[PlayStation 4] Knight’s Retreat Review
Knight’s Retreat from QUByte Interactive and Minimol is a puzzle game using chess pieces. Check our Knight’s Retreat review!
A chess game without any chess. Rearrange your troops to bring your best Knights back to your Kingdom in an abstract medieval world.
Knight’s Retreat is described as a “chess game without any chess,” and I do think this is the best way to start explaning what this release has to offer. You control a Knight chess piece that is colored differently from the other pieces, and your goal is to move him to the exit using the standard knight chess move in an “L” shape. To add some challenge, once your knight moves and leaves a cell, it is destroyed, and you can’t use it again.
Being a minimalistic puzzle game, the level design is the most important aspect here, and I was surprised to discover how clever the levels are. The difficulty increases at a steady pace, but do be warned that it reaches a point when it ramps up quickly. By the 20th level, you’ll certainly be scratching your head as you try to find the best way to solve each puzzle. If you realize you’ve wasted some of your moves and have destroyed the cells you need to complete the puzzle – or if your Knight is stuck with no cell to move to – you can reset the puzzle by pressing the Triangle button.
As for the controls, I wished there were some more options. For instance, the X and Y-axis of the camera can’t be changed, and I usually play a game with those reversed, so that took a minute for me to get used to things. Speaking of the camera, it is always in free look, but I noticed that every time a level began, it was set too far away, requiring me to adjust it to get closer to the playing area. You’ll move a cursor around, grab a Knight piece, press the X button to grab it, move the cursor o the cell on which you want to leave it, and press the button again to drop it.
The game’s presentation is great, and the different islands on which the levels reside are beautiful to look at, with a soundtrack that is also very relaxing. The trophies unlock every time a new chess piece is added into the action – the Bishop, the Rook, the Queen, and for reaching different milestones as you progress through the game’s stages. It’s a challenging puzzle game that will reward you at the end with a Platinum trophy.
If you’re a fan of puzzle games or a fan of chess, then Knight’s Retreat is for you. It’s a game with a minimalist presentation and easy-to-understand gameplay mechanics, and dozens of levels to complete. It’s also available at a budget price of only $3.99.
If you’re having a hard time finding the solutions, here’s a level-by-level guide to help you get through.
This Knight’s Retreat review is based on a PlayStation 4 copy provided by QUByte Interactive.