Knights And Bikes

Game Info

Developer
Foam Sword
Release Date
August 27, 2019
Multiplayer modes
Co Op, Local, Online
Platforms
PlayStation 4, PC
Monetization
One Time Purchase
Review Score
6.5

In Knights And Bikes, you play as the 1980s British island native Demelza and the recently arrived orphan Nessa, setting out to uncover a long-lost treasure in order to save Demelza's family from foreclosure. Personalize your bikes, solve puzzles and fight enemies while uncovering an ancient curse that threatens the island. And take care of your pet goose, Captain Honkers, of course.

From the website of the game's developer, Foam Sword:

"KNIGHTS AND BIKES is a hand-painted action-adventure for 1 or 2 players, set on on British island in the 1980s. It's a coming-of-age story starring Nessa & Demelza, exploring the coasts of Penfurzy on their trusty bikes, looking for a legendary lost treasure in a Goonies-inspired tale of excitement, danger, fun and friendship.

The two new friends, along with their pet-goose and the pickled-head of an undead knight, form the Penfurzy Rebel Bicycle Club, and are ready for anything this adventure throws at them. They pedal into danger to face threats head-on with frisbees, water-balloons, video game controllers and the powerful beats of an amplified boom-box.

Along the way they'll stuff their pockets with trinkets and barter for bike upgrades, spurring them onwards down the island's country lanes, windswept beaches, deep forests, modern attractions and ancient ruins.

Together their friendship will create an adventure as big as their imaginations.

Features

  • Best friends forever! Play single-player with an AI companion, couch co-op or online co-op.
  • Solve puzzles and deal with enemies using your improvised abilities! These include: frisbees, water-balloons, puddle-stomping welly boots, and a powerful boom-box stereo.
  • Work together! Both characters have different skills so you'll want to experiment with how they combine in order to succeed.
  • Explore the island! Seek out its modern tourist-attractions and ancient ruins, both on foot and on your customised bikes.
  • Discover treasure! Ranging from trinkets like broken action-figures and animal skulls, to the legendary riches rumoured to be hidden on the island.
  • Upgrade your bikes! Barter with adults (offload your junk) so you can personalise your bikes, unlock extra abilities or at the very least: get those training-wheels removed!
  • Tend to your pet goose! Captain Honkers has a keen nose-beak and can help you find what you need, if you keep him fed and happy."
Developer Quote
"The initial inspiration for the game and its themes came from coming-of-age movies, particularly from the 1980s, films like The Goonies. Those movies where kids that are pushing at the boundaries of their childhood experience, rebelling a little from their parents, finding their own identities but within the framework of a grand treasure-hunting adventure. The easy option for us would have been to just make a direct homage to that film, but that wouldn’t have been so creatively rewarding to develop, nor as surprising and memorable to players. So the final game is more of a blend, the classic relatable feelings of being a kid, getting your first bike and using it to gain independence, but with a very specific and unusual setting to give players something new." - creative lead and co-creater and Rex Crowle on Skwigly