Wind up your knight and slash your way through chickens, spikes and a plethora of other obstacles. Wind Up Knight is a fun game that looks great on your Android phone or tablet. With colorful graphics and simple touch-based controls, it’s worth checking out.
It’s easy to get lost in Google Play’s app store, especially when it comes to games. When we asked for suggestions for our list of the best Android games, readers were quick to point out Wind-Up Knight. They were right to – this game was clearly designed with love, and it’s a worthy distraction for every Android user.
With an adorable wind-up protagonist and seemingly simple controls, this timing-based game will challenge you more than you’d expect.
Run! Jump! Swing!
Modern tablets and phones don’t come with joysticks, relying on the touch screen for input. This is great for touch-based games (like Angry Birds) but not always ideal for traditional platformers. On-screen buttons work, but game designers need to be careful about what they’re used for. On-screen arrow buttons, for example, rarely work well and can diminish an otherwise great game.
Wind Up Knight works around this with its clockwork protagonist, who never stops running. Movement being constant, the player needs only be concerned with jumping, swinging the sword, ducking and other motions. Just press the on-screen buttons, as seen below:
Sound easy? You’d be surprised. Obstacles come up quickly, and wasting time to get things right is not an option: your Knight only stays wound up for so long. The obstacles become increasingly complex to navigate, and you’ll find yourself forgetting which button is where. You’ll need practice to get through everything.
It’s a worthy distraction.
As the Knight runs and jumps he picks up coins, which you can use to purchase equipment. Some make the game easier; some is eventually necessary.
You can earn points outside the game by sharing links to it, or by simply buying them.
That’s not the only in-game payment possible. The first set of levels, or “Book”, is included with the free game. Additional levels can be unlocked by buying them or by using the above-mentioned coins.
It’s an interesting freemium strategy: you can keep playing by obsessively re-playing levels and collecting coins, or you can spend a couple of dollars. Up to you.
And for the completists: there are collectable cards and medallions. You can view all of them anytime – replay the levels and try to collect everything.
Not everyone will bother, but it gives players a reason to re-play completed levels. Maybe you’ll pick up some coins while you’re at it.
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I’ve enjoyed this game so far, but I want to know what you guys think. Is Wind-Up Knight worth checking out? Share your thoughts, and tips for playing the game, in the comments below. Thanks!
Oh, and be sure to check out our complete list of the best Android games for more distractions. You’ll find something you’ll like, even if you’re not wild about this one.