An eerie horror game has crept its way from PC over to Xbox One and bought some dark secrets with it. Knock Knock is a survival game with a unique twist, you the lodger spend your nights wandering the cabin you occupy, trying to piece together the puzzle before you and figure out the mystery that plagues your nightmares. Evil is seeping in from every corner and to survive the night you must maintain your cabin by fixing rooms, repairing the damaged lights throughout the cabin and do your best to prevent your sanity from unraveling completely.
As one of the descendants of a group of lodgers spanning over several generations, you now to have been given the task to look over the cabin as did those before you… but recently things seem to be a miss, undistinguishable noises late at night, doors swinging opening and slamming shut along with rooms that were once familiar to you now appearing as if you’d never stepped foot in them before. Things quickly become unsettling for the lodger, are these just hallucinations plaguing his insomnia-afflicted mind or is there something far more sinister behind all of this…
There is an unusual cabin deep in the woods. It had served as a laboratory and a dwelling for three generations of Lodgers.But as of late the latest Lodger has been noticing weird changes in familiar surroundings; things are missing, noises and rattle heard. Something odd is coming out of the woods. Come night, it seems like someone’s made himself at home in the twilight of rooms, attics, and cellars. You need to stay awake and sane till dawn. The Lodger is wandering the rooms, evading the unknown, counting minutes till morning. But it’s only in the night that he can solve the main puzzle and find the answers. What’s going on? Are the Guests real, or are they just figments of his insomniac imagination? What’d happened to the forest? What’s happening to the cabin? Is there a line between reality and imagination?
The beginning of Knock Knock left me anxious, I was worried that I wasn’t going to enjoy myself but I was quickly proven wrong. After a somewhat lackluster start, the game became much more enjoyable as things began to pick up. Knock Knock has a pretty neat concept that makes the game stand out amongst the crowd, you spend the majority of your time trying to maintain your sanity by keeping your house well wit, leaving your rooms as you remembered them and by repairing any damages that have occurred during the night. Seems simple enough… right? Well, unfortunately, things aren’t going to be that easy and due to the madness that plagues your mind and your cabin, it’s going to be a little bit more difficult than that to survive the night. After things pick up, it’s no longer a case of simply restoring damages and rooms back to what they once were, you also need to start preparing yourself for the invasion of grotesque monsters that are peering from the gloomiest corners of every room with the goal of ending your life.
As you begin restoring rooms and navigating your way through the cabin, sometimes you’ll hear a clatter or smash resulting in either a door being locked behind your or a room becoming damaged. Meaning what was once a means of safety, now holds more danger than ever before. Sometimes it may be a room at the opposite side of the house, other times it may even be the room in which you are currently in. This quickly turns things on their head because as soon as the lights go out, so does your chances of survival, because before you know it the creatures that have been plaguing your nightmares begin to prowl the house looking for you. Getting yourself into the nearest well-lit room is sometimes enough to save you, but there isn’t always that option and you’ll need to think on your feet. This is where restoring rooms within the house comes into play, the more you repair these rooms, the more opportunities become available for you to utilize. Whether that’s hiding spots for when you have nowhere else to run or simply a means to progress through the level and onto another night. Without these essential hiding spots, the creatures will make quick work of you and before you know it, everything will be over.
If this happens, you’ll be required to restart the level over and try to make it through the night once again. This doesn’t mean it will be a rinse and repeat of what happened last time. You’ll still need to stay on your toes and tread carefully because you never know what is around the corner. To allow you to mix things up, some rooms contain points that allow you to pass time in short segments enabling you to bypass a short period of time and in some cases the last remaining minutes of the night. Which is a pretty neat concept, but that doesn’t mean you should become careless, because when you come into contact with the creatures that prowl the house, they will increase the amount of time left until sunrise, that if they don’t kill you before that. I’d go into more detail in regards to the gameplay, but I don’t want to spoil anything, but I will give you some tips on what to and what not to do during the night!
- Fixing nearby breaches before an eye appears.
- Check out all of the rooms that you can.
- Activate all of the clocks you come across.
- Spend large amounts of time or the entire time in hiding.
- Reusing the same hiding spots over and over.
- Turn on lights when the creatures are in the room with you.
I could share some more tips, but I’ll leave the rest to you!
I’m not going to go into the story and spoil the game here, I feel that it’s a game that you yourself need to experience in order to enjoy and get the most out of, and to be honest for the games asking price, it is well worth the asking price of £5.59. The story is relatively short, but due to how the game is structured there’s plenty of opportunities for you to replay levels differently, experience the games different endings and explore all that Knock Knock has to offer!
Knock Knock is quite a simple game but it has a somewhat bumpy start due to not having the best explanation as to what you’re meant to do. Although, to be fair it doesn’t take long to piece it together yourself if you’re paying attention to what is going on around you. Knock Knock is a short and sweet horror game that will be sure to give you hours of enjoyment if you seek out all that it has to offer.
- Gorgeous Art Style
- Well Timed Audio Cues
- The Game’s Mechanics Keeps You On Your Toes
- Disgusting And Unnerving monsters
- The Audio For The Dialogue Was Quite Irritating At Times
- Short Story
- Has An Inability To Explain Itself
- Not The Best Start To A Game
Gameplay : 7
Graphics : 8
Sound : 6
Value : 7
Overall : 7 / 10
Knock Knock is a unique puzzle game with a twist, albeit it rather short in regards to the length of the game, it more than makes up for it with multiple endings to achieve and secrets to unlock. Although there a few negatives above that may seem like a put off to some, for the asking price, it’s well worth picking it up and giving it a shot. If you’re looking for something to unwind with late at night, then this is the game for you. I’d also like to say thanks to the team over at Ice-Pick Lodge for a review copy of the game, it has been thoroughly enjoyed!