to smash blocks, fight monsters, and construct elaborate buildings, armour and weapons. As you do that you level up your character.

Choose to be a Warrior, Mage or Ranger, then customise your appearance, abilities, and gear. As you progress, along with levelling, you can acquire more powerful weapons, spells, and special abilities. When you are ready you can take on the Greatbeast "boss" creatures.

Along with the adventure you create, the world itself is evolving around you. The ever-changing landscape responds as you complete quests and earn exclusive items during random events across the fractured world.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Portal Knights 4 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 4 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Role-Play game with Action, Adventure, Creative, Fighting, Narrative and Simulation elements. You can play with 1 to 4 players in the same room or as a 4-player online game. Play with friends in 4-person cooperative multiplayer or on a 2-player split screen. Work together to build awe-inspiring architecture and explore dangerous dungeons or play separately.

You can play this game in the following styles:


Play Time: This game will take between 27 hours and 29 hours to complete. This is for the main story and doesn't include time hanging out building or additional content.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 7 for non-realistic violence towards fantasy characters and depictions of non-realistic violence set in a child-friendly setting or context. Players can explore randomly-generated islands in Content-specific issues Players can attack using magic spells and melee. Upon impact, the fantastical characters flash and blink whilst displaying lost health points. Enemies disappear in a puff of smoke when defeated, resulting in loot and experience point rewards. The game features a boss fight with a rather intimidating-looking dragon.
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

11+ 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. For players looking for more challenge and role-play options than Minecraft this is a great option. You need to manage your character's abilities alongside the crafting, mining and combat.

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.
  • 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.


Portal Knights usually costs £4.99 to £15.99.

Portal Knights

Switch Store Switch £14.99
Steam Store PC £14.99
PlayStation Store PS4 £15.99 Free

PS Plus Extra

PlayStation Store PS4 £15.99
App Store iOS £4.99
Android Store Android Free Free

Google Play Pass

Portal Knights

XBox Store Xbox X|S £15.99
XBox Store Xbox One £15.99
Android Store Android £4.99
There are the following additional 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.
    • You need to purchase a Xbox Live Gold subscription to play online with Xbox One.
You can purchase packs that grant new characters, outfits, creatures and locations. 
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DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 25/02/2016, updated in 2017

Out Now: Android, PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One and iOS

Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds

Players: 1-4 (4 online)

Genres: Role-Play (Action, Adventure, Creative, Fighting, Narrative and Simulation)

Accessibility: 0 features documented (Tweet Developer )

Components: 3D First-Person, Blocks, Day and Night and Open World

Developer: Keen SWH (@KeenSWH)

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