[PlayStation 4] Balancelot Review
In physics-based Balancelot from AnvilBird Interactive, Jestercraft, and Ratalaika Games, you help a squire become a knight. Check our Balancelot review!
In this satirical medieval fantasy tale, a poor squire dreams to attend and conquer the kingdom’s jousting tournament. But because he’s poor, he cannot even afford a horse. However, the unicycle happens to be close enough so the epic journey may begin!
Knights have to prove their strength to defend the kingdom. A squire wants to be a knight but is so poor that he can’t afford to have a horse to ride on. He decides to go to the tournament to become a knight but ends up entering by riding a unicycle! While you can select from a few different main characters, this is merely cosmetic, as it will not change the gameplay in any way.
Speaking of the gameplay, you’ll need a moment to adapt to the bizarre controls of Balancelot. Since you’ll be riding on a unicycle, you will have to press the L1 or R1 buttons to pedal forward or backwards. At all times, the squire will be out of balance, and you’ll have to coordinate his balance by using the right analog stick to keep him in check. The controls of this game are over-the-top, and, while fun at first, the novelty can quickly run out, turning into a frustrating experience.
The level design is good, with many challenging setups to complete, as well as an art style that will play with the whole medieval setting of this 2D physics-based adventure. The whole game looks like it was hand-painted on cloth. The characters are sharp and detailed. Obstacles and hazards will be waiting for you every step of the way. You’ll be looking at pits, hard to conquer slopes and some enemies that are easy to get rid of using the Square button.
Balancelot isn’t an easy game and reaching the later levels requires a lot of skill and patience. But, if you’re here mainly for the Platinum trophy, you should be pleased to hear that it can be obtained quite quickly. If you do things right, a new Platinum can be added to your collection in 15-20 minutes or so. You’re looking at 11 Gold Trophies, and then the Platinum will be yours. Trophies are straightforward and should unlock naturally as you play this one.
Balancelot is a unique title, with an interesting look and psychics-based gameplay mechanics that you’re either going to love or hate. And if you’re a trophy hunter looking for a quick Platinum, this is a good option for you.
If you need help with the trophies, here’s a trophy guide to help you
This Balancelot review is based on a PlayStation 4 copy provided by Ratalaika Games.