Save the princess from the Black Knight in Wind-up Knight!

Whenever a new 3D game comes along for Android, I’m always excited, yes 2D games are fun but its hard to separate the bad ones from the good ones, with 3D games, nearly all of them are good quality and they give you a far more immersing experience than traditional 2D games do, atleast in my opinion.

Wind-up knight has a similar story to Mario. Both  characters roll across a 2D world to save the princess from the evil baddy. In this case the evil baddy is the “Black Knight” and you are tasked by the King to rescue her in a letter, as the King mentions that “I know she means a lot to you” (wonder what that means? :P).

Once you’re done reading the letter, followed by a quite funny letter from the Black Knight to the King telling him he has kidnapped his daughter, you’ll begin with the actual gameplay. Black Knight is set across 50+ levels in 4 different worlds so there is no shortage of content.

The first things you notice when you start a level are the graphics. Black Knight has one of the best graphics in a mobile 3D game to date and its up with other greats such as Shadow Gun in that department. The visuals are simply amazing, the background of each level has been given a lot of detail too so the actual stage feels connected to the background. If you are passing a dock for example, you’ll see ships moving here and there in the backgrounds, or a castle across a lake/sea etc. I found it hard looking away from the all the background details and focus on the actual gameplay.

Speaking of the  gameplay, Wind-up knight is very challenging. As the name suggests you are a Knight that needs to be winded up, like a toy, to function. This means if you waste time you’ll run out of juice and fail the level. To avoid this you need to kill enemies and pick up those little keys that are used to wind up toys to keep on the move. You have 4 basic buttons which are introduced as the game goes on.

Wind-up Knight can run (by default), jump with a button press, hit an enemy with his sword, roll and use his shield. You’ll get comfortable with the controls as the level goes on and each new element is introduced. It’s a nice approach in my opinion as you won’t give up on the game, if you pack a lot of features right into the start it might get a bit overwhelming for some people specially considering how difficult Wind-up Knight is.

Once you’re used to the controls, which takes a lot of time, the game starts getting fun. The good thing is “fun” here does not mean playing ridiculously easy levels and passing them with ease. Wind-up Knight never ceases to be challenging and you’ll almost always die here and there in each level as you get hit by a spike or killed by an enemy en route such as a bird or a dog. You can also double jump over objects later on in the game.

While the game itself is free, you can use money in-app for purchases. Purchases include unlocking some levels, buying new swords, shields, armor pieces and helmets. If you don’t feel like spending real money on these accessories you can choose to use the money gained from the levels instead to make purchases. You’ll start off with basic equipment such as a wooden sword, and as the game gets more challenging you can upgrade your  weapons and armors to keep pushing through to the princess.

Each level is considerably hard with many obstacles to over come such as spikes, animals, fire, gaps to jump over and other obstacles combined in a variety of ways to make sure you die. You won’t ofcourse if you’re smart enough and get the controls memorized quickly.

If you do, Wind Up Knight is going to entertain you like no other and keep you busy for hours of quality gaming experience. Its one of the best 3D games on Android, and possibly one of THE best games on a mobile OS and its free with fantastic visuals and gameplay. The only problem I had with the game was that the controls were a bit inaccurate, you need to be very precise to tap on the right button as if you tap a bit away from it, it won’t register a key press which can be very frustrating. That aside, it s a great game , definitely try it out on the Android market and share your experience and any problems you might be facing. Samsung Galaxy S2 users for example are facing slow downs after  a few levels. If you have any problem, report it to the developer so they can fix it as soon as possible.

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