This is just one of many games that I discovered when working in the computer labs at college. I had very little to do, but a lot of time to waste, so playing flash games became a normal occurrence. Chibi Knight is a game that while short, has plenty of depth. It’s surprisingly well put together for a sidescrolling Action RPG. Zelda II (the only Zelda game that comes close to resembling a RPG) fans will certainly like Chibi Knight.
On the overworld map, there are a number of monsters and places you can encounter. Upon touching one of these, you will be transported from the overhead view to a sidescrolling level. When encountering enemies, you must fight them with your sword and magic spells, just like Adventure of Link. Also like AOL, you can only use your sword and magic in this portion of the game. Other areas can also be entered. These consist of places like a fountain and the homes of various wizards. If you guessed that the wizards give you magic, you’d be correct.
Attacking is easily done by pressing A, while Chibi Knight moves about with the arrow keys. When you have magic available, you can press S to open the magic menu and A to choose your desired spell. When you defeat enemies you gain experience points, and when you gather a specific amount a menu will open and ask you to spend, or save the points. You can level up your attack, magic, and armor. Leveling these stats up not only make you stronger, but change the appearance of your sword, magic, and armor respectively.
Until now, I haven’t described this game’s story. As Chibi Knight, you are the only person that can save the area from three dangerous monsters, or beasts as the game calls them. Essentially, you will have three extremely important bosses to take down to complete the game. Each boss fight is unique from one another and are a lot of fun to boot. Easily, these sections were my favourite part of the game.
There are some other ideas thrown in such as finding and using keys, using an axe to chop wood, and finding boots that allow you to walk on water. This little tiny bit of depth adds some variety and make the game even more fun.
While the gameplay is good, Chibi Knight also excels in the soundtrack department. There are some great tunes here, that may not be epic orchestrated tracks, but work for a small, adventurous flash game. Though, Chibi Knight’s voice is grating, and could be compared to Baby Mario’s cry. I can honestly see the voice turning people away from the game.
Getting back to the good, Chibi Knight is a fantastic looking game. Its visuals remind me a little of Castle Crashers. Colorful hand-drawn backgrounds, characters, and even some original designs can be found in Chibi Knight! My personal favourite has to be the giant purple warthog that swings a mace. No other style would fit this game, so I couldn’t imagine it with a different look.
I’ve already wrote more than I intended to write about this game, but that’s the magic of Chibi Knight. I also had no intentions of beating the game today, but I did that as well. It draws me in with its awesome visuals, addicting gameplay, and simplistic story. The developer recognizes that this game borrows from Zelda II and even challenges you to look for references.
I think Chibi Knight proves that the gameplay from Zelda II can work. Actually, I feel that it worked for Zelda II, but then again I wouldn’t want all Zelda games to play that way. Ultimately, I’m left with a craving for two things: Chibi Knight 2, and Zelda II Part 2.