|Platform: Wii U, PC, PS3, Vita Genre: Platforming/Adventure|
|The gently swaying over-sized plants in the background are an interesting artistic touch.|
This is just one of many differently styled areas which each have ambient music
and sounds to set the mood.
This third chapter is where the majority of the game takes place and you'll spend it with the goal of ringing six bells and saving the world (or maybe not - the legend could be a myth as some characters suspect). In order to ring the bells, you'll have to find miscellaneous items to pay the gatekeepers by doing quests for people which are mostly just doing tricky platforming and finding hidden passages. The map is huge and there's a ton to explore. There are even extra secret areas outside the boundaries of the map with extra challenging challenges. Unfortunately for Wii U owners, there's not much reason to find these exceedingly well-hidden and difficult challenges because all they gain you is an achievement. Even the other hidden items are unexciting to get because they offer little benefit except to get you past gatekeepers or to offer you back story on characters that you likely won't see again (although the dialogue is well written and often amusing). By the way, this dialogue between your two fairy companions and the people of the world is the sole reason for the game's M rating; there's some usage of F-bombs, among other vulgar language. Shoutout to ESRB for giving a game with swear words the same rating as Grand Theft Auto.
|You are Mi. You travel with the super optimistic Dora and her super negative friend Cilia.|
Mi is mute, so these two fairy companions do most of the talking.
|Not that this game is stupid by any means.|
There is certainly some fun to be had in Knytt Underground, but after several hours of it, it gets old. If you're looking for a nice, relaxing game with lots of exploration or if you're just a fan of Nifflas, this game might be for you. Just know that this isn't really a Metroidvania due to the lack of new abilities and that it might not be for you if you require nonstop action in your games.
For another mellow exploration-based game, check out Ico. Or, for a Metroidvania game that actually has combat and upgradeable abilities, give Guacamelee! a try.