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Generally favorable reviews- based on 469 Ratings

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  • Summary: Hollow Knight is a 2D action-adventure game with an emphasis on traditional 2D animation and skillful gameplay. Journey to Hallownest, a vast and ancient underground kingdom inhabited by a bizarre collection of insects and monsters. Players will forge their own path as they explore ruinedHollow Knight is a 2D action-adventure game with an emphasis on traditional 2D animation and skillful gameplay. Journey to Hallownest, a vast and ancient underground kingdom inhabited by a bizarre collection of insects and monsters. Players will forge their own path as they explore ruined cities, forests of fungus, temples of bone and other fantastic lands, all on their way to uncovering an ancient mystery. Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 27
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 27
  3. Negative: 0 out of 27
  1. NF Magazine
    Sep 5, 2018
    100
    There's never a low point. Only the desire for more. [Issue #35 – September/October 2018, p. 17]
  2. 100
    Hollow Knight’s cryptic lore doled out in pieces leads me to believe I saved Hollownest in my ending, but an after-credits screen shows a 73% completion in 27 hours of play. I may have finished, but I’m far from done. I still have tons of upgrades, optional bosses, a true ending and a mantis to overcome. And I’m itching to jump back in.
  3. Jun 27, 2018
    95
    Hollow Knight won't leave you hollow; quite the opposite. This incredible 'metroidvania', most likely the best example the genre has met in over 20 years, will leave you full with a feeling only a few games have achieved: the feeling of having played a masterpiece.
  4. Jun 19, 2018
    90
    Hollow Knight is a big, beautiful, forbidding Metroidvania that's absolutely thick with detail. From its punchy combat system to its charming art and sound design, this is one of the finest adventures you can have on Nintendo Switch.
  5. Jul 16, 2018
    90
    Hollow Knight is absolutely a masterpiece. The art style is fantastic, the level designs are outstanding, and battles are challenging and fun. If you enjoy Metroidvania games, don't hesitate trying it.
  6. Jun 29, 2018
    90
    Hollow Knight confirms on Switch all the good it displayed in its PC version: we're talking about one of the best (if not the best) metroidvania of recent years, graced by gorgeous art direction and a fantastic level of challenge. A must buy if you're not afraid of difficult titles.
  7. Jun 27, 2018
    80
    Dark and beautiful, you’ll come for Hollow Knight’s visual appeal, but you’ll stay for the challenge and responsive combat.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 17 out of 133
  1. Jun 13, 2018
    10
    I’m about 10 hrs in and feel like I haven’t even scratched the surface of this game. My gaming life started with watching my dad play MetroidI’m about 10 hrs in and feel like I haven’t even scratched the surface of this game. My gaming life started with watching my dad play Metroid on the NES while my mom drew the maps by hand, and the then eventually playing Super Metroid SNES. This game expands on every metroidvania experience there has ever been. Great game, worth the wait. Expand
  2. Jun 24, 2018
    10
    Worth every penny you pay. It has so many powers you unlock by fighting bosses and every single time you get one you feel so rewarded. It hasWorth every penny you pay. It has so many powers you unlock by fighting bosses and every single time you get one you feel so rewarded. It has a lot of extra content and it's pretty long for its cost. It's simple combat allows it to be appealing to casual players. However, the game can be hard at times so it could not appeal to them as much as it looks. Hollow Knight is one of the best metroidvania games there are and I would definitely recommend it. Expand
  3. Jul 13, 2018
    10
    Im a recent convert to the Metroidvania genre, but i have since gone back and played all the classic ones like Super Metroid and the like, andIm a recent convert to the Metroidvania genre, but i have since gone back and played all the classic ones like Super Metroid and the like, and this stands with those games, and in some ways surpasses them. Don't miss out on this one Expand
  4. Jun 21, 2018
    10
    INCREDIBLE ,no not the movie,but this game,i think this might be my favourite indie game I ever played.
    The graphics are beautiful and
    INCREDIBLE ,no not the movie,but this game,i think this might be my favourite indie game I ever played.
    The graphics are beautiful and unique,the sound is also really good
    It's also unbelievable that this game holds so many secrets and is good for 20 hours or even more ( 15 bucks!)
    it has some frustrating moments ,but those are easily outshined by all the great moments.
    Was going to give a 9 ,but then i realised this indie game has more content then destiny 2 (at launch),so i give it a 10
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  5. Jul 9, 2018
    9
    El juego es muy completo y no defrauda al recordar los viejos juegos de plataformas, con mapas no muy extensos pero con bloqueos bienEl juego es muy completo y no defrauda al recordar los viejos juegos de plataformas, con mapas no muy extensos pero con bloqueos bien diseñados para dirigir el avance del jugador. Hay que valerse mucho de la memoria y los marcadores para poder completarlo al 100% Expand
  6. Jun 18, 2018
    9
    I normally dislike games that are this difficult, but the total package this game offers is incredible. Story (ableit light), graphics, sound,I normally dislike games that are this difficult, but the total package this game offers is incredible. Story (ableit light), graphics, sound, controls, combat... all amazing. I've found myself beating my head against the wall on a few bosses, but each time I fight them, I get better. The game does a great job of giving you boss encounters that you can learn with a few tries, so the frustration level never gets too high.

    For contrast, I fully rage quit a couple of times on Axiom Verge, and went to play something else for a while, but I haven't picked up another game since getting Hollow Knight.
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  7. Dec 8, 2018
    0
    Freaking INPUT LAG. Wish I had an option to refund this... As a Christmas gift...

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