Watching the Kickstarter video for Knights and Bikes, it’s damn-near impossible for me to suppress the silly smile on my face. The thing’s just so infectiously joyous, even though there’s clearly an undercurrent of POSSIBLY SINISTER THINGS beneath its adorable exterior.
Its creators (comprised of a small gathering of folks who’ve previously worked on other infectiously joyous things like LittleBigPlanet, Tearaway and Ratchet & Clank) call it “a co-op adventure about childhood inspired by The Goonies & Earthbound“. The lovely hand-drawn art is what initially drew me to it, but the game itself sounds every bit as intriguing as its aesthetic. You play as Nessa and Demelza, two young girls on an adventure to find the truth behind the medieval legends of their island home of Penfurzy. Here, just read this and try to pretend you’re not immediately in love:
“Teaming up with Demelza’s pet goose, and the pickled severed head of a fallen-knight, they fling Frisbees at demons, trick-out their bikes to reach new locations, and increase their abilities with each islander they rescue.”
In essence, you traverse a beautiful (but financially ruined) island, rescue missing island-dwellers, battle strange foes with an assortment of weird weaponry, hoover up sweet loot, and upgrade your abilities and your bike along the way. If you haven’t already done so, you should watch the pitch video above to see how it all looks in action.
Knights and Bikes can be played solo or cooperatively with a buddy. Currently it’s only planned for release on PC, Mac and Linux, but that could change depending on how well the Kickstarter does. Speaking of which, they’re looking for £100,000 to make it happen, and are currently at just under £30,000 with 29 days to go.